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Not interested in doing omakase ,what are your favorites?

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  1. i think omakase is the wrong term to use for O Ya. the few times i've been there all the offerings in my $100 and $200 'omakse' were off the menu. they were awesome, but not what i fell a true omakase experience is all about.

    anywho,,, these threads hit all the high points imo:


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    1. re: ScubaSteve

      Assuming you mean they were on the menu, or from the menu?

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        I think he means, "Everything in O Ya's so-called omakase is actually a menu item, so it's not really an omakase." Nothing changes daily according to what's freshest, the rarities the itamae saves for special customers, etc.

        It's more like a sequence of standard menu items chosen by the chefs with the help of some guidelines you've specified in a dialog with the server (must-haves, aversions).


          1. re: MC Slim JB

            yes, I'd noticed getting nearly identical "omakase" meals six months apart (same price range). I was disappointed at first, but then appreciated the chance to, so to speak, watch The Sixth Sense a second time.

            1. re: enhF94

              One suggestion, if you order omasake meal = you may request more dishes done with particular items that you like most......like uni, etc.
              We always see what's on season & then request to concentrate more on dishes done with our favorite ingredient......they'll present 2 or 3 depending on what it is. But always SOOOOOooooo gooood - can't get enough

      2. in terms of enjoyment:

        1. Fried Kumamoto Oyster
        2. Foie Gras with balsamic-chocolate kobayaki, etc.
        3. non-fried Kumamoto Oyster
        4. I'm a sucker for the Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake, although I'm not educated about such things.

        I've had the Petit Strip Loin with smoked potato and grilled onions, and found both accompaniments more memorable than the beef (still, that was some beef).

        In terms of education:
        1. Frank Bruni was right about the grilled mushroom sashimi being an eduction in umami. Not my favorite, but I certainly reference it in my head all the time.

        I wasn't impressed by the potato chip, I'm sorry to say.

        1. Hamachi with banana pepper mousse.
          Lather, rinse, repeat as needed.
          (And, should you need dessert, go elsewhere.)

          1. Oyster with watermelon pearls, hamachi with banana pepper, Okinawan braised pork, uni with soy, warm eel, mushroom sashimi, Wagyu kushiyaki, onsen egg. Like that foie gras dish, which was appropriately served last with a sip of aged sake, as it's kind of dessert-y.

            I didn't think much of the potato chip, either, though my DC loved it the one time we tried it.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              My current favorites:

              1. Hamachi with banana pepper mousse!!
              2. Bali-style Nantucket bay scallops with coconut dressing (maybe too late)
              3. Daikon radish dumplings
              4. Toro with Republic of Georgia sauce
              5. Mushroom sashimi
              6. Onsen egg
              7. Wagyu with bone marrow chiwan mushi
              8. Hamachi tartare
              9. Matsutake broth
              10. Foie gras gyoza

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Yes, yes, yes! Hamachi with banana pepper and oyster with watermelon pearls are not to be missed.

              2. I had a fabulous dinner there, and one of my favorite parts was the flexibility. They are willing to do the omakase for almost any style and within a certain price range. If you do get the chef's "whim", the benefit is you know how much you will spend in advance and they tailor it in order of flow. That being said, I just looked back at my post on the dinner and the kumamoto oyster was incredible. I also loved any dish with the Thai basil, the sansho leaf or the torched fish.


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                1. re: foodymom

                  Thanks for all your suggestions,any tuna or salmon dishes that are a must.

                  1. re: babyblue

                    I was going to say anything but the tuna or salmon nigiri dishes...

                    My faves: fried kumamoto, grilled mushroom sashimi, potato chip

                    1. re: robski

                      I could eat several plates of the mushroom sashimi! Love the oyster with watermelon too - have tried to replicate it - made something good - but not the same

                    2. re: babyblue

                      I think I understand your question - at most sushi places I also gravitate toward tuna and salmon (and yellowtail.) But at O Ya you really can just give yourself over and know that everything you eat will be delicious. No need to avoid some of the more challenging items that you might not enjoy at other spots.

                  2. The Foie Gras is a must-have. Possibly the best single thing I've ever eaten.

                    Besides that, I recommend:
                    • hamachi sashimi
                    • grilled chantrelle mushroom sashimi
                    • fried kumamoto oyster
                    • bluefin tuna nigiri
                    • wild bluefin otoro

                    1. Perhaps a silly question, but when ordering, you can specify the order of the dishes?
                      I am thinking of viewing the menu at home, picking what I want and just presenting a pre-printed order list to the server upon presentation of the menu. :)

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                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                        That's a silly question. Of course you can. Me, I wouldn't give them a pre-printed order list (it just seems odd to be that transactional with the guy standing in front of you making your foodz) but if you have an order you want to eat in, just say so.

                        1. re: yumyum

                          Thanks, yum. I was sort of kidding about printing the list, but with everyone's menu on the intertubes, surprised that sort of reverse engineering does not occur.

                          Um, another silly - the nigiri/sashimi are one piece per order?

                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            I'll let someone who's been more recently than me answer that silly question. I did share with a DC when I went last, but we might have ordered two of everything.

                            The hamachi is to die. However, the hamachi at Craigie on Main gives it a serious run for its money.

                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                              typically 2 per order for sushi, 3 per order for sashimi

                              1. re: barleywino

                                Even at O Ya, right? I know that's the standard for typical sushi places.

                              2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                Not a silly question at all, I'm glad you asked because I've been wondering the same thing. Everyone talks about how crazy expensive it is, so I look at the nigiri prices and think - ok, is it just expensive (2 nigiri) or insanely expensive (1)? :-)

                            2. re: Bob Dobalina

                              I went last night for my birthday. Thanks to the recommendations of the people on this list and Boston magazine, I had pretty much decided what I wanted in advance, adding a few extras once there. I gave the server my list and let them decide how to serve it. The service was impeccable. The progression of flavors was absolutely perfect. Every single bite was alive with excitement. There was not one thing I got that I wished I wouldn't. The highlights for me were the salmon tataki, hamachi w/spicy banana pepper, warm eel, shiso tempura with grilled lobster, and of course the foie gras (gyoza and nigiri). Didn't have to mortgage the house to eat there and left completely satisfied. Could definitely see myself going again soon, eating a little less, and skipping dessert just to enjoy the tastes. And this from a devout carnivore!

                              1. re: dlibes

                                Would you mind sharing what you spent per person for food & drink? I'm eager to try it but afraid of the price tag. My mother was going to buy my wife and me a gift certificate for our anniversary and the restaurant recommended $175 per person!

                                1. re: BJK

                                  That is about right though you can get away with less if you go light and don't drink a lot. If you are hungry you could easily spend more.

                                    1. re: BJK

                                      A way to get the experience on the cheap it to go for apps, have a few key nibbles, and then have a meal elsewhere (heck Chinatown is across the way).

                                      You could certainly do this and get out of there for < $100.

                                      1. re: StriperGuy

                                        Great idea. Thanks StriperGuy.


                                        1. re: BJK

                                          I think quite a few hounds do this, sit at the bar, have a nibble or two with some Sake and then move on. It was another hound who gave me the suggestion.

                                  1. re: BJK

                                    perhaps she can give you a certificate for say $100-$150 total and you can supplement it if you run over...$80 per person can at least get you ~8 items to share which should give you a pretty good flavor of what they have

                                    1. re: BJK

                                      $300 for two inclusive of two beers each, dessert and a generous tip. Could have skipped the dessert and probably ate a little less. We are two healthy sized people and we were definitely full when we were done. I don't know how we could have spent $175 pp unless we had ordered a bottle of wine.

                                        1. re: Trumpetguy

                                          With copious sake and big eaters, 2 of us broke $440.

                                          1. re: StriperGuy

                                            Yeah, three of us with a couple bottles of sake broke $650. Expense account dinner (thanks to anonymous corporation!).

                                            I usually get "omakase" but ask to skip the beef which can bring it up a lot.

                                            On a side note, I always get the mushrooom sashimi, one of my absolute favorites, and last time I went (six months ago or so) it was literally less than half the size it had been on all of my several other visits. Wanted to say something but was enjoying the meal too much and the other two in the party were first-timers so had no clue.

                                            1. re: Zatan

                                              yes the cold daikon dumpling dish has gotten significantly smaller with less in the way of condiments (like the miso sauce) and even the hamachi w/ banana pepper mousse has gotten noticeably smaller since they first opened

                                            2. re: StriperGuy

                                              Actually talked to the buddy I did this with and he said for the two of us it was more like 5 Benjamin Franklins.

                                  2. Well, hello there everyone.

                                    I've been a very bad (and very busy) boy.

                                    Anyway, going to o ya Thursday with a friend from Australia. (Oh, and Abby.) Anybody been recently? Any new, exciting dishes?