When I asked for sushi recommendation, the name that kept popping up was O Ya - with the warning that it's expensive. Indeed, although you can order a la carte at O Ya, the full omakase runs about $250 and the smaller tasting menu $180. But I have to try it, right? I sat at the counter where I can see the chefs at work. My friend was late so I was getting hungry watching all the foie gras sushi being fired out ...
Things like banana pepper mousse doesn't mean that O Ya veers completely from the traditional, though. Our next course is a Salmon with unfiltered wheat soy moromi
The next bite is an indulgence: Santa Barbara sea urchin and Russian Osetra caviar
Warm eel, thai basil, kabayaki, fresh Kyoto sansho
Warm chive blossom omelette, sweet dashi sauce
Iwashi: house-smoked wild Japanese sardine, spicy pickled scotch bonnet, cilantro
Fried Kumamoto oyster, yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles
Kohada with green olive tapenade
Wild Bluefin maguro, soy braised garlic, micro greens
Kyoto style wild morel mushrooms, garlic, soy
Now we move on to the sashimi courses, starting with Shima Aji, Hue-style, kaffir oil, table salad
Scottish salmon, spicy sesame ponzu, yuzu kosho, scallion oil
Hamachi, Viet mignonette, Thai basil, shallot
Bluefin tuna tataki, smoky pickled onion, truffle oil
Chilled Maine lobster salad, avocado, creamy yuzu dressing, micro greens, cucumber gelee
Foie Gras miso on tempura bits, preserved California yuzu
Alternate if you don't eat foie gras: Grilled Chanterelle and shiitake mushroom sashimi, rosemary garlic oil, sesame froth, soy
Seared Petit Strip Loin (2 oz wagyu), potato confit, sea salt, white truffle oil
The finale for me, is the long-awaited Foie Gras nigiri with balsamic chocolate kabayaki, Claudio Corallo raisin cocoa pulp
For my friend who doesn't eat foie gras: Miso-marinated Delice de Bourgogne (also served with a sip of the aged sake)
Did I mention I love the serving wares they use here? Here's one of the chopstick holders.
We received two desserts: Aged sake gelato, financier, vanilla cremaux, miso-hazelnut caramel
Yuzu curd, almond, blackberry-jasmine, meringue
Chocolate petit fours: White chocolate with roasted green tea and Chambord, Milk chocolate with yuzu kosho hazelnut.
Overall I quite enjoyed my meal at O Ya. They play around with spices and the dressings more than a traditional sushi restaurant, but most of the time it worked, although a few were overwhelming. The omakase is certainly quite expensive and I won't be having this meal very often, but seeing the various other foie gras dishes on the menu, I think I'll be back for an a la carte dinner!
9 East St
Boston, MA 02111