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Chantara – Restaurant Review

Written By: Lola Grey - Jan• 07•11

 Atmosphere:  As you walk in you feel like you’ve entered a little piece of Thailand.  The dim romantic lighting and the aroma of exotic spices will calm your mood immediately.  You’ll be surrounded by artifacts and statues imported from Thailand.  This includes a full size, carved wood, Thai temple that frames the bar.  The tables are rustic and chucky and the chairs are made of an Asian wicker that creeks just enough for you to know that they have history.  In the warmer months there is a patio to relax on beside the town lake.  Whether you’re cozied up to a table with friends or having a drink at the “temple” harnessing your chi, Chantra is an endearing experience I highly recommend.                                                                                                                                                

Neighborhood:  El Dorado Hills Town Center, CA

Town Center is an upscale emerging district of El Dorado Hills, CA. located about 20 miles east of Sacramento.  This lovely little district is built to look like a downtown main street.  Each of the buildings are built by a different architect having their own unique architecture.  The buildings are reminiscent of a school house, hotel, town hall, water tower, and so on.  On a nice day you’ll see people strolling along sidewalks peeking in the shops or dinning by the lakeside under 130 year old olive trees. 

Price range:  $$ ($10-$25) 

Dress code: You will fit right in here whether you’re in your everyday jeans or have on your 5 o’clock best.

Cuisine:  Thai cuisine

Editorial profile:  Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components.  Chantra is a great example of quality Thai always having fresh vegetables and lean cuts of meat.  So far this is the best Thai I have found around town.  The peanut sauce with their satay is homemade and scrumptious.  The red curry (which is my ‘can’t go without’ dish) is not only tasty but they will make it nice and spicy if you like that kind of thing.  A friendly word of caution, if you’re new to Thai food, it is known for being spicy!  Thankfully Chantra accommodates everyone’s needs and will make their dishes from mild – Thai hot.  The one opportunity I see here is the availability of serves.  Chantra seems to be a family run business and as such can be a little under staffed.  With that being said the staff is friendly, warm and eager to help.  Pick a day when you feel like a leisurely meal and you’ll have a great time.

Special features:  Dishes are served family style, so get a few and share!

Menu:  http:  //www.sacdine.com/images/establishments/chantara/chantara_menu.pdf

Recommended dishes:  Red Curry 😉

Alcohol: Full bar

Corkage fee: N/A

Reservations: Accepted but not necessary

Insider tips:  Town center is a great stop for date night!  Try Chantra for dinner and a movie at the Regal movie theater right down town center blvd.

http://www.fandango.com/regaleldoradohillsstadium1426imax_aatje/theaterpage?wssac=58&wssaffid=11481_REGWebsite

Payment methods accepted:  all major credit cards and cash

Hours:  Mon-Sun 11am-3pm

            Mon-Sun 4:30pm-10pm

Address:

4361 town center blvd #110

El dorado Hills, CA

Parking:  adjacent parking lot

Website: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone number: (916) 939-0389

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