When Kaya Sushi opened in Marina Del Rey over 10 years ago they treated their customers to some of the freshest, most innovative, delicious sushi and Korean BBQ around, at some of the best prices. Now, they have added an El Segundo location, and we have to settle for just the fresh, innovative and delicious parts as they have become one of the pricer purveyors of fresh raw fish and grilled marinated meats in town. That said, they are still worth the added price tag!A trip to either locale is a treat for the visual senses, from the glass waterfall entryway, custom hand-built sushi bars, intimate booths and low lighting, to the original intricate designs of the edible art they serve. Despite the high-end appearance of these restaurants, they are very kid-friendly and have a casual, genial atmosphere.
Yet, it’s the savory senses we ultimately need to satisfy when we frequent a restaurant, right? Well, no worries there … Kaya delivers big-time with generous slices of fresh fish, a huge list of original rolls (the Jay’s Roll is my favorite), and authentic traditional Korean dishes all guaranteed to delight your taste buds.
Due to an early dismissal from school, my wife and I were able to bring our son to lunch at the original location. The Caveboy was given the “Kids Plate” consisting of beef Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef), steamed rice, tomatoes, and orange slices … along with some kid friendly chopsticks. He couldn’t get enough! My herbivore Cavewoman ordered a Vegetable Tempura roll with avocado and cream cheese. Kaya’s veggie-friendly selection is very impressive. My choice was the Daeji Bulgogi (Spicy BBQ Pork) lunch special which included Miso Soup, steamed rice, Kimchi (instead of Glass Noodles), and some marinated Tofu. Everything was superb! No sushi for me today, but the White Tuna is always very tempting. Kaya’s Kim Bop is to die for, as is their sauteed asparagus, Kimchi pancake, and just about everything else on the menu. And, be sure to check out their Daily Special menu … displayed on an LCD TV. Plus, if you can, save room for desert because the Tempura Ice Cream is always a hit.
Also, if you are in the mood for Sake, they have wide a variety of premium hot and cold offerings, as well as Soju … also known, euphemistically, as “Korean Vodka”.
Next time you are on the Westside of Los Angeles in search of great Japanese and Korean cuisine served with flavor and flair, give yourself a treat and head for Kaya.
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