I held off posting about our trip to Chaya’s Japanese Beer Garden as not to remind one particular friend about what a rough time she had that night and the whole next day.
It’s brilliant marketing. Toss up some lanterns outside, and it’s special.
Here is Michelle with yakitori grill in the background.
While it’s called a beer garden, the beer selection is pretty poor with a few Japanese beers and Stella. We settled on sake sangria and sake flights.
This is one flight. The aforementioned friend had three of them, which is why the night slowly spiraled out of control. It’s sake time!
As for food, we really couldn’t decide, so we ordered everything. Well, almost everything.
Spicy Shrimp Roll and Grilled White Corn with Feta Cheese. Michelle was so inspired by the corn that she made a similar dish at a BBQ we went to recently.
Spicy Tuna Roll.
Everything form the yakitori menu multiple times. There are definitely better places for yakitori, but it’s nice to order when sharing amongst friends.
Grilled Octopus. I really liked this dish.
Sea Scallop Miso Gratin.
I can’t remember what this one was called. It came pretty late in the evening, and I was full of food and sake. As you can see there is prosciutto, so it must be good.
Fish n’ Chips.
Calamari and Pita with Hummus.
Kobe Beef Short Rib Melt. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good. You have to eat it while it’s hot though.