o ya, boston….second time back

We returned to O Ya.  Well I did, Emily had never been.  I love this place.  If it was in NYC, I'd probably go too often.  Because O Ya is in Boston, I can enjoy the whole experience only once in a while.  Sitting at the bar is key.  To watch the chefs prepare each dish is part of the fun.  Incredible attention to detail and the flavors are unique.  We chose what we wanted but I must come back with Fred (who would love this place) and let the chef bring it on.

I ordered a bottle of the Mukune sake which was layered yet light.  There are many sakes to choose from which is another added bonus.  Our first course out was sliced salmon topped with a mixture of unfiltered wheat soy moromi, yuzu and scallions.  Emily took one bite and said "I have not tasted anything this good in a long time."  

Sea urchin
Second was sea urchin.  Emily doesn't do sea urchin so I ate them both.  Woah.  Santa Barbara sea urchin with sliced piece of blood orange and a homemade soy mixed with fresh wasabi.  Unbelievable melt in your mouth.  The citrus just cut through the urchin and created an incredible flavor combo.  

Peruvian toro
Third was two pieces of Peruvian style Toro.  Toro that had been seared with an aji panca sauce and cilantro pesto.  Really interesting flavors.  Tasted like a South American barbecue.  

Fourth our was eel.  Warm eel with a variety of Japanese flavors and names that I can't even give you a definition for in terms of flavor.  Kabayaki and fresh Kyoto sansha.  What came out loud and clear was the Thai basil.  The basil hit your senses just a few seconds after you popped the eel in your mouth.  Tasty.  

Salmon ponzu spicy
Fifth was Scottish Salmon sashimi in a spicy sesame ponzu sauce with scallion oil.  Delish with a nice kick.

Toro with georgia herb sauce
Sixth was more toro.  Our waiter recommended this.  Wild bluefin Toro with a dollop of a Georgia herb sauce.  Not sure what Georgia herb sauce is but it tastes like a combination of interesting herbs with a pesto consistency.  Really good.  

Hamachi tartare
Seventh was hamachi tartare.  A cylinder of chopped hamachi sitting in a sauce of ginger jus topped with a spicy chile oil.  

Otoro wasabi
Eighth was simple with a true hit of wasabi.  Wild Bluefin Otoro with wasabi oil and lots of green onions.

Pork ribs
For our ninth, we moved into pork.  Tea brined fried pork ribs with a hot sesame oil, honey and scallions.   Fall off the bone yet crispy at the same time.  

Rock shrimp
Our last before dessert was a rock shrimp dish.  They had taken a bunch of rock shrimp and fried them together so I almost thought it was butterflied shrimp.  This is served in misuba, fresh yuzu zest and topped with a warm sesame mayo.  

At this point I spoke to the chef about the beautiful eggs he was cracking.  Perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs that he cracked and they came out whole and shiny.  They cook them at 62 degrees in water for 4-5 hours.  They set after about an hour but can hang out for that long.  He said I could try simmering eggs for 30 minutes at the same temperature and could probably create the same thing.  I am going to try this at home. 
Then out came dessert.  Deconstructed Boston Creme pie.  The cake part is soaked in some type of alcohol with a coca crumble, sesames on the side and shavings of dark and white chocolate.  Interesting. 

All and all we had a great meal.  See how every physical plate is different.  The attention to detail is impressive.  Not only was the food good, the atmosphere is nice, Beatles music only and watching the performance behind the bar is worth the price of admission alone.  Considering I haven't been back for two years and O Ya is still rocking says it all.

Comments (Archived):

  1. ErikSchwartz

    Sous-vide makes perfect soft boiled eggs really easy.There’s a home version now. http://www.sousvidesupreme….

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks. I will check this out.

    2. Gotham Gal

      This is pretty much what that had in the restaurant.

  2. kirklove

    This place looks amazing. It’s official I have to get up to Boston again (Lili’s been hoping to visit some friends up there too) and we are definitely going to check this out. From your write up the “creative” sushi reminds me of Gari which is my favorite sushi in NYC.And tell Emily she’s right, uni is nasty. ; )

    1. Gotham Gal

      This place doesn’t compare to Gari. You would love it.

      1. kirklove

        Doesn’t compare better/worse or stop comparing already and just eatit’s all good?Kirk(sent from my iPhone)

        1. Gotham Gal

          I am not a fan of Gari but conceptually it could be the same thing.

  3. Steven Kane

    As a resident of Boston, I have to ask, firmly, and with emphasis, that you not write about O-Ya. In fact, why don’t you delete this post. Now.I mean, please! Its hard enough to get in to O-Ya without new people discovering it!Nothing personal, I make this comment anytime and place I see O-ya written up!

    1. Gotham Gal

      No worries. I ate there two years ago and it took me a while to get thereservation then too. Have to say, it wasn’t packed the night I went.

      1. Steven Kane

        ;)Places like O-ya always make me wonder about the economics of therestaurant business.Their prices are very high, but still, its sucha tiny place, how inthe world do they get by?And, with their talent and popularity, why don’t they expand or move?Maybe to preserve integrity? But again, the ecomonics of only havingone tiny restaurant?