o ya suggestions
Not interested in doing omakase ,what are your favorites?
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.
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).
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
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.
Hamachi with banana pepper mousse.
Lather, rinse, repeat as needed.
(And, should you need dessert, go elsewhere.)
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.
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
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.
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.