If the classy Chaya Downtown restaurant were to throw a summer barbecue, it would look a lot like their newly opened rooftop beer garden. For the summer only, Chaya’s patio is transformed into an Asian-inspired beer garden, much like the ones in Japan. The space features its own menu, complete with a raw Kaisen sampler, barbecue classics like skewers and grilled corn, farmer’s market dishes like peach and burrata salad, and even their special adult snow cones.
Although the garden is in the middle of the city, the foliage and hanging lights will make you feel like you are worlds away. Click through the slideshow to see all of the mouthwatering dishes the Chaya beer garden has to offer.
Adult Snow Cones
Innovative adult snow cones come in three flavors: ginger, mango and raspberry. They are sweet and go down easy, which is good because you should drink up before they melt.
Peach and Burrata Salad
Sweet peaches and creamy burrata are the stars of this dish, accented with toasted hazelnuts, spicy arugula and a tangy balsamic glaze. A celebration of everything the farmer's market has to offer.
Barbecued Corn with Feta and Jalapeno Aioli
Smoky corn pairs with tangy cheese and spicy jalapenos for an irresistible snack. This dish is great as an appetizer and the sliced pieces make it highly conducive to sharing.
The fish of the day was flaky halibut, but that could change daily with market selections. To accompany the tacos are fresh guacamole, herbs and salsa. Unlike other fish tacos made with large pieces of fish, the fish in these are diced into bite-sized pieces for easier eating.
Kaisen Sampler and Barbecued Skewers
The Kaisen sampler is the ultimate seafood lover's dream. It's filled to the brim with raw oysters, ceviche and sashimi. On the other end of the spectrum, the beef tongue, chicken, oyster and bacon-wrapped date skewers are barbecued on the outdoor grill.
Soy Glazed Chicken Tsukune
Incredibly moist and flavorful, a Chicken Tsukune is a deep-fried Japanese-style meatball. The secret to getting it so tender is in the ground yams mixed in with the meat.
Croissant Bread Pudding
It doesn't get more decadent than a luscious croissant bread pudding speckled with milk chocolate and topped with dulce de leche ice cream.
Banana Banana Banana
Perfect for anyone who has a sweet spot for bananas, the Banana Banana Banana is made with three types of bananas, like the name suggests. A chocolate-covered banana sits atop a banana berry ice cream that smothers a caramelized banana tart. Reserved for banana lovers only!