Saturday, November 14, 2009
Kaya, in the Strip District
Wow! What a great find! I've been reading positive reviews of Kaya for some time now but just got to try it this week. Stacy and I were in the Strip on one of our weekly shopping trips and decided to have lunch. I think the reason that I haven't been to Kaya is that I tend to go to the old stand-bys...Rowlands for their lobster roll, Primanti's (a lot of locals don't like it, but I do!) and of course Lucy for her Banh Mi,the BEST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD! Well Lucy wasn't there so on to Kaya we went.
The atmosphere is what I would call festive tropical, but still classy and not overdone. A long bar sits on the right wall as you enter and the left side is lined with tables. Our server was prompt, polite and knowledgeable about the menu. The lunch menu included a nice selection of sandwiches and entree selections and they also had several Todo En Uno or smaller sandwiches that come with two sides. Stacy decided on the Salmon-Crab Cakes with a jalapeño remoulade, and I went for the Todo En Uno of a Cuban sandwich with Conch Chowder and spicy slaw. The Cuban is one of my favorite sandwich's and this one did not disappoint. Turkey, pork, ham, Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard, and chipotle aioli on the side. Also on the side were slices of crunchy pickles. These are usually served on the sandwich, but I appreciate them on the side because I prefer a little less pickle that others might. Stacy really liked her Salmon-Crab cakes and the remoulade was very good.
Most of the lunch selections ranged from $8 to $13. This is quite a bargain considering the quality of the food. I'm sure we will be back!