Quick Step To Cha Cha Cha…LA Restaurant Review


Food Frenzy Fun Alert.

Saturday night I had made reservations at a new, trending restaurant.

I had read about LA Cha Cha Cha and was interested trying any place that had its roots in Mexico City dining which is one of my favorite cities for food consumption.

To be honest I thought it would be groovy to explore the Arts District from a rooftop perch and imbibe some exotic cocktails accompanied by  a smattering of Mexican appetizers.

Well, the food and atmosphere were both sensational.

A word to the wise, reserve ahead.

At 5:10pm there was already a line at the door and most people were turned away when it opened because they did not have reservations.

Our server, Brett, who had in depth experience with top tier New York restaurants, was a great guide.

We kicked things off with an outrageous Tostada Monumento consisting of Mayan Octopus, cherry tomatoes and a fabulous cilantro aioli on an equally fabulous corn taco that had a very different preparation from your average corn taco ($15).

We paired this with Ensalada de Jicama. To say Little Gem lettuce and the often maligned jicama was delectable sounds crazy, but the Tamarind vinaigrette dressing was the perfect accessory…light, citrusy and delectable ($12).

Cha Cha Cha has an appealing bar wedged into the rooftop restaurant and they produce picture perfect cocktails.

David’s Oaxacan Zombie with mezcal, aged tequila, grenadine and falernum (Caribbean syrup) was a liquid bonanza ($16).

It was recommended that I try the Queen of the Sierra Orange wine which was smooth and surprisingly full bodied. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely buy for in-house imbibing ($14/glass).

We wanted to do a shallow dive into the tacos.

I rarely eat meat, but the in-house made chorizo sounded enticing so I ordered the Taco de Chorizo ($8) with salsa verde, cilantro and shallots.

It was wonderful, but hands down the Taco de Hongos filled with marvelous mushrooms, salsa de aquacate, cilantro and shallots was remarkable ($6).

We shared a main course of Pescado de Cha Cha Cha which was a stupendous charcoal grilled Red Snapper with turnips, fennel, and a stunning chimichurri ($43)..,they had me a outdoor grilling.

Other main courses included unique preparations for chicken ($38), wagyu beef tongue ($40), pork shoulder ($41) and New York Strip steak ($45).

Dessert was a wondrous blend of Creme brûlée and carrot cake flavors which arrived in the form of Flan de Zanahoria ($9).

The atmosphere is tropical with swaying foliage, blooming plants, lights strung across the rooftop and tables all socially distanced that are arranged across an ample sized outdoor space.

There is a small indoor seating area by the kitchen run by Mexico City-born, LA-raised chef Alejandro Guzman.

The climb up to the rooftop is imposing as you enter through a steel door not knowing what awaits.

You rise above and confront a delightfully delicious experience.

Treat yourself soon as this is a perfect place for any celebration or state of mind…rock step over, get in there and cha cha cha.

LA Cha Cha Cha 812 East 3rd Street Los Angeles, California. Open Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10:30pm Sunday 5:30-10pm. Street parking  Reservations on OpenTable.com.


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