Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Sherman (Sherman’s Food Adventures) was organizing a tasting for Chachi’s at Metrotown and kindly invited me to come along. =)
Chachi’s is a chain restaurant from Calgary and the Metrotown location is their first location in BC. They are located in the food court and the sandwiches are better than expected considering that they’re in the food court! Keep reading to find out which ones were my favourite!
In all the excitement, I forgot to take a photo of their store so let’s start off with the drinks. From left to right: Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade, Cherry Iced Tea, Chachi’s Palmer. The lemonade had the essence of bourbon and a hint of vanilla at the end but mostly tasted like an elevated lemonade. The cherry iced tea didn’t taste like medicine so that was a relief! I’m always wary of cherry flavoured drinks. Didn’t try the last drink but I assume it’s their version of an Arnold Palmer.
We had to cut every sandwich into 8 pieces so that we could share so keep in mind I just had a small sample of everything. I liked the bread that they used! It was warm and soft enough while being crisp on the outside but not too hard to bite. It held up well with the saucier sandwiches.
Okay let’s start from the top. The Montreal Smoked Meat has smoked meat and hot mustard. The mustard had a surprising spicy kick to it and it’s not your average mustard at all! I only had a small bite of this so not sure if I would like an entire sandwich with such strong mustard.
Next we have the Banh Mi with beef brisket, asian marinade, pickled carrots, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic aioli. The beef was so good! There was just something about the marinade that they used and along with the pickled carrots and cilantro, it really captured the flavours of a Banh Mi sandwich! Someone said it “tasted like pho!”. This was one of my favourites.
The Turkey had smoked turkey breast, mozzarella, tomato, onion, lettuce, fig chutney and spicy mayo. It was good but not something I’d usually order.
The Cajun Chicken had Cajun spiced chicken breast, cheddar, romaine and mayo. I think I didn’t end up trying this but it sounds good.
For the chips, they make them in-house and you have a choice of Jalapeno, Salt or Dill. These taste as good as store bought chips! My fave was the jalapeno because it reminded me of the Ms Vickie’s chips in the blue bag. The other flavours were equally good too.
The Cali had chicken breast, double smoked bacon, guacamole, cheddar, tomato, romaine and spicy mayo. Despite how basic it sounds, it was enjoyable and I liked the hint of spice from the spicy mayo. The chicken breast was tender and it was a fresh tasting sandwich.
Another of my faves was the Spicy Italian with salami, capicollo, jalapeno jack cheese, garlic aioli, red pepper spread, red onion, lettuce and tomato. I loved how there was a lot of meat piled into this and I like how they used jalapeno jack cheese to give it more spice!
Let’s talk about my most favourite sandwich now! The Pulled Pork Mac’ N Cheese caught my eye right away as I was looking at the menu. It’s made with pulled pork, sweet chili BBQ sauce and topped with mac n’ cheese. The bbq sauce was very sweet as advertised but you know I have a sweet tooth so sweet meat is perfectly fine with me! The creamy mac’ n cheese just took it to the next level and it was just extremely delicious together! This would be my go-to sandwich here.
The Hot Philly was another sandwich that I was interested in trying. This had rib steak, bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, provolone, garlic aioli and spicy mayo. The slices of beef were thick and made for a hearty sandwich and this was also spicy. I actually took half of this home and had it for lunch the next day and it was still good! This was the most expensive sandwich on the menu at $12.
The Meatball comes with meatballs, tomato sauce, provolone and herbs. The meatballs were tender and bouncy and there was plenty of tomato sauce in this. You can also taste the herbs on the meatballs too.
The Grilled Cheese had a blend of mozzarella, cheddar, and jalapeno jack cheese with fig chutney and dry herb garlic rub. I probably would’ve liked this a lot if I had eaten it hot!
Finally we had the Clubbin’ which was like a BLT with turkey, cheddar, garlic aioli and spicy mayo. Another more basic sandwich but tasty nonetheless. We noticed that they use a lot of spicy mayo in their sandwiches. Not that it was really spicy to me but there is a bit of a spicy after taste.
For the greens (because we need our veggies!), we have the Kale Caesar, Arugula and Asiago Caesar. The salads were fresh and well dressed. They use the bread from the sandwiches for the croutons as well so they are in very large chunks. You can order the salads with or without meat.
For dessert (which I still managed to have room for), we have cookies supplied by Cadeaux Bakery! I’ve been to Cadeaux Bakery for their cakes but haven’t tried the cookies before. Here we have the Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Crinkle Cookie (not sure what it’s actually called but that’s what it looks like to me). I thought they were all fantastic and each one was soft yet chewy.
A few of the sandwiches are quite saucy and they do use spicy mayo in a few of them so you can expect some heat with your sandwich! I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and flavours of the sandwiches at Chachi’s and I’d recommend you give them a go the next time you’re at the Metrotown food court.