Wednesday, 03 February 2010 04:00

Downtown Los Angeles: Chaya Restaurant

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Chaya Restaurant has a location in the middle of the downtown Los Angeles business district.   The menu features plenty of scrumptious options including appetizers of iceberg lettuce wedge salad, Hawaiian Albacore Tuna Carpaccio.  If you are wondering what the word which rhymes with  Gazpacho means, Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat or fish generally thinly sliced or pounded thin and served as an appetizer. The Hawaiian Carpaccio was fabulous, prepared with jalapeño ponzu and crunchy arare.  Although, everything my dining companion and I ate was delicious, this appetizer was destined to be the star.


polenta-kale-shrimpsmallerAs for Entrées on the lunch menu, pancetta wrapped pan fried Gulf shrimp and rigatoni with Tuscan-style braised Colorado lamb shank caught our attention.  Another option includes Black Angus Meatloaf.   The Gulf shrimp is paired with provencal vegetable creamy polenta  and parmigiano-reggiano  The dark green kale is pleasing to the eye pulls together well for featured Mediterranean dish of polenta and pancetta.  The rigatoni dish has an incredible sauce, tender meat, roasted fennel and fresh sage. 

We finished the afternoon of dining with a pleasing red velvet cupcake with light sprinkles of coconut. 

Atmosphere: At lunch the crowd is primarily a sea of business executives in white shirts and ties.  Later in the day, the crowd become young and trendy.

*Starting Valentine's day the restaurant will be open on Sundays.  There will be a special  menu.


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