In honor of Earth Week, I wanted to sample some local restaurants who use organic ingredients or ingredients grown locally. I came across an amazing little spot in Highland Heights right off of Route 271 called Naya Bistro & Lounge.
The restaurant was chic and contemporary. Definitely a great place to take a date for dinner. I arrived during Happy Hour and was surprised at how great the specials were. $5 glasses of house wine, $5 appetizer menu, and $7 martinis.
The staff was incredibly personable and friendly. I even made friends with the bartender Diane. She informed me that Naya is home to a variety of organic wines and that some of their cocktails are even made with organic liqueur. I had the opportunity to taste a new signature cocktail of theirs that contains organic cucumber liqueur. It was one of the most refreshing things I have ever tasted. Definitely a concoction fit for a warm summer day.
Diane had also made a martini called a Patriot Martini that was red white and blue. The colors separated perfectly and the cocktail gave me drink ideas for this summer’s Fourth of July festivities.
The Happy Hour menu had a wonderful selection ranging from chicken egg rolls to pita pizzas. I ordered the Margherita Pita Pizza, Potato Skins and Chicken Egg Roll. The portions were a good size; just enough to share with a friend but not so much that you couldn’t eat it all yourself. The essence of the food really spoke to the freshness of the ingredients. The pizza tasted of fresh tomatoes. It’s proof that organic and locally grown ingredients make a difference in the quality and flavor of the food.
The potato skins also had a unique twist. Instead of using traditional russet potatoes, Naya uses red skin potatoes. I enjoyed the consistency of the red skin potatoes better because the potatoes did not overwhelm the other ingredients. Sometimes russet potatoes can be thick and overbearing. Naya has really mastered the perfect balance of potato, bacon, sour cream and green onions. The dish was served on a plate of greens and with a cheese sauce, which added to the presentation.
The chicken egg roll was hearty and contained chicken, cabbage, red peppers, and sesame oil. They were served with a sweet and sour sauce. If I was blindfolded, I would have thought that these egg rolls were made fresh from an Asian restaurant. It really took my taste buds to a trip Far East.
I am so glad I stumbled across Naya. Not only was the food delicious, but the staff was a joy to be around. It will definitely be a place that I visit again and again, especially during the Happy Hour (Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm). If I were to give this experience a grade, it would definitely get an A. It is a chic, trendy restaurant that doesn’t give you a stuffy feeling. It was a great atmosphere with a great staff and great cuisine to match.
Naya Bistro & Lounge
6323 Wilson Mills Road (Right near RT 271)
Highland Heights, OH 44143