Oh Yeah!!! for O Ya!
Here's the deal...consider this a very special post. I don't do restaurant reviews or write a foodie-blog, but this one meal from O Ya is worthy of it's own post...
The photos will speak for themselves...this meal occurred on May 24, 2012, as evidenced by the date on the menu. The numbers on the menu indicate the order in which most items were brought out. I ordered a 'tasting menu', my only request was that I not be brought any eel. My friend ordered a la carte...photos of both meals are included here.
(my friend's chowder)
The torched tomato really made this one!! It was so unexpected with the right firmness to complement the texture of the salmon.
One of my favorites!! The herbs on top were fresh with a hint of nuttiness...the reviews I read indicated that walnuts were mixed into this pesto.
Chilled Daikon 'Dumplings' with miso nut "cheese", homemade kimchi, wakame, spicy pine nut mayo
My friend had the Tea Brined Fried Pork Rib
Aragawa Style 8oz striploin with frites...and truffle oil on the frites!
(this one was also my friend's...but it tasted like meat flavored butter, a dish to die for!)
While everything was delicious, I don't like sea urchin. Maybe it's because I used to have one as a pet? I don't even know how to describe it...I just don't like it.
This one was sooooo good that it curled my toes! Ladies, you know what I'm talking about!! Definitely my favorite piece of the night!
Another amazing morsel!!! This is one to order on it's own! The coolness of the fish combined with a little spice and the sweet basil created such a sensation so as to delight the taste buds!
'Wait for it, I'll tell you when to snap the picture...,' our waiter said when bringing this one. He removed the cover and this delectable scent of a campfire permeated the air as the delicate smoke wafted up from the dish...
Normally, I do not like Arctic Char, but this I would go back for time and time again!
Gotta say, there was something about this one that didn't live up to the rest. Oh, it was good, maybe because it followed the Arctic Char? I'm not sure, but the smoky pickled onion was such a surprisingly wonderful flavor that more places should use it!
I was skeptical of the jalapeno. I'm just not a fan, but here, it was such a delicate and almost refreshing flavor combined with the crispness of the apple...a texture and flavor sensation!
I was burping mushroom for the rest of the night. If you don't mind the belching, go for this one!! It was a mix of wondrous earthy flavors with the creamy richness of butter.
OK, it was a giant soft boiled egg. I didn't get it. And I don't like runny eggs. Of everything we enjoyed this evening, this was the only one I had trouble swallowing...