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Small restaurant serves mighty flavour

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 09:08 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

It always amazes me that some of the best restaurants I find are hole-in-the-wall establishments that you either couldn’t find on your own or would just walk by without noticing. One such is Cha Tea House on St. Lawrence Street in Merrickville.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside. Without the two red patio tables with chairs set on the sidewalk in the summer, you probably wouldn’t notice it at all.

Until you eat there.  

What do they serve?  Well it’s Chinese food, but this place is D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T.  Seriously, this is Chinese food as I’ve never experienced before and believe me, I’ve consumed a LOT of Chinese food. Cha is in a class by itself.  

The décor is simple west-meets-east in a tasteful and pleasant blend of dark wood tones, and lots of light.  It’s a small cozy space that is kept spotless by hostess Sisi Tang, the daughter of the two chefs. Tang is a Carleton University graduate, a petite woman who looks no older than 17 but is married with two children of her own. She’s friendly, warm and infinitely polite.

The whole family is involved in the restaurant. Mom and Dad do the cooking and Sisi manages the place, serves and charms customers.  The food is fresh, and utterly unlike traditional menus of limp stir fries and too hot and sour fair.  Best of all, Cha has two different menus offered on different days depending on who is doing the cooking.

“My Mom is from Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, western China,” explains Tang.

Sichuan is known for its cuisine and Chengdu was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and for good reason. The menu at Cha is small but every dish is so packed with flavour, it’s a gastronomic delight every time you visit.  

There are some spicy hot dishes but on the whole it’s all manageable, whether it’s the chicken or beef rice noodle dish, or the steamed or grilled dumplings, or cold noodles (yes cold and YUM), every dish is so beautifully crafted my mouth is watering just writing about it.  

Each ingredient in every dish stands out, retains its unique texture and flavour and is masterfully blended with selected spices.  Best of all, Cha is affordable.  Three full meals and two soft drinks: total $47.

Remember I said the menu changes, well on Fridays and Saturdays Mom takes a break and Dad takes over, but Dad has his own menu, he’s from Guangzhou (Canton) is southeastern China.  While his menu is what we, in the west, associate with Chinese food – steamed and stir fried – his dishes are crisper, fresher with a more precise blending of spices and flavours.

Bear in mind, this little gem of a restaurant has a very small kitchen, and every dish is prepared to order. Sometime it takes a little longer for a meal to arrive, and large groups are not a great idea, but for one, two, three or four, it’s a treat you really don’t want to pass-up.

They do take-out and they even provide a comfortable, relaxing waiting area for customers to unwind as they wait for their meal to be prepared from scratch on the spot.

Don’t forget to try one of their selection of teas – loose leaf, steeped tea or ice cold Bubble teas.  Hard to explain, but delicious to drink!

If really good food, in a friendly and relaxed setting is your thing check out Cha Tea House and enjoy! They’re open from Wednesday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Tuesday.
Photo by Howaida Sorour-Roberts:  Family owned and run Cha Tea House in Merrickville is a delightful restaurant is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts

Chuckles Jack in Smiths Falls soon to have a patio

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 07:07 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmeida.ca

An application for cash in lieu of parking has been approved by the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole. The application by the owners of Chuckles Jack restaurant on Russell Street in Smiths Falls requested that the town accept cash in lieu of six parking spaces so that a patio could be created for the restaurant. The owners specified that two of the parking spaces would be seasonal and only used during the summer month.  Taking that provision into account the town is charging Chuckles Jack half the annual fee for the two parking spaces.

A by-law to enter into a cash in lieu of parking will be brought forward at the next Smiths Falls Council meeting scheduled for July 18.  In addition the town has signed off on the restaurant’s liquor license application, so if all goes well Chuckles Jack will be serving alcohol in the near future.

The restaurant did not specify a date for the outdoor patio yet, but at least once the by-law is passed the owners will be free to develop the space.

“I think it will be an asset to the building,” said Lorraine Allen, Smiths Falls councillor.  Two members of council, Shawn Pankow and John Maloney recused themselves during the discussion due to perceived pecuniary interest as they own adjacent businesses.

“There is intent on the part of the owners to develop a rooftop patio, so this would be a temporary ground floor patio,” said Katelyn Morphet, Smiths Falls interim planner.

National restaurant chain coming to Hwy 7 corridor in Perth

Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 10:06 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Dianne Pinder-Moss
dianne@pdgmedica.ca

A national restaurant chain will be setting up shop in a new commercial project planned along the Highway 7 corridor.

Perth Town Council unanimously approved at its June 21 meeting a by-law authorizing the mayor and staff to sign an addendum to the Site Plan Control Agreement with the owner of the Perth Mews Mall to facilitate the construction of a new commercial building, which will include a restaurant and drive-thru facility.

“It is one of the national chains,” Eric Cosens, director of development and protective services confirmed. “Exactly which one, we don’t know.”

What is known is that the restaurant, which Deputy Mayor John Gemmell said will be modest in size, will occupy 1,870 sq. ft. of a proposed 6,870 sq. ft. commercial building. There will also be two to three suites of retail space.

“The retail space at this point, as far as we know, is going to be available for lease,” Cosens stated.

The building will be located at 80 Dufferin St. on the grassy area between the parking lot of Pizza Hut and the existing entrance to the Perth Mews Mall. The mall is owned by Crombie Property Holdings Ltd.

While the standard requirement is for a drive-thru to allow for 12 vehicles, a minor variance was approved allowing a reduced queue of 10 vehicles. In a written report prepared for council, Cosens said that the variance was granted with conditions by the Committee of Adjustment to address concerns of the Ministry of Transportation.    

There will be no entrance to the new facility off Highway 7. Cosens says the entrance will be off the existing laneways within the mall.

Construction of the building is expected to commence in late July or early August.

Note that Councillor Riq Turner was absent from the meeting and was therefore not part of the vote.

   

Spotlight On Business: Main Street Bistro

Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 01:03 PM
posted by admin

By Sabrina Bedford

You might not know the name right away, but you may recognize the logo and you’ve definitely eaten here before.

Whether it was at Bakery Café, Courtyard Café, or most recently the Good Life Bistro, chances are at one point or another you’ve tried this awesome little café’s food. Its new name? Main Street Bistro.

The café and bakery changed both its name and location in February, relocating to its new home at 5 Main St. W., formerly the Sweetbriar/Pie Bird Bakery.

Owner Wendy Andison said while the name is different, you can still expect the same menu.

“It’s still the same great food we’ve offered since we started in 2006,” she said.

No matter the moniker – Andison said wanted to freshen things up with a new name –  this restaurant has really great food.  A few menu favourites of mine that I’ve become obsessed with are: the falafel wrap, the loose leaf tea, the sweet potato fries, coffee, and the California salad with chicken and feta – just to name a few.

The menu offers healthy food options that simply taste great and fill you up. In a world where most of the “fast” food available is pre-packaged and frozen, it’s always appreciated when a restaurant offers real food with actual nutritional content.

With a focus on breakfast and lunch foods, they’re also known for their hearty oatmeal, in addition to their many daily soups, sandwiches, desserts and specials.

When asked why she’d give up the larger dining space only to move to a different store on the same street, Andison explained the kitchen at the new spot was too good to pass up. On top of their in-house service, they are also in the business of catering. This aspect of their business has grown more recently, and the layout of the kitchen at the old location was no longer working.

“The kitchen gave us an opportunity for all of us to be together, now everybody can be in one big area,” she said. “At the other spot we were all over the place. Here we have much better equipment.”

They cater lunch to conference meetings for the school board and O.P.P., in addition to more formal dining events such as weddings and dinner parties. She also said that while they may have lost space in the dining room, the new location has potential for an outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant – a project they hope to have ready for the summer.

You can check out the cafe in person at 5 Main St. W. in Smiths Falls, or by going online to www.facebook.com/TheGoodLifeBistro.

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Posts Tagged ‘Restaurant’

Small restaurant serves mighty flavour

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 09:08 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

It always amazes me that some of the best restaurants I find are hole-in-the-wall establishments that you either couldn’t find on your own or would just walk by without noticing. One such is Cha Tea House on St. Lawrence Street in Merrickville.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside. Without the two red patio tables with chairs set on the sidewalk in the summer, you probably wouldn’t notice it at all.

Until you eat there.  

What do they serve?  Well it’s Chinese food, but this place is D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T.  Seriously, this is Chinese food as I’ve never experienced before and believe me, I’ve consumed a LOT of Chinese food. Cha is in a class by itself.  

The décor is simple west-meets-east in a tasteful and pleasant blend of dark wood tones, and lots of light.  It’s a small cozy space that is kept spotless by hostess Sisi Tang, the daughter of the two chefs. Tang is a Carleton University graduate, a petite woman who looks no older than 17 but is married with two children of her own. She’s friendly, warm and infinitely polite.

The whole family is involved in the restaurant. Mom and Dad do the cooking and Sisi manages the place, serves and charms customers.  The food is fresh, and utterly unlike traditional menus of limp stir fries and too hot and sour fair.  Best of all, Cha has two different menus offered on different days depending on who is doing the cooking.

“My Mom is from Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, western China,” explains Tang.

Sichuan is known for its cuisine and Chengdu was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and for good reason. The menu at Cha is small but every dish is so packed with flavour, it’s a gastronomic delight every time you visit.  

There are some spicy hot dishes but on the whole it’s all manageable, whether it’s the chicken or beef rice noodle dish, or the steamed or grilled dumplings, or cold noodles (yes cold and YUM), every dish is so beautifully crafted my mouth is watering just writing about it.  

Each ingredient in every dish stands out, retains its unique texture and flavour and is masterfully blended with selected spices.  Best of all, Cha is affordable.  Three full meals and two soft drinks: total $47.

Remember I said the menu changes, well on Fridays and Saturdays Mom takes a break and Dad takes over, but Dad has his own menu, he’s from Guangzhou (Canton) is southeastern China.  While his menu is what we, in the west, associate with Chinese food – steamed and stir fried – his dishes are crisper, fresher with a more precise blending of spices and flavours.

Bear in mind, this little gem of a restaurant has a very small kitchen, and every dish is prepared to order. Sometime it takes a little longer for a meal to arrive, and large groups are not a great idea, but for one, two, three or four, it’s a treat you really don’t want to pass-up.

They do take-out and they even provide a comfortable, relaxing waiting area for customers to unwind as they wait for their meal to be prepared from scratch on the spot.

Don’t forget to try one of their selection of teas – loose leaf, steeped tea or ice cold Bubble teas.  Hard to explain, but delicious to drink!

If really good food, in a friendly and relaxed setting is your thing check out Cha Tea House and enjoy! They’re open from Wednesday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Tuesday.
Photo by Howaida Sorour-Roberts:  Family owned and run Cha Tea House in Merrickville is a delightful restaurant is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts

Chuckles Jack in Smiths Falls soon to have a patio

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 07:07 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmeida.ca

An application for cash in lieu of parking has been approved by the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole. The application by the owners of Chuckles Jack restaurant on Russell Street in Smiths Falls requested that the town accept cash in lieu of six parking spaces so that a patio could be created for the restaurant. The owners specified that two of the parking spaces would be seasonal and only used during the summer month.  Taking that provision into account the town is charging Chuckles Jack half the annual fee for the two parking spaces.

A by-law to enter into a cash in lieu of parking will be brought forward at the next Smiths Falls Council meeting scheduled for July 18.  In addition the town has signed off on the restaurant’s liquor license application, so if all goes well Chuckles Jack will be serving alcohol in the near future.

The restaurant did not specify a date for the outdoor patio yet, but at least once the by-law is passed the owners will be free to develop the space.

“I think it will be an asset to the building,” said Lorraine Allen, Smiths Falls councillor.  Two members of council, Shawn Pankow and John Maloney recused themselves during the discussion due to perceived pecuniary interest as they own adjacent businesses.

“There is intent on the part of the owners to develop a rooftop patio, so this would be a temporary ground floor patio,” said Katelyn Morphet, Smiths Falls interim planner.

National restaurant chain coming to Hwy 7 corridor in Perth

Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 10:06 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Dianne Pinder-Moss
dianne@pdgmedica.ca

A national restaurant chain will be setting up shop in a new commercial project planned along the Highway 7 corridor.

Perth Town Council unanimously approved at its June 21 meeting a by-law authorizing the mayor and staff to sign an addendum to the Site Plan Control Agreement with the owner of the Perth Mews Mall to facilitate the construction of a new commercial building, which will include a restaurant and drive-thru facility.

“It is one of the national chains,” Eric Cosens, director of development and protective services confirmed. “Exactly which one, we don’t know.”

What is known is that the restaurant, which Deputy Mayor John Gemmell said will be modest in size, will occupy 1,870 sq. ft. of a proposed 6,870 sq. ft. commercial building. There will also be two to three suites of retail space.

“The retail space at this point, as far as we know, is going to be available for lease,” Cosens stated.

The building will be located at 80 Dufferin St. on the grassy area between the parking lot of Pizza Hut and the existing entrance to the Perth Mews Mall. The mall is owned by Crombie Property Holdings Ltd.

While the standard requirement is for a drive-thru to allow for 12 vehicles, a minor variance was approved allowing a reduced queue of 10 vehicles. In a written report prepared for council, Cosens said that the variance was granted with conditions by the Committee of Adjustment to address concerns of the Ministry of Transportation.    

There will be no entrance to the new facility off Highway 7. Cosens says the entrance will be off the existing laneways within the mall.

Construction of the building is expected to commence in late July or early August.

Note that Councillor Riq Turner was absent from the meeting and was therefore not part of the vote.

   

Spotlight On Business: Main Street Bistro

Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 01:03 PM
posted by admin

By Sabrina Bedford

You might not know the name right away, but you may recognize the logo and you’ve definitely eaten here before.

Whether it was at Bakery Café, Courtyard Café, or most recently the Good Life Bistro, chances are at one point or another you’ve tried this awesome little café’s food. Its new name? Main Street Bistro.

The café and bakery changed both its name and location in February, relocating to its new home at 5 Main St. W., formerly the Sweetbriar/Pie Bird Bakery.

Owner Wendy Andison said while the name is different, you can still expect the same menu.

“It’s still the same great food we’ve offered since we started in 2006,” she said.

No matter the moniker – Andison said wanted to freshen things up with a new name –  this restaurant has really great food.  A few menu favourites of mine that I’ve become obsessed with are: the falafel wrap, the loose leaf tea, the sweet potato fries, coffee, and the California salad with chicken and feta – just to name a few.

The menu offers healthy food options that simply taste great and fill you up. In a world where most of the “fast” food available is pre-packaged and frozen, it’s always appreciated when a restaurant offers real food with actual nutritional content.

With a focus on breakfast and lunch foods, they’re also known for their hearty oatmeal, in addition to their many daily soups, sandwiches, desserts and specials.

When asked why she’d give up the larger dining space only to move to a different store on the same street, Andison explained the kitchen at the new spot was too good to pass up. On top of their in-house service, they are also in the business of catering. This aspect of their business has grown more recently, and the layout of the kitchen at the old location was no longer working.

“The kitchen gave us an opportunity for all of us to be together, now everybody can be in one big area,” she said. “At the other spot we were all over the place. Here we have much better equipment.”

They cater lunch to conference meetings for the school board and O.P.P., in addition to more formal dining events such as weddings and dinner parties. She also said that while they may have lost space in the dining room, the new location has potential for an outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant – a project they hope to have ready for the summer.

You can check out the cafe in person at 5 Main St. W. in Smiths Falls, or by going online to www.facebook.com/TheGoodLifeBistro.

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