Feeling Shellfish? Check Out Chaya Downtown’s Crustacean Fair

Diners at CHAYA Downtown can dive into a shellfish-centric menu for its inaugural month-long “Crustacean Food Fair.” The LA Beat was invited to a tasting and recommends it highly. The dishes are also reasonably priced for such fresh, upscale seafood. Rock Shrimp and Bay Scallop Ceviche with Aji-Amarillo Ponzu ($14) has just the right balance of acidity without being overbearing. Pan Roasted Langoustine Ojja with Rock Shrimp, Scallops, Clams, Mussels, Eggs, and Chorizo ($29) resembles a paella with a richer sauce. Blue Crab Pilaf and Tai Snapper wasone of my favorite dishes, the fish cooked to perfection. The Half Maine Lobster & Jidori Chicken Hot Pot with Porcini Mushrooms, Cippolini Onions, Baby Carrots, and Heirloom Potatoes ($36) is on the higher end, but can be split between two people easily and four with either some good manners or fighting. The special menu continues through Sunday, October 28.

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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