Last Thursday Cesar and I decided to check out Cafe Chianti, a restaurant/bar near our home. We have passed by it several times since it is very close to Marakame Cafe https://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/marakame-cafe/, a favourite of ours. It has been around for about a year and since first opening they have added a very nice outdoor patio and since I love outdoor patios we thought that it was time to check it out-plus I was looking for something to blog about 🙂
Chianti wine which hails from the Chianti region in Tuscany usually brings to mind a wine bottle in a basket sitting on a red checkered table-cloth with a candle in it in a small Mom and Pop neighbourhood Italian restaurant. I remember eating in such a place when I was a teenager with my first real boyfriend when we went out for a romantic dinner.Now, Chianti wine is more often than not found in a standard glass bottle but I believe some brands still use the basket.
We were craving a cheese plate and me, a glass of red wine and Cesar a beer so before even parking the car I jumped out to see whether they had a cheese plate on their menu.They did! There was one other table taken but other than that both indoors and outdoors was empty–but it was fairly early in the evening still. We settled into our seats on the patio and a very friendly waiter gave us our menus. I ordered a glass of wine 65 pesos and Cesar a beer about 35 pesos.They had a cheese plate, a cold meat plate and a mixed plate. We chose the cheese plate as I really am a cheese hound at heart.My glass of wine arrived–strike one!–very chincy for the price. For the same price at Marakame you are served a better sized glass of wine. Then the cheese plate arrived–strike two! Again, for the price (214 pesos) we were expecting a lot more and from the beginning I wasn’t all that thrilled with their cheese selection-not very flavourful and quite bland. And once again Marakame reigns supreme for their cheese plate. In all fairness though Cafe Chianti had a wonderful parmesan cheese basket on the plate filled with grapes and they had four delicious salsas on the side–chipotle, roasted habanero, habanero purée and an avocado salsa.
We looked over the rest of the menu and they had several items that I would like to go back and try at a later date. Let’s hope that their other dishes fare better on the Ashlie-scale! A few more people arrived as we were leaving which was great to see and it also meant that the owner could hover over their table for a while instead of ours. 🙂 When all is said and done I had a pleasant time as the company was great ( my husband) and it is always nice to get out of the house and try new places. We will go back again but next time I will order a beer, no cheese plate and we will try some of their other dishes.