November 04, 2010

Chaya Venice

Pleasant surprise: Chaya Venice has awesome brunch food.
This was also my first three-course brunch experience.
And all for free?
Too easy to love.

The only downside was that I probably gained a good 3 lbs. in a hour (I even had some trouble breathing after I stood up). Will I return? You betcha!

Also, I think out of all the locations, I like the Venice location best. Less crowded and crazy.

Appetizer: Spicy Fried Calamari - delicious. The kick of the spices in the fried batter coupled with the curry-esque sauce were a knock-out pair. Oh yeah, the freshness of the squid was pretty crucial too.

Appetizer: Angus Parm Carpaccio - freshly shaved Parm-Reg with arugula.
Main course: "Bento Box" with grilled salmon, braised beef with potatoes, seaweed and arugula salad, and salmon, tuna and yellowtail sushi - superb. The braised beef was especially good, juicy and tender with each bite.

Main course: Lobster ravioli in a pesto creme sauce. It's laced with crack.

Dessert - Flourless brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and mixed berries on the side - decadent and wonderful.

Dessert: Creme Brulee. Not out of this world, but not shabby either. I spy a camera!

Beverage - Strawberry mojito - tangy but thirst-quenching.

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cuisine: American
location: Venice, Bev Hills, Downtown LA
website: { Chaya | yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: valet or street