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Sep 17, 2007 02:33 PM

Cha Fahn (JP) - Great Friday Dinner

The DC and I weren't feeling like the normal JP options on Friday evening and took a chance on finding a table at Cha Fahn. There was no need to worry as several were open, but they shouldn't have been. The food was fantastic and the service competent and endearing.

Started with a cucumber sake cocktail - yum - and shrimp summer rolls; they were probably the weakest element. Entrees were a bowl of beef noodle soup ($12) with some of the best, melt-in-your-mouth hunks of meat and a miso/sake roasted butterfish ($20) - awesome. I'm not sure I'm a sake person, but the recommended bottle went well enough with the food and it was nice to have some selection. Dessert was a fresh popover stuffed with berries and red bean paste ($6), also yummy. The most expensive bottle of wine on the small but decent list is $30 - sakes run about the same, starting at 10-15$ up to $30.

Always forget about this place when thinking of a nice meal in JP, but no longer - I love Ten Tables but it's nice to have another option for superb yet not too pricey dinner!

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  1. i cant wait to try this place. i heard they have good food. i wonder if its authentic.

    1. thanks for the review--been wondering what the story is on this place for awhile. how were portion sizes? were there sides?

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      1. re: autopi

        I can't speak to the authenticity, sorry. The portions were fine - not too small or too large. Spring rolls were 2, cut into 4 halves. My DC's Butterfish was probably 6 or so oz. of fish, with sides of cardamom infused basmati rice and a decent helping of sauteed veggies - summer squash, carrots, maybe others? My soup was a decent sized bowl, smaller than what you'd get a Pho Pasteur but definitely an entree sized portion. Hope that helps!

      2. Did it seem to you as if they were closing? My roommate said she saw a sign that they were selling their furniture and she was under the impression the restaurant was closing soon.

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        1. re: Kbee

          That's their old (uncomfortable, IMO) furniture that they are selling.

          1. re: Kbee

            Yep they are closing. They have applied to sell the beer and wine lic to the bartender of zons and his wife.

          2. I was wondering if you had a chance to try their teas. Still good?

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            1. re: limster

              I didn't try them at this meal, so can't comment directly. My last visit was several months ago for the "Dim Sum Brunch" which they may have discontinued; the tea was quite good then (I'm a tea amateur, though, so with a grain of salt).

              Kbee, it didn't seem like they were closing, but the vibe there is always so relaxed that I do wonder occasionally if they'd notice if they were losing money... if they're just getting rid of their old furniture, I agree with TheScribe that it was mighty uncomfortable and wouldn't be sad to see it gone.