Kai restaurant offers an extraordinary cultural dining experience in a romantic setting and is the only establishment boasting the AAA Five Diamond award in the state of Arizona. Kai is worth the trip and the staff seeks to ensure your experience is impeccable and culturally significant.
The restaurant resides in the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort on the Gila Indian Reservation and your cultural experience begins as your drive down Wild Horse Pass Road to enter the resort. The road meanders around streams on the reservation surrounded by native grasses and plants. Upon arriving at the resort, guests are welcomed by the soothing sounds of Native American flute music by renowned artists, such as R. Carlos Nakai.
The Kai menu is designed to lead diners through a culinary journey beginning with The Birth (starters) and concluding with The Afterlife (dessert). Each menu cover is unique featuring a painting from a local artist that demonstrates the beauty and appreciation for the land. The server will share the story behind each piece of art and it’s symbolism before an in-depth discussion about the menu and ingredients used by the Chef de Cuisine, Joshua Johnson.
The menu is American with southwestern and indigenous influences. Food is artfully prepared and presented by an attentive staff. Menu options may include locally made cheeses, heirloom vegetables grown on the reservation, organic meats and wild game. The menu changes often but an example of something to expect may be grilled tenderloin of tribal buffalo accompanied by saguaro blossom soup and cholla buds or local pecan crusted lamb with native seeds. A delightful starter is their charred pumpkin and squash soup. The sommelier is knowledgeable and can assist with selecting the perfect wine to complement your meal.
The west facing windows in the restaurant overlook the Gila Reservation and Estrella Mountains. It’s an ideal place to watch the sunset. During monsoon season, a storm may move across the land delivering a spectacular lightening show. Guests leave Kai feeling relaxed, pampered and have an appreciation for the land and people that inhabited it before the sprawl of planned communities.