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Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published June 18th 2018
Part of the Granada Motel, Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina in Glenunga is a great place to enjoy Mexican cuisine. Despite being located away from the Adelaide CBD, the place is popular. There was a large crowd present when we visited. For those that want to dress-up to set the mood, the restaurant provides sombreros (wide-brimmed hats from Mexico) that diners can wear while enjoying their meal.

One of the recent additions to the menu, the chicken in their Pollo en Mole Poblano had pieces of chicken that were of a generous size and cooked just right. The spices used in the Mole Sauce gave the dish its distinctive flavour and despite the inclusion of chocolate, it did not taste too sweet. Served with the chicken were Mexican Rice whose slight spiciness was a good foil to the chicken, and corn chips that could be dipped in the Mole Sauce.

Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Pollo en Mole Poblano, Adelaide
Pollo en Mole Poblano (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ideal for sharing, the Cha Chi's Combo included a Chicken & Cheese Enchilada, Beef Taco and Chicken Flauta. Flauta is the alternative name for a Taquito, a Mexican dish consisting of a deep-fried rolled up tortilla containing a filling. Both the crisp shells of the Chicken Flauta and Beef Tacos contrasted well with their juicy fillings, which had enough flavour to make eating them an enjoyable experience. The Beef Taco also had shredded lettuce leaves to add an element of freshness. Their Chicken Enchilada did not disappoint either with a succulent filling and the right amount of cheese. In addition to Mexican Rice, the dish also included Frijoles which had beans that had a bit of resistance to them.

Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Cha Chi's Combo, Adelaide
Cha Chi's Combo (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


We liked that the meat of their Smokey Ribs easily fell off the bones and the BBQ sauce gave it its smoky flavour. Served with the ribs were chips that were fried to golden brown and a red cabbage slaw whose tangy flavour complemented the ribs well.

Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Smokey Ribs, Adelaide
Smokey Ribs (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For dessert, we decided to try their Apple Chimichanga. The fried tortilla casing set off the apple filling which was not too sweet. Accompanying the dish was ice cream and fresh cream which were perfect partners to the Apple Chimichanga.

Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Apple Chimmichanga, Adelaide
Apple Chimmichanga (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The restaurant also offers various deals on certain nights, such as All You Can Eat Taco, Nachos and Burritos for $19.90 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and half-price Nacho on Thursdays. We enjoyed a discount off our total bill by booking our table through Dimmi.

Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Sombreros, Adelaide
Sombreros (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Cha Chi's Mexican Cantina, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

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When: 5.45pm-late
Phone: 8379 6066
Where: 493 Portrush Road, Glenunga, SA
Cost: About $19 per main dish
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Congrats on your 'huge' milestone, Jonathan - that's my next goal!
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