Archive for the ‘Sushi’ Category

O Ya – Straight-up Food Porn

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Location: Boston

The Foodie: Strongly Recommends

There’s every other sushi restaurant you’ve eaten at in your life, and then there’s O Ya.

Yeah, that’s right. This underground citizen food blogger just ate at a restaurant that received an unheard-of 29 Food Rating from Zagat, was named one of the Top 10 Sushi restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit, and frequently makes it into various “Best of Boston” rankings. New York Times food critic Frank Bruni himself gushed over these guys.

I’ve written in past food prose that sushi lends itself to being categorized in tiers. Well, O Ya just created their own freaking level of classification.

Given that the entire United States food rating machine has already raved about this spot since the five years after it opened, this humble critic will just describe it as food porn and let the following full-size pictures from my 16-course Omakase tasting menu tell the rest. After this I’ll have to purchase a “dot xxx” domain. Happy food lust:

View of the huge sauce line-up from the sushi bar


Fish is way more beautiful on a plate than in the sea...


Scottish salmon, spicy sesame ponzu, yuzu kosho, scallion oil


Fried kumamoto oyster + yuzu kosho aioli + squid ink bubbles = mouthgasm


Shima aji & santa barbara sea urchin, ceviche vinaigrette, cilantro


Real seared wagyu beef petit strip loin. Two words: life-changing.


Thank you. Come again.

Thelonious Monkfish – Miles Davis of Jelly Roll Mortons

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Location: Cambridge, MA

The Foodie: Recommends
Came here with a Buddy Bolden to try some good fresh fish and thoroughly enjoyed Miles Davis of tasty inventive Jelly Roll Morton’s and  awesome uni with quail egg, hamachi sashimi, spicy tuna, and more…I was feeling Fats Waller after more rolls than I could Count Basie though lack of liquor (like a good Sapporo) did not make me Dizzy Gillespie.

Definitely a Duke Ellington or Earl Hines of sushi in the Cambridge scene and hits tier two in the sushi hierarchy. Good spot for the Fela Kuti’s or Chick Correa’s and a nice Artie Shaw spot with a cool name like Thelonious Monkfish (but none on the menu).