Jaiiya: A bowl (or maybe a few) of goodness | Arts & Appetite


Last updated 1/13/2022 at 5:36pm

Maria A. Montalvo

Turkish eggs with turmeric chai at Jaiiya Café in Westgate.

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How many restaurants on your route to work or to your favorite shop make you pause and think, "Oh yeah, I really want to try that place?" Well, there is no time like the present.

A spot that I kept meaning to try is one that I drive passed nearly every day: Jaiiya Café, Coffee, and More. Since Jaiiya opened in September 2020, I have heard about their fantastic açaí bowls, juices, and coffees, and that only scratches the surface of all there is to enjoy.

It took me a far too long to get there, but it will now be on our permanent rotation for breakfast or brunch.

Walking in the front door, you know you are in a place that cares about the details. The dining area is incredibly bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and offers counter seating, some comfy couches and chairs, as well as a few tables.

The beautiful baked goods on either side of the front counter are the perfect accompaniment to the sights, sounds, and smells of espresso or cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

On a particularly chilly Saturday morning, we were craving a hearty breakfast, so we took our time considering the extensive menu: toasts, sandwiches, and wraps, and their well-known açaí bowls, sweet bowls, and savory bowls.

It took a while because we were distracted by the fruits and veggies being blended or beautifully arranged in a bowl, or the final touches going on various dishes as they reached the counter for pick-up.

The coffees and signature drinks are so thoughtfully created and prepared that you taste their commitment to all they do.

In the end, we settled on the bagel & lox, avocado toast with a poached egg, and the Turkish eggs, along with a French-press coffee, the turmeric chai latte, and a cappuccino. The bagel had that lovely chew and crust to create a perfect bite with the cream cheese and lox.

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The fresh bread used to make the toast for both the avocado toast and Turkish eggs is fantastic. Although I will order the avocado toast again, the Turkish eggs were a revelation.

Two poached eggs served atop Greek yogurt and garnished with olive oil and aleppo pepper butter – a beautiful dish for the eyes (the melted butter and oil taking on a rusty hue from the pepper) and taste buds (the herbaceous dill and pepper balancing the creamy yogurt).

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We ate slowly, taking in the different flavors of each bite, and contemplated our next orders as we watched dishes come out for the steady stream of to-go and dine-in patrons.

Jaiiya offers such a variety of ingredients, components, and toppings that whatever you order will be exactly what you want (or maybe what you didn't even know could be). They say their goal is to take fresh, local ingredients and turn them into eats and treats that are good for both the body and the soul. They definitely succeed.

Jaiiya's website explains its commitment to fresh and nutrient-rich ingredients. Their menu features tasty options for everyone, from vegans and vegetarians, to those who are gluten-free, and those who just love great, healthy food.

With a place like Jaiiya nearby, we can pick up a juice or smoothie on the way to work, stop in for a warm, comforting meal, or enjoy a great cup of coffee with a friend – all while feeling good about the healthy, wholesome ingredients in every bite.

Jaiiya Café is located in the ground floor of the Village at Westgate at 10032 Edmonds Way. (It is also worth noting that one of the other fantastic restaurants in Edmonds, Ono Poke, is just across the parking lot.)

Go to their jaiiyacafe.com to learn more.


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