When I read eggs benedict on the menu with a side order of gnocchi I was excited, but it gets even better. This isn’t just for the weekend brunch bunch, this is an anytime, any day, or evening, your choice brunch. Bacon and brie French toast for lunch, sure thing, Spanish omelet for dinner, order it, late night craving for the aforementioned eggs benedict with pancetta and that delicious side order of gnocchi, with a variety of superb sauces to choose from, you’ve got it.
That dear readers is but one of the unique features of Cha Cha Cha, the Italian Restaurant and Bar on Dunlop Street West that I am so passionate about!
Cha Cha Cha opened gently, saving their grand opening for February 13th. Owner Michelle Devlin brings an amazing sense of style, an effervescent personality and years of experience, to the former location of Barrie’s beloved The North restaurant, on the corner of Dunlop and Mary Streets. Apparently this has fast become a late night favourite for others in the restaurant business and the support has been encouraging and most welcomed.
The vibe here is fabulous, the energy a credit to Michelle’s own. Cha Cha Cha is warm and inviting, a great spot to come with friends or family, but also would work well for a romantic evening.
The marble bar provides a classic welcome, I have already laid claim to “my” spot. With excellent site lines to the open kitchen or the passing street scape, it is a bar with a view. Tables line the opposite side, allowing for a more private dining experience, lighting is spot on, the renovations ooze ambiance. The dulcet tones of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra harken back to supper club evenings, when one would dress for dinner out, or you may simply wander in for a late night sip and nibble, I have done both.
When the Latino dance music volumes up, I have witnessed customers create an impromptu dance floor and literally cha cha cha around the room, there is a passionate energy in this space! With two creative and talented young Chefs, the menu has a great selection of Italian favourites and the presentation is magnificent, the plating a delight of confetti colours of finely chopped peppers; antipasto, fresh mussels, pizzas and pastas, a chicken, steak and daily fresh fish selection, but honestly the all day brunch is my favourite.
Important to know that vegetarian and gluten free items are available, locally grown and non-GMO items are used, and that beef and chicken are free range, cruelty and hormone free. Desserts made in house include a maple crème brulee, cheese cake and scrumptious poached pears in a red wine reduction served with vanilla yogurt and fresh berries.
Michelle’s daughter, Emily Devlin, will proudly make her singing debut performance during the February Blues Festival at Cha Cha Cha, as the restaurant is one of the host venues in this winters event. Michelle Devlin has borrowed from Shakespeare’s famous quote for the restaurants motto; “If music be the food of love play on”.
Play on they will!
– Written by: Penelope Morrow
Cha Cha Cha Italian Restaurant and Bar
66 Dunlop Street West, Barrie ON L4N 1A2
Penelope Morrow is a writer, editor and food aficionado from Barrie, follow her tweets @penelopejmorrow