Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CHAYA on the Embarcadero

After the board meeting, the executive team, with the help of our esteemed secretary, chose a local restaurant named CHAYA for dinner.  CHAYA is an upscale chain restaurant with various locations in Southern California as well as a location in San Francisco.

The restaurant is located on the Embarcadero in San Francisco and overlooks the SF Bay as well as the Bay Bridge.  The restaurant has an interesting theme, best described as Asian and French fusion.  Based on the people that dine there that evening, they definitely cater to a more affluent, LA-ish crowd. The food was pricer than I'm used to (though I can't really complain since I didn't pay), but the preparation was excellent.

I had the seared foie gras for my appetizer, and it was prepared perfectly, in a similar style to the French Laundry version.  I also had some sushi.  Generally, when a restaurant is fusion, they are Jack of all trades, master of none.  Imagine my surprise when the sushi appetizer was actually good -- the fish they had there was surprisingly fresh.  The main course was the sea bass, and it was also cooked to perfection and very delicious.  They were fairly sauce heavy with the dishes I ordered, but I can't confirm if this was the general style of the restaurant.  If you do decide to check this restaurant out, please do remember to save some room to try their croissant bread pudding.  The bread pudding was the highlight of the evening and a great way to finish the evening.

Because this was a dinner with our executive team and a board member, I didn't bother to take to many pictures.  Sometimes, it's best to not draw negative attention to myself.

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