For nearly a decade, CHAYA Downtown has walked the fine line between a place for business and an oasis for repose. Known for their creative ability to bridge between cultures and transcend the perception of Japanese and American dining, CHAYA Downtown is proud to introduce their latest delectable additions to their new Summer Menu!
With roots deeply planted in the 1600s, CHAYA originated as a humble but beloved teahouse along an ancient mountain pass. By the 1800s, this modest teahouse garnered enough acclaim and good fortune that it was able to innovate and evolve into a luxurious inn, and after more than one hundred years catering to the royal court and Japanese government officials, CHAYA evolved once more and established itself as a landmark dining destination with a pioneering marriage between French and Japanese traditions, ingredients and culinary techniques.
Nearly 400 years later, Corporate Executive Chef Yuko Kajino and Chef de Cuisine Oscar Cuaya keep the innovation flowing in the kitchen of CHAYA Downtown with mouthwatering new Summer Dishes and CHAYA classics alike.
Bustling with energy as only midday ambition can summon, CHAYA Downtown is an adaptable wealth of hospitality, whether guests are in and out for an expeditious power lunch, enjoying a languid meal with colleagues or clients to fuel business, or to simply get an early jump on CHAYA’s incredible Happy Hour. Joining the ranks of an already beloved Lunch Menu are four tantalizing newcomers, beginning with an irresistible pair of appetizers, starting with the deliciously unique Roasted Beet Salad, featuring Kefir cheese, sunflower sprouts, saba and blood orange, while the new Regier Family Grilled Peach with goat cheese, arugula, saba vinegar and furikake is the perfect summer starter.
Indulgence never tasted so healthful with the brand new NY Steak Salad, comprised of romaine, Lacinato kale, grains, cucumber, pistachios, blood orange, blue cheese, red wine vinaigrette and chimichurri. Fresh from the stream to CHAYA, the new Grilled New Zealand King Salmon will have guests dining like royalty, accompanied by broccoli spigarello and yuzu caper vinaigrette. CHAYA Downtown lunch favorites are also sticking around, like the classic Cheeseburger and French Fries, with mango chutney, spicy aioli, white cheddar and roasted onion, and the Vegetarian Curry Bowl prepared with market vegetables, house-made pickles, white and brown rice, and vegetable chips. Seafood lovers can get decadent with the Chirashi, a heaping bounty of tuna, salmon, shrimp, yellowtail, unagi, whitefish, ikura, tamagoyaki and spicy tuna.
As soon as the sun begins to dip, CHAYA Downtown mellows out and the atmosphere turns to an inviting den of relaxation. Luxuriate in the sophisticated ambiance and treat yourself to one of two new Starters, such as the incredibly satisfying and vegetarian friendly Sukiyaki Mushrooms with sugar snap peas and a soft egg or go ahead and give into the fresh fish craving with Hokkaido Baby Scallops Ceviche that is just as tasty as it is beautiful. Alternatively, go raw with the Oysters, featuring Chef’s choice of their latest selection.
Two new fun and sharable entrees join the Summer Dinner Menu, starting with the Seafood Paella featuring Lobster, p.e.i mussels, clams and decadent Spanish chorizo or go traditional with the Bone-In Ribeye served with a three peppercorn butter. If the bounty of the sea is what your taste buds seek, look no further than the Uni Black and White Spaghettini made with uni soy sauce and sprinkled Aonori, or enjoy the Teriyaki Black Cod, featuring hijiki brown rice, baby bok choy, asparagus and shrimp tempura, with a sweet soy glaze. Guests need not be torn between land and sea, for there is also the Kaisen Bento, comprised of daily selections of meat, fish, nigiri sushi, salad and seafood, presented in a six compartment box.
Missed lunch, but too early for dinner? Sidle up to the bar and partake in CHAYA Downtown’s unparalleled Summer Happy Hour. From 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, guests can snack on a variety of Happy Hour Bites, such as the Shrimp Hush Puppies, accompanied by Karashi mustard dip, Tuna Dome, comprised of spicy tuna atop crispy rice, the quintessential Japanese bar food, Chicken Karaage, served with chili miso, or the addictively vegetarian Crispy Brussels Sprouts. Once the clock chimes 4:00 pm, raise a glass to CHAYA Downtown’s Happy Hour Cocktails,and sip and savor the Bourbon Smash, comprised of Jim Beam bourbon, passionfruit puree, orange juice and fresh mint or the Russian Blues featuring lemon-infused Crystal Palace vodka, spritzer and fresh blueberries. Happy Hour Wines feature an array of California red and white wine selections, while Happy Hour Beers hail from Japan and the Mediterranean.
Deep in the heart of the Downtown’s Los Angeles Financial District, CHAYA Downtown is a treasure trove of juxtaposition ready to cater to business and leisure pursuits, work and play, day and night this Summer!
CHAYA Downtown is open for Lunch every Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for Dinner every Monday through Friday from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. CHAYA Downtown offersHappy Hour at the Bar every Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information or reservations, please visit www.TheCHAYA.com or call CHAYA Downtown directly at 213.236.9577.