Appetizers, again, were amazing - Tartare with the Plantain chips, peanuts in the Calamari. The Bean Dip & the Tofu Cracklins are yummy and spicy, so be careful. I did like the tofu, it wasn't how I expected tofu to be. Salsa was good, passed on the Mushroom Saute (cause mushrooms are not my favorite). The winner of appetizers, when put to vote, was the Lentil & Corn Beingnets by a landslide. I was suprised when they came, I don't think I knew what they would be, and they managed to impress. I think I feel the same way about Kaya this time as last time - to hell with dinner, just order all the appetizers!
Who: Me & the Dining Team
What: Drinks on the table - Lava Lover, Rum Runner, Caipirinha, Grapefruit-Basil Margartia, Dark & Stormy, Kayapolitan (*winner),
Appetizers for all - Tuna Tartare, Crispy Calamari, Tofu Cracklins, Mushroom Saute, Lentil & Corn Beingnets (*winner), Mango-Tomatilla Salsa, Yucatan Hot Bean Dip
Dinner - Me - <~ Pan Roasted Grouper
EasyD - Park Farms Chicken Breast ~>
Chickie - Salmon-Crab Cakes & Sweet & Spicy Baby Back Ribs
Vegahimsa - Jerked Tofu Tacos
Onion-hater - Kaya Burger
Steamy - Kaya Burger
Nonsense - Crispy Fish Tacos
Willtry - Kaya Burger
Desserts - Pecan Torte with Chipotle Ice Cream, Ice Cream Tasting (Passionfruit, Dulce de Leche, Avocado), Chocolate & Banana Bread Pudding, Creme Brulee. And I can't pick a winner here.
Again, I'll say that everything was great. My grouper was cooked perfectly, texture & flavor was amazing. Tacos - delicious. Chicken - tasty. Cakes, burgers, ribs - yummy, yum, yum. But let's just talk about dessert for a second - yes, it says Chipotle ice cream & Avocado ice cream. The Chipotle ice cream was one of the most confusing yet delicious things I have ever eaten - it was spicy, like chipotle spicy, but frozen. And Avocado ice cream was so different and very tasty. Bread pudding is one of my most favorite desserts, bananas are one of my least favorite - its a texture thing - this bread pudding was fabulous, even better if you like bananas. Those were the only 4 on the menu, so we ate them all, but, as a frontloader, I go back to the appetizers on this one. I'd rather eat them than dessert. As Chickie said, and I quote, "The appetizers were a smorgasboard of love and deliciousness!" She may have also been including the Kayapolitans.
Again, I will repeat, this restaurant is small, I advise you to make reservations or you may find yourself looking for somewhere else to eat. I would also recommend that you keep ordering. There was a little snag with the Kaya staff - after we had finished dessert, and had not ordered any more drinks, they did ask us to give up the table. Which, I do understand, being that it is such a small place, but it was a little sooner than we thought reasonable to push us out. C'mon kids, you're there to make great food and let us run up a huge tab!!
On the whole, Kaya has fab food, captivating ambiance, great drinks, and stellar appetizers! Make reservations, like now.