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Jerk Chicken, Coley's vs. Cha Cha Cha

Ollie May 14, 2007 06:23 AM

Had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken @ both places. At Coley's in No Ho months ago, and just recently @ ChaChaCha in Silverlake. No comparison! CCC being a "Carribean" restaurant, not necesarily Jamaican makes the best Jerk Chicken I've had in The L.A. Area.

It's a true, pathetic shame that Coley's...Being a Jamaican restaurant in plain and simple English...sucks. I'm not Jamaican nor have I ever been to Jamaica to be able to compare it to Authentic Jamaican Food, but in all honesty comparing Cha Cha Cha to Coleys for Jerk...Coley's just plain sucks across the board. Food, service, value portions, everything.

This was my experience back in November:


Been back once in March, in all fairness to give them a chance to "redeem themselves". Not a chance...no improvements in any aspect.

I welcome any comments, pros/cons on either establishment, and/or recommendations for good Jamaican food in L.A.-O.C. area. I would strongly recommend Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake if you like great Jerk, good portions, great service at a reasonable price.

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  1. tony michaels RE: Ollie May 14, 2007 08:07 AM

    If they are still around (?) I had some great jerk chicken at Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant a couple of years ago.

    3426 W. Washington Blvd.
    Los Angeles
    (323) 732-8865.

    1. a_and_w RE: Ollie May 14, 2007 10:06 AM

      Is the Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake related to the one in Santa Monica?

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        limaboy RE: a_and_w May 14, 2007 10:11 AM

        Cha Cha Cha Silverlake...yum


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          TailbackU RE: a_and_w May 15, 2007 04:13 PM

          yes, same ownership I believe. You're talking about the one on Santa Monica blvd, right? Not City of Santa Monica.

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            hungryjungshin RE: a_and_w Sep 17, 2009 11:43 AM

            there's a cha cha cha on santa monica blvd.

            I think you're confusing it with cha cha chicken in santa monica, which is not nearly as good as cha cha cha

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              Dogbite Williams RE: hungryjungshin Sep 17, 2009 07:16 PM

              Hungryjungshin, the Cha Cha Cha on Santa Monica Blvd. one block west of Fairfax is now Baby Blues BBQ.

          2. Hershey Bomar RE: Ollie May 15, 2007 10:14 AM

            Cha cha blah!

            I live in Silver Lake. I love the atmosphere at Cha cha cha. But the food is bad!

            The jerk chicken at chach is a overcooked and dry -- it's just a baked chicken breast with a mole sauce poured over it.

            The Coley's in NoHo is a sad depressing place. The one in Inglewood looks like a chain restaurant.

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              Ollie RE: Hershey Bomar May 20, 2007 09:22 AM

              I strongly disagree! Mine @ CCC was excelent. Large grilled checken breast with tasty Jerk Sauce all over it, not Mole. Have you ever even had Jerk Chicken or know what it is H.B.? Now I'll strong agree with you about Coley's. The food is bad & the place is sad. I miss when it was Villa Sorrento's with the original owners years ago.

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                Hershey Bomar RE: Ollie May 24, 2008 04:54 PM

                I've had jerk chicken many times in Jamaica and it shares no similarities with Cha Cha Blah.

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                  jchoi RE: Hershey Bomar Sep 15, 2009 07:04 PM

                  So where would you recommend Hershey?

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                    carter RE: jchoi Sep 15, 2009 07:08 PM

                    Any restaurant in Kingston!!!

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                      Hershey Bomar RE: jchoi Sep 16, 2009 11:43 AM

                      Cha Cha Blah -- I crack myself up.

                      You might like:

                      Naturali Art Market & Jamaican Restaurant
                      3426 W Washington Blvd
                      Los Angeles, CA 90018
                      (323) 737-9277

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                mdpilam RE: Ollie Sep 15, 2009 11:33 PM

                I've been to CCC once, and thought it was ok, but not worth going back for.

                Best jerk chicken I've had in LA: Port Royal Cafe in Santa Monica.

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                  foodnmusic RE: Ollie Sep 16, 2009 12:25 PM

                  I love Jerk Chicken and make my own on special occasions at home. The best jerk I ever had in LA was at the now defunct Authentic Cafe on Beverly blvd? Anybody ever had it or remember it? 1/2 chicken served with Fried Plantains. I wish I had some now...

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