Wednesday, April 23, 2014

o ya restaurant, Boston

When my dad came up last weekend to help me move out of Boston, I made an advanced reservation at o ya for two seats at the sushi bar. There aren't too many Japanese restaurants in Boston, so I'm just going to say this straight up: o ya has the best Japanese food in Massachusetts. It's fresh, it's innovative, and it's special. It's located in the middle of nowhere by South Station, but those couple of hours you spend inside will definitely transport you away from the Leather District.

My dad and I settled on the trying the 17-course chef's selection. It seemed the most "affordable" compared to ordering just a la carte or the 20+ course omakase menu. But I promise the $185 was very well spent because each dish is so intricately prepared. All the fish are paired with flavors and seasonings that makes each course unique in taste and presentation. I got a bit worn out in the middle because the sashimi marinades got a bit repetitive, but the chef's nigiri choices were all very impressive and delicious. All I had to tell my waiter was that we liked eating uni, and the following photos document what we were served. I bolded my favorites, so if you ever stop by o ya, be sure to request to try those!

Kumamoto oyster; watermelon pearls, cucumber migonette

Hamachi; spicy banana pepper mousse
Maine sea urchin; blood orange, homemade soy
Salmon; unfiltered wheat soy moromi
Kohada Japanese baby mackerel; black olive puree, shiso
Bluefin chutoro; Republic of Georgia garlic herb sauce
Fried Kumamoto oyster; yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles
Kyoto style wild morel mushrooms; garlic, soy
Iwashi; house-smoked Japanese sardine, pickled scotch bonnet, cilantro
Shima aji and Maine sea urchin; ceviche vinaigrette, cilantro
Scottish salmon; spicy sesame ponzu, yuzu kosho, scallion oil
Hamachi; Viet migonette, Thai basil, shallot
Bluefin tuna tataki; smoky pickled onion, truffle oil
Shiso tempura with grilled lobster; charred tomato, ponzo aioli
Grilled shiitake and wild hedgehog mushroom sashimi; rosemary garlic oil, sesame froth, soy
Seared petit strip loin; potato confit, sea salt, white truffle oil
Foie gras; balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp, sip of 8 year aged sake
White chocolate with strawberry and yuzu, milk chocolate with salted caramel

o ya restaurant 

9 East Street Place
Boston, MA


  1. Literally dying to try this place! Just a bit should do a post about best budget eats in Boston!

  2. this looks bomb! but yea, a bit out of my pay grade