Restaurant Spotlight: Kaya’s Kitchen

Hi friends! I wanted to start a new series showing off some really great restaurants that I’ve gone to that either have a completely vegan menu or are really vegan-friendly. I think it’s so incredibly cool that more and more people are becoming interested in eating a more plant-based diet (either for health reasons or whatever makes you do it). It’s not only awesome for decreasing the amount of animals being consumed, but it’s an effective way to protect our environment!

For those of you who are transitioning to eating more plant-based food, you’ll be happy to see more restaurants accommodating your lifestyle change. First up, let’s talk about a place I visited with my roomie last summer in Belmar, NJ!

Kaya’s Kitchen – Belmar, New Jersey

Kaya’s Kitchen is located at 1000 Main Street (on the corner of 10th & Main) in the cute beach town of Belmar. It’s an entirely vegan restaurant that serves up fresh, made to order dishes. They offer such an amazing variety of food – including: soups, salads, appetizers, entrées inspired by both American and international cuisine, sandwiches and desserts.

I went to Kaya’s Kitchen with one of my roommates and we split two appetizers, ordered two entrées and then we shared a small dessert. Kaya’s Kitchen is BYOB – so we brought a bottle of Rosé with us to drink.


Shiitake Corn Cake 

Seasoned veggie patty (with shiitake mushrooms, black beans and sweet corn), served over field greens, topped with guacamole and pico de gallo, and drizzled with ranch and Sriracha hot sauce.

∇ Kaya’s Combo 

Country nuggets, tofu buffalo wings, tempeh wings, seitan ribs, and potato salad. Served with dipping sauces.


∇ Soul Seitan 

Seitan flank breaded and fried, served with seasonal veggies and mashed potatoes with gravy. This was my main dish and OMG it was sooooo good!

Side Note: Seitan is a popular meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans because it becomes surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat once it’s cooked. It’s made from wheat gluten and it’s very high in protein!

∇ Peanut Tofu Sandwich 

Sliced tofu marinated and grilled in thai-peanut sauce, stacked with cucumber, lettuce, tomato and onion. Served with a side of fries, obvi!



I think this was sort of like an “Ice Cream Sundae” cupcake. Their choices vary day-to-day, so I don’t know what they will have for choices, but it’ll be SO good!

If you’re in Belmar, I highly recommend visiting Kaya’s Kitchen!

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