Sorry for the delay in the second part. I’ve been busy with volunteering and printmaking, and that whole 9 to 5 thing, so I wasn’t able to type this up in a timely fashion. But here it is, better late than never.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Cha Chah’s Restaurant Week menu consisted of three courses: a starter, main, and dessert. My man and I each got something different for the courses, even though his main looked really tempting. He started with a red pepper gazpacho, and it was a new experience since he never had a gazpacho before. I had the fig, feta, and lardon salad on mixed greens. I really just wanted the figs. The whole salad was tasty and light, and I really enjoyed the fact that the greens were all inspected before plating. No random slimy cling-on that tastes like dirt.
My man chose the quinoa falafel with roasted veggies (mark it on the calendar, he got a vegetarian entree!), and I got the “Sausage and peppers”. The falafel was hefty but not greasy. It had an Indian spice kick. My sausage and peppers consisted of an Asian SPICY sausage with a pepper coulis and roasted peppers arranged on it. It was a little small for a main, but it had so much heat, that I felt satisfied. That sucker was spicier than a Thai curry.
For dessert, I went with the maple pot de creme. It was more of a creme brulee, and the candied pepitas on top made it heavenly. The touch of salt with the sweet dessert was perfect. My man got the ganache tart. It was amazing. Almost as good as my mom’s ganache.
I think this menu was the perfect way to close Restaurant Week. It was intense on the flavor front, light on the portion size, and really thought out as a progression of courses. Many places just made current menu choices their specials, but Cha Chah created this menu just for the week. Side note, the Metropolitan cocktail is DIVINE if you like bourbon. It was bourbon, sweet vermouth and rosemary simple syrup. MMMMMM.