Respond to Review of Kaya Island Eats
by Sonja and Dirk
Review: So the menu looks like it's not very vegan friendly, but we went here on the recommendation of Deer Run B&B who is vegan. It was the best advice ever! Kaya is located on a lovely little key overlooking the water where we watched the sunset. From the moment we entered, the service was impeccable. We told our waitress Olga that we were vegan and she went to get the owner chef Scott. He clearly enjoys being creative and catering to his guests. He suggested the mushroom miso soup and Kaya salad (with no goat cheese) to start. We also got the battered fries with truffle ketchup. All delicious. For the entree, he described a lovely custom meal that he wanted to make for us, but even that didn't prepare us for the quality and presentation (at a reasonable price too!). He steamed blocks of tempeh in green tea and then baked them in banana leaves with a tropical pineapple sauce, including custom levels of spiciness. This was beautifully plated with jerk portobello mushrooms, pickled carrots, veggies, wontons, rice and leaf shaped wasabi. It got the attention of nearly everyone in the restaurant as someone came over to our table and Olga said many people asked her too. Dirk is still talking about this meal. Definitely a highlight of our trip. Don't miss the chance to eat here.