1287 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA | Directions 9265133.532520 -117.775818
3.5 stars knocked down to three because of the sheer volume of noise at K'ya on any given evening. Seriously, between the baby boomers who are losing their hearing due to aging and the young pups who are losing their hearing due to too-high levels on their iPods, how does anyone hold a conversation in this place???
We started with the organic gold beet, baby tomato and feta salad (greens, candied walnuts, mustard vinaigrette). It arrived mounded on a small plate and had a nice, green flavor (the greens were mainly arugula) but the feta nor the vinaigrette really didn't shine through. Also, the salad portion was good enough that it mounded on the small plate and was hard to eat the initial bites without spilling the salad onto the table. A larger plate would have made it easier to enjoy this dish.
Next, we split several dishes, tapas-style:
1. Lobster Truffle Risotto (caramelized onion, white wine, Parmesan cheese). A solid portion, even though it arrived in a smaller container. The top was layered with Parmesan shavings and the bits that melted to the top of the dish added a great flavor. The bits that stayed cool and intact almost competed with the more delicate flavor of the lobster in the risotto. Nice creamy texture and very rich.
2. Coq au Vin (chicken simmered in wine with mushrooms and onions). Overall nice flavor, large chunks of white-meat chicken. Not overpowering even though it was garnished with a sprig of thyme, and as the sauce was a bit watery it would have been great to include a small piece of crusty bread with this dish.
3. Wild Hawaiian Ahi Poke (onion, seaweed, avocado, spicy soy). One of the standout dishes of the evening - we almost ordered a second one because we blew through the first much too quickly.
4. Curry Seared Wild Ahi (organic brown rice pilaf, mango chutney). Phenomenal sear and color on the ahi, and the curry/mango chutney flavors melded nicely and gave the dish an overall wonderful flavor.
The pros: good service, great prices.
The con: (and it's a BIG one): the noise.
Sweet Happy Hour – Eclectic menu with great service,,, went there for happy hour with my husband for a few drinks and appies. Make sure to try the chicken pot pie!
Kya Rocks! – I had dinner at Kya for the second time on Friday night. What can I say; great food, wonderful service, fun atmoshpere and great location. The hotel it's in is charming and the prices are pretty reasonable. I had the lobster macaroni and cheese. It was yummy. I can't wait to go back.
WOW GREAT FIND! – LOOOOOOOVE this place! found it on urbanspoon, came with some friends and loved it!. the food is to die for! if you go, ask for jenny as a server! so nice and friendly. highly recommended.
Great food – I went to bistro for lunch and wine. We had a great time. Love the food .
Amazing Place for Small Plates and Great Wine Selection – Kya has such amazing food. I love the small plates because you can try alot of different dishes and share with friends. Im also a big wine drinker and was impressed by the selection. Great service, food and wine. I will be back soon! They also have a great bar scene.
Great Food! – Food here is great, small portions (tapas). Get the Risotto, and sweet potato fries. Also, I think Sunday night is half price bottles of wine... You really cant go wrong with anything on the menu.
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