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O-Ya - Perceptor's Report

Perceptor Jun 2, 2009 03:36 PM

hello boston hounders...

i recently spent a fantastic eating weekend in Boston... loved Neptune Oyster.. Craigie on Main was fabulous.. and O-Ya was definitely o YEAH!!!

while researching where to eat for my trip, O-Ya was virtually on the top of many lists.. so i had to check it out... located in a quiet alley without much signage in an unassuming brick building is O-Ya.. the food was definitely very creative (reminded alot of Uchi in Austin Texas).. most of their creations are party in your mouth.. the only small thing i have to say about this place is the price.. in my opinion, it was kinda expensive for each bite of food to cost about $8-$15.. each BITE! other than that i really enjoyed our dinner there... good job Boston for having a place like O-Ya.

Here is my photo coverage:

9 East St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900

- Perceptor from Los Angeles

  1. Bob Dobalina Jul 8, 2009 07:22 AM

    Just caught this on the Globe today - "Tiffani Faison, chef at Oya, applied a roasted corn and onion mayo to her lobster rolls."


    So Tiffani from Top Chef Season 1 is working at O Ya? Really?

    10 Replies
    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      justbeingpolite Jul 8, 2009 07:32 AM

      Guess so:

      1. re: Bob Dobalina
        Trumpetguy Jul 8, 2009 07:41 AM

        I think I said that above...am I not taken seriously? Heaven for fend...

        1. re: Trumpetguy
          Bob Dobalina Jul 8, 2009 08:11 AM

          Oh sorry - your post was collapsed and I forgot to expand first!

          1. re: Bob Dobalina
            justbeingpolite Jul 8, 2009 03:24 PM

            I saw it, just thought you'd like the photo evidence!

            that, and I don't take you seriously, TG ;)

            1. re: justbeingpolite
              Trumpetguy Jul 8, 2009 06:31 PM

              I've never been so insulted,JBP:-)

              I saw Tiffani drinking at Drink too--I recognized her immediately!

        2. re: Bob Dobalina
          Tir_na_nOg Jul 8, 2009 06:24 PM

          Apparently she is sous chef.

          Does she have any background in Japanese cuisine?

          1. re: Tir_na_nOg
            Bob Dobalina Jul 9, 2009 05:46 AM

            Probably no more than the Cushmans.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina
              barleywino Jul 9, 2009 06:36 AM

              if she worked at Tao restaurant in Vegas that might count for something...like Tim Cushman working (supposedly) at Matsuhisa in L.A.

              1. re: barleywino
                Bob Dobalina Jul 9, 2009 06:37 AM

                Do you think anyone get to call him "Cush" ala Jerry McGuire? Just wondering...

          2. re: Bob Dobalina
            robski Jul 13, 2009 09:05 AM

            She has been there for some time. At least since first week in April when I was last there...

          3. Trumpetguy Jun 3, 2009 01:37 PM

            Beautifully captured!

            I had my meal of the year there recently; in fact probably the meal of my life :)--the amazing omakase-15 courses, each one an explosion of flavor that boggles. Your pictures brought it back--those mushrooms! I have been a vegetarian for 25 years, but here ate fois gras & weygu beef :0 No regrets!

            Fantastic sake as well & amazing service--I cannot wait to return for a special night out!

            Also Tiffany, from Top Chef, was in the kitchen:)

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            1. re: Trumpetguy
              bagnacauda Jun 3, 2009 01:44 PM

              Loved the photos.A great reminder of what a talented kitchen they are running. Makes me want to go back now!

              1. re: Trumpetguy
                Tir_na_nOg Jun 4, 2009 06:56 PM

                How much for the omakase, or did you tell them what you wanted to spend?

                1. re: Tir_na_nOg
                  Perceptor Jun 4, 2009 09:31 PM

                  i ordered all those dishes myself (mostly recommended by our waitress)
                  if i remember correctly, total with everything was about $150 per person that night

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                smtucker Jun 2, 2009 06:40 PM

                Thank you so much for those pictures. I will never be in that income bracket, so I appreciate the opportunity to enjoy O-Ya vicariously.

                1. barleywino Jun 2, 2009 04:10 PM

                  Perceptor, always a pleasure to "read" your reports-- food porn at its finest

                  1. rlove Jun 2, 2009 03:50 PM

                    Gorgeous photos--excellent shooting and great postprocessing, but I suppose your subject matter was beautiful to start.

                    O Ya is my favorite restaurant in Boston. Glad you enjoyed it.

                    1. MC Slim JB Jun 2, 2009 03:44 PM

                      Nice job with the photos; a good intro for folks wondering what the room and the food look like.


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