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k'ya, Anaheim (quick review)

OCAnn | Feb 23, 200811:19 PM

With good reviews for k'ya at their Laguna Beach location, Mr OCAnn and I decided to go to the new Anaheim location @ the Hotel Menage.

It's a beautiful restaurant; it was definitely more attractive and upscale than the tourists, the diners and the whole restaurant & hotel staff. Service was great; not hovering, not snooty, but friendly, professional and polite. We liked Jose.

As for the food, we had the lobster portabella mushroom, ahi poke, lamb chops and the maui style bbq beef ribs. I loved the lobster portabella mushroom--the lobster wasn't rubbery, but had a nice, fresh crunch while still being moist. I didn't like the ahi poke; it was sweet. I prefer my poke to be on the briney side. The lamb chops and beef ribs were good, but nothing to write home about.

The soup & salad was 50/50. I LOVED the romaine salad w/the gorgonzola cheese, sundried cranberries and the creamy basil-garlic dressing; the flavours balanced well. However, their lobster bisque was subpar. It was lukewarm and too sweet.

Mr OCAnn loved his flat iron steak...I thought it tasted like any old steak with sauce on top. I had the lobster ravioli. It was like any other ravioli served anywhere else. It didn't wow me.

I really, really wanted to like k'ya. It's a beautiful restaurant with great service. The food ranged from meh to good to great. It's a hit or miss.

All told, after 1.5 hours and $150 (incl tax, tip & wine), it was just okay.

btw, it's pronounced KIE-ya. (I thought it was k'ya...as in a karate kick K'YA!)

K'ya @ Hotel Menage
1221 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

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