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DineLA: Chaya Downtown

DineLA []adventure #2, Chaya Downtown [] Overall, a good experience, a few glitches but again, can't beat the company and the food was very good. The room is pretty - strong Asian influences in the design and the menu.

First course: Cup of Soup du Jour which was a Kabocha Squash with curry and coconut, topped with homemade croutons. We all three had and enjoyed. Their bread was great too.

Second course, Grace and I enjoyed the Pinot Noir Braised Boneless Short Ribs with Yukon Potato Puree (it's there just totally washed out by the flash) and Green Beans.

Patrice opted for the Crunchy Toro Albacore with Maui Onion Marmalade and Sweet Soy Balsamic Reduction. I'm not a fan of albacore as a rule, but I tasted this and it was terrific.

Course three: one diner chose Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies with Frangelico Whipping Cream and the other two opted for Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce. All three of us got suckered into some expensive imported coffee (not pictured), making the mistake of not asking how much it was. None of us thought it was worth the $8 per cup price tag. Our bad for not asking.

Tomorrow it's DineLAdetox day, PB and J and an apple at my desk, two courses, about $2

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