Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Comments About Pizza, Ice Cream, Beer and A Mixed Bag At Cha Ya Cafe

For the first time last week, I actually met people who had read the blog. (Hi Becky and Paul!) That was fun, and the comments make me pleased to see that HowChow has led some people to interesting food. Thanks for the heads up on openings and closings. Super thanks for the little reviews, including the Sonoma review that I'm going to post separately. I love all the comments -- long or short. This is a sampler of recent ones:
  • And finally, Marja emailed me about Cha Ya Cafe. This is the Thai/sushi place on McGaw Road near the Greene Turtle and India Delight:
"Went to Cha Ya Sushi & Thai last night for the first time. The service was very friendly but the food wasn't great. Not terrible, but not great.

We ordered the teriyaki chicken dinner, which was very good. Two chicken breasts seasoned and grilled with a light teriyaki sauce. Served on top of sauteed bean sprouts and onions with steamed carrots and broccoli. It came with rice and the option between miso soup and a salad. We opted for the salad and wondered if we shouldn't have gotten the miso. The vegetable were fresh, but the dressing was not good and was an odd mustard yellow.

We had the Yum Woonsen as well and it was very good, packing a tingling bit of spice along with the mouth puckering lime taste.

We also ordered the Masaman Curry. It was not good, very thin with a not so great flavor, it was almost bland. The waitress let us exchange it for the Penang Curry. It wasn't that great either. The curry itself had good flavor and I liked the addition of the green beans, but it was very soupy and thin.

Haven't tried the sushi side yet and not sure I would want to at this point.

They do have two tables set up outside. It was nice to sit out there and people watch a bit."

Cha Ya Cafe
8874 McGaw Rd, Suite G
Columbia, MD 21045


Jess said...

Add me and my husband to the list of people that loooove Bon Fresco :) And I plan on introducing a friend to it this weekend!

little audrey said...

Thanks for the review. I doubt there is any panang curry in the entire state that can compete with Bangkok Garden's.

pizzablogger said...

Great round-up Brent.....I love this blog!

Anonymous said...

What are the hours for Bon Fresco? Are they a typical M-F lunch only place? I'm not finding a website from them.

HowChow said...

Anonymous -- I think Bon Fresco is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. You can definitely call them.

This is the original Bon Fresco post:

Bon Fresco said...

A little late, but thanks to the folks at, 'howchow' for being one of the first to leave us great reviews! Being a new business, we are always open to comments and feedback. If you have any additional questions or comments please feel free to contact us at:

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Hope to see you all soon!