Thanks to Scoopon we revisited this place, only in a new location on Portrush Road as the Motel restaurant. I opened the door to a bridge over a little pond of which I unfortunately tripped on the carpet on the other side just as the waitress was greeting me at the "Please Wait" stand. They need to do something about that carpet!
I rather liked the interior which made me feel like I was in Mexico. There were bright coloured ponchos, sombreros and old posters across the restaurant. We were were seated in a separate section with booths and more ponchos! I was very tempted to pull one down and take a picture.
|Can't have Mexican without a Corona|
Moving along we ordered the Cha Chi's combo ($22.90) and Smokey Ribs (half rack: $17.90, full rack $23.90). Cha Chi's Combo is a sampler of chicken and cheese enchilada, beef taco and chicken flautas served with rice and frijole. The Smokey Ribs is pretty self explanatory. It's a Texas influenced smokey BBQ sauce served with rice and frijole. The servings were so big we ended up taking some home. They do provide takeaway containers for those who wish to enjoy the rest of their meal the next day.
The Cha Chi's Combo was nice but did not exceed expectations. It's a standard burrito/taco meal. The rice I felt was a bit under-seasoned and could have more flavour. The serving of frijole was just ridiculously big and very capable of turning customers into gas factories. The Smokey ribs however, was exceptional. It was moist, tender, full of flavour well marinated in their special BBQ sauce. You could pull the rib bones at ease and it comes out clean. Quite often when ordering ribs in the past we have found there was a lack of sauce or marinade. Certainly no issue here. The ribs were the highlight of our meal. It reminded me of Tony Roma's world famous beef ribs, although Tony Roma's still wins hands down.
*Ad break* - If you ever get a chance to visit Tony Roma's, they have the best ever beef ribs. I've only been to the one in Malaysia (4 times). There is one in Sydney and Perth if I'm not mistaken.
Overall it was a nice meal and I would probably visit again to have their ribs. Zapata's still tops my list for best Mexican in Adelaide. Service was great on the night we went but rumour has it that's not always the case. They offer "all you can eat nachos burritos and Tacos" on Mondays and Tuesdays.