Respond to Review of CLOSED: Kaya Island Eats
Review: It took MUCH longer to reach Key West than expected on the Sunday of Memorial Day, and by then most of the restaurants I'd considered were closed (of the few open on Sundays). We were very hungry, and I was curious about the HappyCow reviews I'd seen for a non-veg restaurant that makes terrific custom vegan food, so we headed over to Kaya Island Eats (after confirming they were open). There were a couple of items on the menu that could easily be made vegan, but Scott did not disappoint - he offered to whip something up special, with tempeh "steaks", pickled carrot, and lots of flavor over sticky rice. I don't even remember all the facets of his proposal, but he told us that he goes for lots of flavor when cooking vegan, and he succeeded! When we asked Staci, our excellent server, if there were any vegan desserts on the menu, she checked with Scott. He offered to take some local strawberries, sear them with a balsamic reduction glaze, and serve them with some cracked pepper on top to play off the sweetness in the berries and the glaze. We felt somewhat guilty when we asked if the strawberries are organic, since that's an item we are very careful about, and he came back quickly with bad news. He had even called his girlfriend to see if they had any organic strawberries in their home fridge, right nearby, but that cupboard was bare. A small disappointment, but a large effort to please the customer. Clearly, Scott (and Staci) are concerned about their customers, and their food. They certainly did fabulously well by us, dessert or no! I wish I could give them five stars, but I can do only four for a non-vegetarian restaurant.