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Cha Cha Cha (Silverlake): Recommendations?

I'm eating here sometime next week. Does anyone have any recommendations on must-try dishes?

Thanks!

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  1. The grilled salad with shrimp is really good and healthy.

    My best friend loves the Jamaican Jerk Chicken.

    1. yes on the jerk chicken. yes on the plantains stuffed with pork (app), yes on the shredded pork....oh and the sangria...yummie.

      1. I love the pollo negro. but I like it with shrimp. I think they make it pretty good at cha cha cha.

        1. are you going for dinner or for brunch? if you're going for brunch, you must try the chilaquilles. delish!

          1. I was particularly fond of their paella valenciana.

            -AquaW
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

            1. I'd love to love this place it's so close to home but the food is pretty awful. Lower your expectations to just enjoying the free Portuguese style bread and you'll be fine.

              The paella is dry like dust. The jerk chicken is a chicken breast smothered in something like a mole negro.

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              1. re: Hershey Bomar

                DITTO! this place stinks. the jerk chicken is not spicy at all. our guacomole came w/ the pit in the guac bowl (decreasing the overall amount by 1/2), the ceviche is terrible. the sangria was ok. that's about all i can say about it.

                1. re: scuzm

                  I come neither to praise nor bury Cha Cha Cha, but I will say that in some places keeping the pit in the guacamole bowl is traditional. Too little, that's a complaint.

                  1. re: Capybara

                    The pit also keeps it from oxidizing (turning brown) too quickly.

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      Right -- or, at least, that was the reason given me for the traditional practice. I didn't know if the reason was rural legend or not.

                      1. re: Capybara

                        thanks guys i knew all those fun facts about the pit already. HOWEVER it was in a tiny little container that literally took up half of the volume.

              2. Anything with the "negro" sauce is delicious. I've enjoyed my food there more when I've stuck with the entrees that are served with black beans, rice and plantains, rather than the "fusion" pizzas, etc. I love the shrimp in the negro sauce.

                Sangria is good, too.

                I think my favorite meal there, though, is brunch.

                Here's a link to their webpage, with menu:

                http://www.theoriginalchachacha.com/S...

                1. A good way to start is with the appetizer sampler platter. Big enough for a meal for one, or for the table to share, it features a lot of their best things.

                  I've been going to this place since it opened 20 years ago, before the crowds arrived. I've never been even slightly disappointed in anything I ordered, ever.

                  1. I like the jerk pork platter, and the sangria is tasty.

                    1. Used to be nice and somewhat exotic. Now seems tired and plain.