DineLA’s Restaurant Week has been extended another week (making it Restaurant Three Weeks), but one of the better deals in town right now is separate from that: Chaya‘s $25 anniversary menu. The original Chaya Brasserie is 25 years old (I’m sorry to say that I’m old enough to have gone there when it was brand new), so to celebrate, throughout October all three restaurants are serving a three-course dinner menu, with three choices for each course.
I hit Chaya Downtown the other night, and between my friend and I, we tried a fair amount of the menu. To start were French onion soup with a chicken broth (robust broth, good cheesiness) and generous, tasty tempura shrimp rolls. Next came fantastic short ribs on a bed of wild mushrooms and a little too rich mac ‘n’ cheese; my friend had Tai snapper with fat scallops in a lobster curry sauce. Neither the mango sorbet nor the panna cotta spoke to us, so for dessert we both had the tidy little flourless chocolate brownie with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, which was exactly as good as it needed to be.
All in all, it was a mighty fine meal for the money, with good service, a fairly priced bottle of wine, and a comfortable booth out on the greenery-lined bar patio on a balmy Indian summer evening, with Downtown aglow around us.
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