Thai Peanut Kabobs
We vacation every summer in Ocean Grove, NJ which is just a few miles away from Belmar, NJ. Belmar, NJ happens to be the home of Kaya’s Kitchen, a mostly vegan restaurant. It’s mostly vegan because you can choose between vegan and dairy cheese on some of their dishes. We have been going their for years now and its something we look forward to every summer.
I started off my meal with the Thai Peanut Kabobs. They were delicious! The peanut sauce was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. I would order a bowl of that sauce and eat it as a soup that’s how good it was. Peter ordered the Mississippi Ribs for his appetizer. The restaurant describe these as “Our famous seitan ribs smoothered in our homemade BBQ”. They are really good. The first time I tried them I didn’t see what the big deal about them was but each time I’ve had them I’ve liked them more and more and we now order them every time we eat there. We ordered Reno the hummus appetizer for her main meal. She’s been eating hummus like it’s going out of style lately and thought that was a safe choice for her. Upon her first bite she screams “It isn’t delicious!” She was so upset and refused to eat anything else. I tried the hummus and can state that is was in fact really delicious but I can understand why she herself didn’t think so.
Tempeh Rueben w. Onion Rings
For the main part of my meal I decided to try something I haven’t gotten before and went with the Tempeh Rueben w. Onion Rings. The onion rings were great. The Rueben?? Not so much. It was no fault of Kaya’s though. I know that they use Daiya cheese and I don’t like Daiya cheese. When the waitress asked if I wanted vegan or dairy cheese I should have just said no to all cheeses. Instead I said vegan because at that moment I forgot that they use Daiya. I tried my hardest to eat this sandwich and take off as much of the melted cheese as possible but once I get a taste of that cheese in my mouth its all over. If I did order the sandwich sans cheese I would have been very happy with my meal.
Peter ordered an italian style pierogi off of their specials board. It too had Daiya cheese on it. The bites I took of if, sans the cheese, were delicious. I’m use to having pierogi’s only one way and that’s with earth balance and caramelized onions. Their pierogi’s were made with some sorta delicious italian type of sauce with portobello mushrooms in it. If they have this on their special board again when we go back I would definitely get it..minus the cheese. :)
By the time we were almost done eating our main meals Reno had fallen asleep in the booth we were sitting in and Miles was getting hungry so we didn’t have time to get dessert and just headed back to our little hotel room.
I wish this restaurant was closer to where we live. I’m hoping Peter and I can get back down to Belmar one of these days before the end of the year to eat here again.