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South America Cuisine by Chica Chica Restaurant Ettalong Beach

Introducing Ettalong to the new kids on the block with their taste-bud tingling menu inspired by, and influenced with that mouth-watering South American feel. Coupled with cocktails to compliment and Margarita’s to die for our menu is designed for sharing and bringing you together with people you choose to spend your quality time with.

Our Values

With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and with the success of multiple venues leaving their footprint in the Central Coast hospitality scene, our focus is simply incredible food & drink and the love and joy of sharing with friends and family. Newly renovated and revived our style is a warm and welcoming Coastal chic offering an intimate but substantial 80 seater venue only 5 minutes walk from the beach.
Our first floor lookout provides both indoor and outdoor heated and covered comfortable dining areas with street access. We aim to create an atmosphere that is inviting and welcoming and have a customer service guarantee that every time you visit you’ll feel like family.

THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED TO KNOW @ CHICA CHICA GLOSSARY

Tequila is made from only the blue agave plant and can only be produced in the state of Jalisco.
Mezcal is the heart of Mexican culture.
It’s made from more than 28 different types of agave plant and produced throughout Mexico. Mezcal, which means “oven cooked agave” is cooked underground to give it it’s smokey flavour!

White or New Tequila Though it’s sometimes bottled almost immediately after its final distillation, blanco tequila is held in stainless steel, oak or other kinds of containers for less than 60 days. Some distillers call blanco “the essence of tequila.

This category of tequila is rare to find, but does exist. It’s a Blanco that’s been blended with something, whether that something is color, glycerine — both of which are permitted — or another category of tequila such as Añejo.

These are tequilas that see two months to one year in oak. This is a tequila that’s perfect for Margaritas and other mixed drinks, as the slight amount of aging rounds and softens it.

Are aged from one to three years, and are considered the best type of tequila for sipping because of their smoother flavor. Añejo means “vintage”, and they are darker than reposado tequilas.

Any tequila aged longer than three years. Producers can do whatever they want here in terms of aging, and some are creating some pretty crazy bottles that are highly collectible. This category is for true tequila aficionados.

A South American seafood dish that may have originated in Peru or Ecuador, typically made from fresh raw fish cured in fresh citrus juices, most commonly lemon or lime, and spiced with ají, chili peppers or other seasonings

Chimichurri is an uncooked sauce used both in cooking and as a table condiment oh for grilled meat. A specialty of Argentina and Uruguay, the sauce comes in a green (chimichurri verde)

Salsa roja ( RED SAUCE ) is a type of spicy red sauce in Mexican cuisine. … After the sauce is prepared, it can be cooked again in a pan with little oil. It is used to prepare traditional Mexican foods.

These green beauties may be used mostly in Mexican cooking, as tomatillos take on the starring role in salsa verde. But you can use this bright summer staple to add a bit of acidity and sweetness to a variety of dishes

Just like dulce de leche ( Caramel Sauce) cajeta is a thick, sweet confection made from boiled goat’s milk

Agave syrup, aka maguey syrup, and commonly though inaccurately known as agave nectar, is a sweetener commercially produced from several species of agave, including Agave tequilana and Agave salmiana. Blue-agave syrup contains 56% fructose as a sugar providing sweetening properties.

The Poblano Capsicum annuum is a mild Chilli Pepper originating in the state of Puebla Mexico. Dried, it is called ancho or chile ancho,

A guajillo chili or guajillo chile (chile guajillo in Spanish, meaning big pod) is the dried form of mirasol chili, a landrace variety of chile pepper of the species Capsicum annuum, and is the second-most commonly used dried chili in Mexican cuisine after poblanos (ancho).

The habanero is a hot variety of chili pepper. Unripe habaneros are green, and they color as they mature. The most common color variants are orange and red, but the fruit may also be white, brown, yellow, green, or purple.

These large, broad chillies have a mild to medium heat and area ideal to serve with a filling. Sweet like a capsicum, these are the mildest tasting

A smoke-dried ripe jalapeño chili pepper used for seasoning. It is a chili primarily used in Mexican and South American inspired cuisines

is an annual Herb in the family. Apiaceae It is also known as coriander, Chinese Parsley, Dhania or Cilantro. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds

Warren Kevin
Warren Kevin
What a lovely little restaurant in Ettalong Beach. From the food, to the service and the décor – all were exceptional. A little gem and looking forward to returning some day in the future – Highly Recommended 🙂
Vanitha Tonn
Vanitha Tonn
We have been here twice now with friends and the food and service is amazing! The cocktails are also fabulous 👌 So glad we discovered this little gem. We’ll be back again 😊
Georgia Wilesmith
Georgia Wilesmith
First time here and it’s 5 starts !!! Good value for money! Beautiful food and wonderful service 💓 spreading the good word of this excellent venue ❤️❤️
Katherine S
Katherine S
The service is amazing!! Food is tasty and cocktails vibrant. But above all, the wait staff are exceptional and deserve to be congratulated on their attentiveness and care, even when under the pump 🙂
the4carrolls
the4carrolls
We were looking for a casual, fun meal whilst staying in Ettalong and Chica Chica didn’t disappoint! Friendly waitstaff, great Mexican / South American food and a fantastic selection of margaritas on a busy for a Friday night in winter. Our waiter John was great in explaining the menu, including how many small and large plates to share, and we weren’t hurried in making choices about what to eat next after our entrees. Chilli mango margarita, patatas and the guacamole were standouts but couldn’t fault the food, venue, service and staff. Will be back to Ettalong and back to Chica Chica.
Narelle Irwin
Narelle Irwin
Fist time dining at Chica Chica Food was amazing we loved it all especially the churros dessert WOW Such great service too – well done team 👏
Reniervdk
Reniervdk
Exquisite restaurant with a magnificent ambience. It is a hidden gem, almost unnoticed from the road, yet when found, one is delighted with such discovery. Our host was delightful in every way and made our birthday celebration a memorable one. The food was divine, and enough to be shared between four people. 😋 Highly recommended 👌
Hudson Curtis
Hudson Curtis
Chica Chica is a contemporary South American joint in Ettalong. The service was outstanding and staff were extremely attentive. We started with drinks recommended by the waiter soda jerks For food we had a mix of small plates large plates & sides The food was very well presented and satisfying. We will be back.
Ebony De Hamel
Ebony De Hamel
Amazing food, really good cocktails the Mexican Long Island is unbelievable 👍 and great service
Elliott Lehr
Elliott Lehr
The service was top-notch, and the food was incredible. The Margaritas were absolutely delicious!