Chaya Brasserie – dineLA

Our first dineLA experience was at Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills.  I was intrigued by the description of the restaurant on their website, “distinctive East/West cooking by Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe, who first introduced Los Angeles to Franco-Japonaise cooking.”  http://www.thechaya.com/bhindex.htm

We were thanked for arriving a few minutes early for our reservation and seated immediately.  The first thing I noticed about the drink menu was their title for cocktails.

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How adorable!  I ended up ordering a glass of wine though. 🙂

Our server was very helpful and informative about the menu and wine choices.

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Boyfriend chose the grilled asparagus with parmesan cheese as his appetizer.  That is exactly what he got:  grilled asparagus with parmesan cheese on top.  No frills.

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I chose the lobster ravioli with basil pesto sauce.  Each of the two ravioli were stuffed to the brim and it was obvious they were going for quality and not quantity.

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We were excited about the entrees.  Boyfriend went with the pan-roasted New Zealand White Sea Bass, braised greens, sweet bell pepper, Andouille sausage, with basmati rice.

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My entree was wonderful.  I chose the slow braised short rib with champignon truffle oil risotto.  The meat was incredibly tender and the risotto was amazing.  Boyfriend loved my risotto too, as it probably would’ve been better paired with his fish than the basmati rice they served.

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There were only two choices for dessert (one being a VEGAN option that our server advised against) so Boyfriend and I both chose the chocolate ice cream sandwich.  There were no complaints here but I couldn’t help but think that this cookie/ice cream sandwich was probably five times more expensive than the ones I get at Diddy Riese in Westwood…

While I was impressed with my appetizer and entree, Boyfriend was left wanting a little more.  He probably could’ve made the grilled asparagus at home and we both would’ve chosen another starch to go with his sea bass.  I enjoyed the Japanese bamboo garden decor in the center of the restaurant and the staff were all very friendly.  I wouldn’t mind trying out Chaya San Francisco once we move up north!

Final rating: three and a quarter stars

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2 Comments on “Chaya Brasserie – dineLA”

  1. dee Says:

    love it says foo foo drinks
    hi “boyfriend”
    ha

  2. Boyfriend Says:

    The fish was good. Everything else either I could have made (asparagus), gotten better somewhere else for cheaper (ice cream sandwich), or did not pair well with what it was served with (the rice that came with the fish). The service was great at the beginning but started to taper off as the restaurant got more crowded. The company was excellent though 🙂


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