Cha Cha Cha Mexican Restaurant is nestled in the heart of Holland Village. With a non descript exterior, the only clue to the entrance of such an establishment is the neon red sign that carries the name of the restaurant.
The layout of the restaurant brings to mind the Mexican restaurants one sees in the movies; such as the seamless transition from the indoor dining to the alfresco dining setting (lightly airconditioned of course ), the mosaic tiles that adorn the tables of the restaurant as well as the carpets that drape some of the walls. The restaurant can comfortably sit 45 people and the open concept means that the noise level, though vibrant at times, does not irate the customers.
Looking for something new to try in the foodie paradise that is Holland Village, my partner and I set out to try some authentic Mexican food and we were not disappointed.
For starters, we ordered the Nachos ($13.50). Although the price of such a dish may be unappealing to some, what greeted us on the table was a portion of Nachos that could have fed 3 people. The tortilla chips were soft yet beautifully complemented by the salsa, halapeno, tomato bits and copious amounts of melted cheese. One would expect such a dish to be overwhelming but fortunately, it was light and its spicy yet sweet taste is very different from the ‘Nachos’ that many cinemas claim to serve.
Other dishes that we tried included the Cheese Enchiladas ($13.50) in a tortilla wrap. The portions were just enough for one diner. Other Mexican restaurants in Singapore (such as El Patio) usually drizzle sour cream on top of the enchiladas but it was a relief that instead of doing that, Cha Cha Cha put a scoop of Chilli Con Carne as well as some onions and tomato. All of these when eaten together, served to ignite an explosion of flavours in the mouth – not a mean feat considering the lack of filling in the tortilla wrap. The dish was beautifully balanced, no mean feat by a Mexican Restaurant run by a middle aged man and woman.
The service at the restaurant was top notch for ourselves as we were sitting in a visible spot (just a tip!) that was easily seen by the servers however, there were many around us who were not served on time. Another tip, when entering the restaurant don’t expect to be welcomed in but rather find a table for yourselves to sit down and the servers will come right up to you.
All in all, Cha Cha Cha Mexican Restaurant is value-for-money, an attribute hard to find in the many dining establishments in Holland Village. Although, service could be improved, the food and the ambience of the restaurant more than made up for it and I would daresay it could be compared alongside more established Mexican establishments such as Café Iguana or even Chico’s & Charlies. A must try!
Cha Cha Cha Mexican Restaurant ‘N’ Bar
Contact: 6462 1650
Business Hours: 11:30 am–11:00 pm
32 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277690