His own thing includes eclectic choices on the appetizer menu: Korean barbecued ribs, Japanese seared albacore, shrimp tempura and gyoza (filled dumplings) and Filipino lumpia (spring rolls).
Chicken adoba, curry, teriyaki and pineapple, grilled pork chops, beef teriyaki, filet mignon, New York strip steak, rib eye steak, swordfish, Chilean sea bass, scallops and salmon are entrees. Vegetarian dishes include chop suey, green beans adobo style and Singapore rice noodles.
Although he's training sushi chefs, DeVilla still creates the sushi, sashimi and hand rolls, or Temaki sushi. The cone-shaped hand rolls wrapped in nori resemble the Japanese version of burritos.
The sushi rolls, or maki, are offered with all the expected fillings -- California, rainbow, tempura, and spicy tuna. The Chef's Special Maki are DeVilla's own creations, with some help from his wife.
"The signature rolls set us apart," he said. The Bay maki contains shrimp, crab, mayo and red bell peppers. Crab shack is avocado and crunch topped with spicy crab salad. The colorful Cherry Blossom is a flower-shaped roll with salmon and avocado layered with tuna. Aptly named Godzilla holds shrimp tempura and cucumber topped wit spicy tuna, spicy mayo and chili pepper.
Lunchtime diners may order off the menu or partake of a buffet featuring Filipino and Chinese dishes. Beef caldereta, a Spanish influenced tomato-based stew, pork lechon, a roasted pork in gravy, pork adobo and pansit sit side-by-side with popular Chinese sweet and sour chicken, pepper steak and General Tso's chicken on the $8 buffet. The selection of dishes at the buffet varies daily.
Dinner entrée prices range from $6 for vegetarian dishes to $22 for filet mignon. Most entrees are priced between $10 and $15. Maki sushi is between $6 and $13, sashimi between $10 and $14 and hand rolls are $5. Dine in the main dining room, the sushi bar or the lounge. A meeting room for 25 people is also available.
Kawayan RestoBar, 3106 Chesterfield Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for both a buffet or off-the-menu lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Kawayan is closed on Sunday. Call 304-205-7819 or visit www.kawayanrestobar.com.
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