Is O Ya worth it?
Hi All -
I've been MIA traveling this winter - please don't hold it against me...I've missed my boston chow!
Now for my query: going to take fiance out for birthday dinner and the next place on our list of places to try is O Ya. Most people seem to love it, but then I've heard the people who think its insanely overpriced. What are your thoughts?
Thanks as always,
I'd say it is as well. I have had meals there where I have dropped big bucks there and left feeling a bit peckish, so I have changed my approach when visiting O Ya.
I'll start the evening there and just have a few well thought out tastes then move on to different places and sample some other small plates or apps. Overall I don't drop as much cash and I end up with a wider variety of tasting experiences. While I understand this approach may not work for everyone, or may not be everybody's cup of tea, it works for me.
Having been to O Ya twice, I will have to admit that I probably placed more into the 2nd camp, and would not be totally sure that it is worth it for the full dinner...
BUT - that opinion comes with two VERY important caveats -
First, and probably most importantly, I don't eat any meat or poultry, so the wonders of the pork dishes and the wagyu beef are lost on me. Some might say that they are definitely worth the price of admission, but I wouldn't know.
Second, I love fish. I adore the tastes and textures of ALL kinds of fish. I will eat sashimi all day! I say this because at O Ya, I always feel totally overwhelmed by the accompaniments - personally, I think that many of the dishes have just too many taste sensations, between sauces, toppings, etc.
Some really enjoy this incredible layering of tastes, I'm just not one of them - I love really wonderful, FRESH food prepared well. Given that, I tend to favor a more simple approach and so my dinners at O Ya always start out with excitement but end with a bit of disappointment.
On the other hand, I love the space.... And Nancy and Tim and the staff are fabulous! So, my recommendation is maybe go for a wonderful sparkling sake and a few tantalizing bites for moving on....
I agree that it is definitely overpriced. That being said, the first time I ate there I was blown away and figuring out how I could justify getting back often. On subsequent visits, I have left feeling a bit gouged. We have not been there in several months and are not rushing back at their prices (coupled with inconsistent service).
I don't think you will regret at least trying O Ya, it is unique and excellent. You will have an outstanding meal and it is a great speacial occasion place.
I'd say yes too. For me, the experience and the quality and creativeness of the food make it worth the price tag, especially for a special occasion meal. If you like sushi and sashimi, you can go to a cheaper place and gorge yourself for almost the same price by ordering a la carte, or you can let the chefs at O Ya take you through their fantastic selection of dishes.