The Spanish holiday is over and we’ve returned to the dull and damp environs of Cardiff. For those attracted by the Spanish culinary tradition of tapas, it is heartening to know that there is a small piece of Spain in the heart of Cardiff bay.
La Cha Cha wine bar is situated close to the Terra Nova and Salt bars in the heart of the bay, a few doors up from the comedy club. First impressions on entering are the astonishingly large numbers of bottles of wine on display, as well as the rather eye-catching chandeliers over the bar.
The premises are not large, but there is adequate pleasant seating at the bar area. The wine list is extensive, both in variety and price with some expensive bottles. The list is, however, almost exclusively Spanish, of course! – but the bar stocks a good range of classic champagnes, on sale at comparatively reasonable prices for such an establishment. The house red Rioja is a very pleasant drink and affordably priced.
The decor is Spanish themed, the staff native Spaniards. The manager of the premises and his wife are exceedingly welcoming and glad to see patrons returning on a regular basis.
The tapas menu is available all day and is extensive. The portion sizes are reasonable, probably slightly larger than some of the less appealing chain establishments that purport to serve “tapas”. The quality of the cooking, ingredients and final product are exceptional. The Spanish ham, carved off the bone at the bar, is a wonderfully tasty treat.
If, like me, from time to time you enjoy a dalliance with all things Spanish, this gem will not disappoint. Be sure to tell the manager I sent you. But don’t tell anyone else. I enjoy the comparative calm and tranquillity of the place too much!
Jonathan D Hine.
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