What to Eat at Richard Sandoval's Raya

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Sweet Corn Soup Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

This summer, chef Richard Sandoval invaded Southern California with three new restaurants. Both in the revitalized Santa Monica Place, Zengo is at its best when fusing Latin American and Asian flavors, while you can get vastly superior versions of La Sandia's more straight-forward Mexican cuisine in just about every L.A. neighborhood for less. Then there's Raya, a much different, and much better, animal that opened at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel. Obviously more upscale given its location, Raya's primary focus is sustainable, Monterrey Bay Aquarium-approved seafood, bearing a bevy of detailed, clever micro-ingredients both Mexican and Asian in origin. Under chef de cuisine Greg Howe, the most popular item here is a sweet corn soup brushed with huitlacoche puree, floating Maine lobster, truffled masa dumplings, clams, and crab meat. Elsewhere, rolls are studded with Serrano, a shrimp ceviche is dotted with tiny black sesame seeds in a sauce containing lychee and coconut sambal, pibil is made from Jidori chicken, and mole verde and sriracha unite for a Hawaiian ahi. See our slide show of some of Raya's signature dishes and check out the full dinner, cocktail, and dessert menus below.

Raya Dinner

For the Table
Smoked Swordfish Dip - pacific swordfish / tomato / onion / cilantro / pickled jalapeños / corn tortilla 14

Appetizers

Coconut Shrimp Ceviche - rock shrimp/ coconut broth / lychee / sweet sambal / black sesame seed / mint / chile habanero 16

Hawaiian Tuna Ceviche - jicama / red onions /
cilantro / avocado / chile de arbol / yuzu / puffed rice 16

Octopus Carpaccio - braised octopus / arugula / avocado / lime / chile toreado aiöli / adobo vinaigrette 15

Oysters-on-the-half-shell - pacific kumamoto oysters / red wine mignonette / roasted tomatillo salsa / chipotle honey mignonette 18

Lobster Tacos - maine lobster / flour tortilla / black bean purée / chile de arbol salsa / avocado / cilantro 18

Beef Huarache - vintage natural prime dry-aged NY sirloin / black bean purée / onions /
chile toreado aiöli / manchego cheese / crispy masa flatbread 18

Tomatoes & Avocado - tutti frutti organic tomatoes / avocado / requeson /serrano-apple vinaigrette / pickled onions / balsamic / epazote 15

Mushroom Huarache - caramelized onions / roasted wild mushrooms / black bean purée /
goat cheese / truffle oil / crispy masa flatbread 14

Hamachi Tiraditos - hamachi sashimi / radish / sriracha / apple / mint / ponzu / ginger 17

Ceviche Tasting - rock shrimp / ahi tuna / plantain & yuca chips 18

Soup + Salad
Sweet Corn Soup - truffled masa dumplings / huitlacoche purée / crab / clams / lobster / avocado 14

Black Bean Soup - queso fresco / sweet plantain / avocado / crispy tortilla 10

Organic Beet Salad - roasted beets / watercress / queso de valdeon / pear-green chile salsa / pistachio / mole negro vinaigrette 12

Tuna Tataki Salad - ahi tuna / avocado / mixed greens / lemon-ginger-wasabi dressing /
white spring onion / fresh ginger 18

Lobster Salad - maine lobster / sweet potato / baby spinach / chile ancho-port reduction / chive oil 18

Maggie Farms Arugula Salad - pea shoots / cranberries / almonds / goat cheese / spicy balsamic vinaigrette 13

Entrees

Achiote Salmon - organic king salmon / chayote /smoked bacon / wild mushrooms / chipotle aioli / achiote ponzu 24

Miso Black Cod - alaskan black cod / daikon radish / asparagus / lemon-togarashi aioli / kabayaki sauce 29

Chicken Pibil - jidori farm-raised organic chicken / achiote citrus sauce / pickled red onions / yuca fries 21

Seared Hawaiian Tuna - pistachio-chile ancho crust / sweet carrot / sriracha / green apple salad / mole verde 27

Roasted Halibut - pacific halibut / truffled boniato / roasted corn salsa / chive oil / crispy jalapenos 28

Rack of Lamb - natural colorado lamb / corn purée / edamame-corn-cherry tomato-pearl onion / hoisin-adobo 35

Seafood Paella - maine lobster / prawns / clams /crab / calamari / spanish dry-cured chorizo / saffron rice / lobster oil 28

Sautéed Prawns - prawns / tomato-olive-caper sauce / fufu / plantain chip / pickled poblano 35

Braised Short Rib - snake river farms wagyu beef / oaxaca cheese organic yukon mash / broccolini / huitlacoche-shiitake / dragon sauce / hoisin adobo 26

Vintage Natural NY Sirloin - alaskan king crab potato purée / chipotle hollandaise / daikon-tomato-fava bean / grilled spring onions / black truffle chimichurri 38

Raya is committed to serving only natural and organic produce featuring fresh, local California products. Rayas menu showcases sustainable seafood, as per the Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch Program,which helps to protect the future fish supply in the worlds oceans. Our dry aged beef, natural lamb and organic chickens are raised using no hormones or antibiotics.

Cocktails

Orange Ginger
Asian inspired drink, exotic ingredients, wonderful balance. Absolute Mandarin and Gekkeikan Sake

Yuzu Fresa
Made with fresh strawberries, very refreshing and light. Made with Stoli Citros

Mojito Cuzco
Very refreshing, wonderful balance. Made with Bacardi rum

Passion Fruit Mojito
Very refreshing and light. Made with Bacardi rum

Tamarind-Togarashi Margarita
Latin Asian inspired margarita, amazing Togarashi salt. Made with Patron Silver tequila

Hibiscus Margarita
Very refreshing. Made with dry hibiscus flower and Herradura Silver tequila

RAYA DESSERTS

Chocolate Tart
mexican chocolate / almond crust / sour cream sorbet/ espresso anglaise 11

Rice Pudding Brulee
jasmine rice & vanilla bean custard / burnt sugar / seasonal fruit 10

Churros
cinnamon sugar/ chile ancho-chocolate sauce / cajeta / citrus anglaise 9

Yuzu Citrus Cake
five-spice custard sauce/ ginger ice cream / sesame lace cookie 11

Lemongrass Panna Cotta
passion fruit reduction / lime sorbet / tequila gelée / fleur de sel 10

Assorted Ice Cream & Sorbet
lime, sour cream, raspberry & passion fruit sorbets/ vanilla, chocolate & ginger ice creams / shortbread cookie 9