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Chaya Venice | Feb 20, 200501:20 PM

My boyfriend and I tried Chaya Venice last night for the first time. He had been wanting to try it for a while. First, I would highly reccommend making reservations if you plan to go; otherwise your wait may be an hour or so long. We had made reservations so we only had a very short wait while the table was being set. The atmosphere was loud and hip. The waiter was very attentive and didn't make us feel rushed. We first ordered some 2002 Castlerock Pinot Noir, which I highly reccommend. For starters we ordered the Cantonese Chicken Rolls with Sweet Miso Sauce, which we both felt were pretty average tasting. They werent bad by any means but I was expecting a little more flavor. Maybe it is because I originally wanted the Shrimp & Blue Crab Jalapeño Fritters served with Homemade Guacamole, but we decided on something that we would both eat. For entrees, Alex ordered the “Korean Style” Sliced Tenderloin in a Sweet & Spicy Kochi-Jun Sauce with garlic Fried Rice and a Poached Egg Wonton. He ordered his tenderloin to be cooked medium. It was quite tasty, very juicy and tender and the spicy Kochi-Junm Sauce gave just the right kick. The sides that came with it was quite good as well. Of course, I had to give it all a taste :) I ordered the Grilled Prawns and Chili Rellenos stuffed with Garlic Shrimp Pilaf and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
with Cilantro Cream Sauce and Smoked Chili Sauce.
On the bottom of the plate was a red chili and on top of half of it was the garlic shrimp pilaf, while on the other half was the garlic mashed potatoes. On top of the pilaf and mashed potatoes were 2 skewers of 3 medium sized prawns each. They were skewered on what looked like a rosemary twig and they had the smoke chili sauce on them. Surrounding the plate was the Cilantro cream sauce. The prawns were very good with just enough spice. The mashed potatoes were pretty average but I really enjoyed the garlic shrimp pilaf. I would have preferred no mashed potatoes and double the pilaf. You must save room for dessert! All of the desserts looked good, but we decided on the Warm Fallen Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis & Vanilla Ice Cream. It was heavenly! Can we say food orgasm? The ice cream was a premium vanilla bean ice cream, which was very good. I always prefer vanilla bean to just vanilla. So much more flavor! In between the cake and the ice cream was the raspberry coulis and then the chocolate cake. As soon as put my fork to the cake to obtain a piece of heaven, warm chocolate flowed out of the center like lava flowing from a volcano. It was a wonderful end to a wonderful dinner. The total cost came to $94 and was well worth it. If you have never been to Chaya Venice, give it a try! You wont be disappointed.

Chaya Venice
110 Navy St. (Main & Navy)
Venice, CA


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