Probably the most extraordinary thing about Chaya Venice is that it has a menu that manages to cater to a lot of different tastes and do them all well. We had a team dinner with 7 people – and when we were taking a survey of what people wanted to eat for dinner we got one vote for meat, one vote for fish, and one vote for sushi. Amazingly, Chaya satisfied everybody’s wants, and everybody walked away happy!
The first thing I noticed about Chaya was their drink menu – I got the Lychee martini, which was definitely one of the better lychee martinis I’ve had. The raspberry mojito, pomegranate martini, and blu-beri drop all looked equally enticing.
For my main course, I had the “Sea Scallops wrapped in New York Steak Sautéed in Dijon Pommerey Mustard Sauce Sautéed Potatoes, Oyster & Shitake Mushrooms & Green Beans”. I thought the dijon mustard was a curious choice… but let me tell you, everything about this dish worked perfectly! The dijon mustard tasted like butter against the scallop, but tasted like a spicy mustard against the steak. I wolfed down this dish, and couldn’t get enough of the mustard!
I was fully satisfied after my entree, but after having seen a review for the “Banana, Banana, Banana” dessert, I couldn’t resist. The Banana Banana Banana is a “Warm Banana Tart & Banana Ice Cream whipped with Mixed Berries
topped with a Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana”, and it was SO GOOD. I don’t think I’ve ever had banana ice cream, but this banana ice cream was sooo good… totally naturally flavored, and just, yummy. The banana tart was different from what I was expecting – more like a bread pudding than a pastry, but I liked it better that way. The frozen chocolate covered banana was good too, but it was just a banana, and I was toostuffed from everything else.
I thought this place was great, really well-rounded. Now I’m looking forward to trying the one in SF!