Thursday, May 17, 2012

5/15/12-Miya's Sushi, New Haven, CT

Let me preface this review by saying that I do not like sushi--I don't do raw fish, it grosses me out. Sorry to those who love it (and yes, I've tried it--bad results!). Tom enjoys sushi, so I feel bad from time to time when he wants it and the thought turns my stomach. That being said, I knew from reading the menu that there were items at Miya's that I could enjoy!

We came down here around 6pm on a Tuesday night and was instructed to choose a two-top along the wall. Water glasses were filled and small novels....uhh, I mean menus....were placed in front of us. No joke, the menu is 30-something pages long, so it can get a bit overwhelming. As first timers, our server suggested the blue-plate special, where the kitchen makes up ten of the most popular menu items, but this won't work for us, considering I wouldn't eat most of what was brought out. We also had a gift card to use up so we perused the menu for what felt like forever before we made our decisions.

To start, we got the Tokyo Fro--thin potato strips fried up with a special sauce drizzled over the top--so good! Tom got a drink--the Kama Sutra--pureed berries, sake and beer all mixed together, which was surprisingly good! Now onto our sushi choices! "A Roll of a Lifetime" (roll of baked arctic char skin with asparagus)--this was Tom's favorite fish sushi, saying he'd definitely order it again; Ooh La La Mitzvah (tempura arctic char, brie cheese, avocado)--also just Tom's, but he enjoyed this one as well; "Italian Stallion" (fried calamari, new york mascarpone cheese, pistachios and orange marmalade)--what an incredible, surprising combination of flavors, we both enjoyed this one; "Dr. Zhivago's" (squid, caspian  seaweed, avocado, and roasted garlic in a whole grain roll, fried whole and served with a tangy sesame soy)--hands down, our favorite roll of the evening, just amazing; "Chicken Teriyaki Roll" (whole grain teriyaki roll, the contrapuntal ingredients plus sprouted brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet and oats, resulting in a stormy symphony of flavors and textures. animal welfare approved organic connecticut pasteur raised chicken, broccoli, mushroom, pineapple, cranberries, almonds, burdock root and homemade sake teriyaki sauce)--crunchy, delightful and complimented nicely by the sauce, beautiful presentation; "Mishima Sonata" (a roll of catfish, peanut butter, banana, avocado, honey, goat cheese, tempura fried in its entirety in a whole grain roll)--Tom also enjoyed this one, nice sweetness to it.

Overall, the two of us had a very enjoyable evening, with lots of leftovers to take home! Service was very helpful for us first-timers and made us feel at ease and the atmosphere definitely has a college town vibe.  I also enjoyed that the menu focuses on sustainable seafood and ingredients (spend a few minutes reading the menu, you'll learn something!). By the time we were ready to leave, the place had totally filled up, surprising for any place on a Tuesday night. Glad we found a place that is safe for those of us who don't enjoy raw fish but have that twinge of guilt when our significant others do!

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