- The Scene
With its vibrantly colored, Caribbean snack-shack exterior, Cha Cha Cha seems deliciously out of place on this gritty end of Melrose. But step inside and the atmosphere is pure Caribbean carnival: bright color schemes, religious bric-a-brac and miniature shrines dedicated to Madonna and Latin American soccer stars. It all sets the mood for lively, fun dining.
After a pitcher of the renowned sangria, dig into the sampler platter, piled with sopes de pollo (tiny fried masa tarts topped with stewed chicken and beans), tangy seviche, fried plantains, beef empanadas and moist black bean tamales. The signature dish, jerk chicken, is bathed in a sweet, lightly spiced sauce. Grilled halibut can be bland, though is tarted up by fresh mango salsa. For dessert, try ultra-dense, warm chocolate espresso cake.
- Group Dining 2007