When we arrived, this place was packed, I saw only 1-2 tables open. Yes, I recommend to make reservation. Oh, and because this place is really close to the beach, it was REALLY cold.
Dungeness crab fair 10/24-11/6, 2011
I wanted to try all of them, but because of my friend can't eat crab, I only ordered two things.
Full menu is available on the website.
Pomegranate martini $10
Chaya infusion/pomegranate liqueur/cranberry juice/sweet & sour
I started off with this pomegranate martini. recommended. It was good.
complimentary bread with olive oil
Clam chowder bread bowl $14
I thought this gonna be a size of side dish, but it was a big bowl. Well, it's $14. Just this will be enough portion for the lunch. We liked it.
Tamago $4, Tsubugai $6
Not the place I'd get sushi
Crab Asian crepe (from crab fair menu) $15
Savory blend of jalapeno, onion & crab with thai red curry sauce & micro cilantro
It was different from what I expected, since it says "crepe", I thought it's more like savory crepe. This is more like Korean style pancake with creamy sauce on top. Although the taste was good.
Lobster-shrimp ravioli $20
Basil-pesto cream sauce
Unfortunately my friend didn't like it at all, we both tasted each piece of ravioli, and I told our waiter, we don't like it. We returned it, ordered Arrabbiata instead. It was fine for me, but I wouldn't pay $20 for it.
Raspberry Mojito $10
Rum/Fresh mint/Fresh lime juice/Raspberry liqueur
I think I'm start realizing, I don't think I like my drinks with rum. I only had 1/3.
Crab gnocchi (from crab fair menu) $23
Yukon potato gnocchi over sauteed spinach with pumpkin coconut milk lemongrass sauce, crispy arare crab
I asked for no ricotta. Each piece of gnocchi was big, like scallop. I like it. This was a heavy dish. I couldn't finish eating (Of course I already had all other food above).
Fusilli Arrabbiata with sauteed shrimp$19
Pasta was normal (in good way).
Banana Banana Banana $9
Warm banana tart/Banana ice cream whipped with mixed berries /Frozen choco covered banana
warm tart + cold ice cream = yummy. Chocolate covered banana was very frozen.
I thought Chaya is more like Asian fusion, but I guess not? Pretty much everything we ate was more like Italian.
Rating: 3.6 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
Parking: Yes (on the back, I think it was $3 with validation)
110 Navy St
Venice, CA 90293
Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon-Sat 5 pm - 12 am
Sun 5 pm - 10 pm