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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

K S
K S
We did $7 taco evening and roasted cauliflower with chipotle dressing. We will come back service was a bit dismissive.
Denielle Bernauer
Denielle Bernauer
Devine food! Fabulous service. Thank you, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal! Will definitely be back!
Glenn Barlow
Glenn Barlow
What a beautiful addition to Ettalong Beach this place is. Incredible south American food , an extensive cocktail list and a fantastic atmosphere in a lovely setting. The service was second none, we were treated beautifully from the moment we walked in. We will be back for sure
Matt Barton
Matt Barton
Great tacos and drinks! Staff are very friendly and the restaurant is very physically appealling.
Paul McLoughlin
Paul McLoughlin
Great food and cocktails. Staff very friendly and helpful.
Clodia Ncube
Clodia Ncube
Me and my sisters attended the Saturday tapas and bottomless brunch..WOW what an experience. Some of the best Mexican food we had and the cocktails kept coming and yeees they were so good. My personal favourite was the baby carrots tacos..i mean l’m a meat gal but jeez those carrots were banging 10/10!! The staff, managers and even the owner took great care of us after we had a little bit of tiff with another customer. We really enjoyed ourselves. We are brunch girls and like going out to different places but we will definitely be back here again. Thank you Chica Chica ❤️❤️
S Cook
S Cook
Busy, modern upmarket restaurant/bar. Located upstairs in the heart of Ettalong. Chica Chica has a variety of amazing cocktails and would definitely recommend the Chili and Watermelon Margarita for something a bit different! Wine list a bit limited as the specialise in cocktails. We decided on a combination of share plates with the Garlic and Serrano Prawns being the stand out, as well as the Crispy Chicken Tacos, Arancini Balls and Patadas also fantastic. Finished with a variety of desserts all which were very tasty. But the Bombe Alaska was awesome flavour as well as the flaming presentation. Lots of fresh and vibrant flavours. All beautiful presented, with friendly and attentive staff. Looking forward to our next visit to try the rest of the menu!
Stephanie Assad
Stephanie Assad
Great food and service. We came 2 nights in a row. Shout out to Rachelle who made our time memorable !! 🙂