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Dining Information: Chaya Downtown

Chaya Downtown ** 1/2

LOCATION

525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles; (213) 236-9577 www.thechaya.com.

AMBIENCE

Sophisticated, comfortable downtown restaurant with bar, communal table, sushi bar, luxurious dining room and breezy patio. This fourth in the Chaya collection features crudo, sushi and appealing French-Japanese fare.

SERVICE

Not very intuitive: too much restaurant speak.

PRICE

Dinner appetizers, $9 to $14; crudo, $14 to $16; pastas, $17 to $21; main courses, $18 to $35; dessert, $5 to $9.

BEST DISHES

Tai snapper with kumquat- chile relish, crunchy yellowtail, roasted mussels, grilled sardine, miso-marinated white sea bass, Tasmanian salmon in Pinot Noir sauce, chicken Dijon, prime beef rib eye in three peppercorn sauce, fallen chocolate cake, litchi sorbet.

WINE LIST

Wide-ranging but not very adventurous and on the high side. Corkage fee, $20.

BEST TABLE

One along the banquette or a booth on the patio.

DETAILS

Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Full bar. Valet parking in City National Parking Plaza garage, $5 at lunch; at valet stand on Figueroa between 5th and 6th streets, $7 at dinner with validation.

Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.

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