You know what they say, when in Hong Kong eat Thai food. Ok they don’t say that. Ok no one says that. Ever. But the point is, you should. Cha Cha Wan is a hipster’s Thai delight. Nestled along Hollywood road, this tiny restaurant with it’s concrete floors, graffitied walls and exposed kitchen, has got Hong Kongers and visitors excited. Being the top of many bloggers eat lists and rolling off the tongue of many a local Cha Cha Wan just kept cropping up, so as a massive lover of Thai food I knew I had to head there one evening.
As with all of these “hipster” joints you can’t book ahead so I would suggest heading there early to avoid long queues. We visited on a Wednesday evening around 7pm, which didn’t seem too busy and we were seated straight away. The restaurant is open for lunch too and we happened to wander past it the next day to find it super busy with the lunchtime crowd.
The modern interior makes for a super casual atmosphere and the service was also relaxed yet knowledgeable. The menu is not what you would expect from your usual Thai restaurant, there are no green curries or pad thais to choose from. However, there are an abundance of Thai salads, grilled fish and marinated meat dishes to feast upon. I for one happen to love a spicy Thai salad, the zing and freshness of the dressing combined with the spicy chilli hit is heaven to me. The waiters do warn each diner of the high level of spice in each dish and if you don’t like spicy food, well it’s probably best you don’t go here. They do say they can alter the spice level, however I think their version of “not spicy” is spicy in a lot of people’s books. (How many times do I want to say the word “spicy”?!)
I would love to head back here for lunch one day to try some more of the salad options, especially after exploring the interesting and quaint Tai Ping Shan Street situated just behind the restaurant.
Where’s your favourite Thai restaurant?