Cha Cha Chili

Had some time to kill after a friend flaked, so decided to give this Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant a try.  This is their logo:

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The boy and I shared an order of Korean Sliders (marinated Angus beef with cheese and grilled onions.)

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The meat did not taste marinated, the onions had more flavor. I could be wrong, but it seemed like they used Kraft Singles for the melted cheese. Usually one slider will have me craving another, but I stopped at one.

We also tried the kimchi quesadilla with kalbi.

kalbi_quesadillas

The kimchi had no heat. The meat was average. And the cheese, well this was supposed to be half quesadilla so I understand the need to put cheese in the dish, but a cheese sauce?

They have an extensive menu with lots of other dishes that I’m mildly interested in trying – chimichangas with bulgogi, a Korean Philly cheesesteak, and the Cha Cha Bowl which has japchae noodles. Apparently there’s also a secret menu. But since they’re located all the way out in Alhambra, it’ll be awhile before I give them a second chance.

Cha Cha Chili

Grade: C

Pros: Great concept. Love seeing Latinos and Asians in the same restaurant. Extensive selection of drinks and beer. Fun wall art.

Cons: Great concept but poor execution. Kogi Truck still sets the bar for successfully tasty Korean-Mexican fusion food.  The Cha Cha Chili waitstaff is young and eager to please, but inexperienced. I watched one waitress aimlessly circle the restaurant several times trying to find her table. Pretty sure the food was cold by the time she set it down. And um — check out the owner’s blog, apparently one of his employees got drunk, tried to steal a customer’s bike, and then assaulted her when she pursued him. wtf? I’m all for transparency, but why would you blog about that on your company website?

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Cha Cha Chili
4625 Valley Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 222-8900

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