Having gone to Miya's on several occasions, I am completely confident that it is the best experience anyone will ever have at a any restaurant. Some nights it is busy, and takes a little wait in the back bar to be seated. It is not a huge restaurant but does extremely well for its size. The best sushi in the world by far. If you are going there expecting simple sushi and california rolls with some spices, you are in for a surprize. I was so shocked and never knew that some of the food was even sushi, and not all of it was. They go way beyond sushi at Miya's and try really hard to please their customers. They have different flavors of sake, which is really hard to find anywhere and I have never seen that. Ginger soda's for non-alchoholics, Vegetarian foods that are actually edible, its obvious they try hard. The menu is huge and no one would be dissapointed no matter how long they had to wait on a saturday night. Wednesday night special is my favorite, with sooo much food like 10 courses for like 25 bucks or something. I never went home dissapointed. Ignore any bad comments people made about this place, there are none too make other than the usual business that great places sometimes have. College atmosphere is only loud there when its really late, like after 10pm on Weekends and that is because Yale is only a block away and those kids are smart and know great taste so they go to Miya's :-P
I moved to Japan and live here now near Kyoto- take it from me, there is no sushi like Miya's. Whenever I come home to CT I always stop by for great Sushi.
Went there for lunch. Miya wasn't there at the time, so his helpers prepared the sushi. His mom was there and made good tempura for us. The sushi creations were interesting, but in terms of fundamentals, the sushi was good, but not fantastic. I'm pretty old school when it comes to sushi: Fish should be super fresh, rice needs to have a good balance of flavor. I personally found all the 'creative' marinated fish distracting to the taste of good fresh fish. The fish itself was decent, but definitely not super fresh. They also didn't have a whole lot of variety of seafood, no hotategai, amaebi, mirugai, white tuna, bonito... In terms of environment, its quite casual, very suitable for the college town environment. To sum things up, its a good place if you want fusion food, but if you want traditional well-made sushi, this is probably not the place for you.
Having read the reviews on this restuarant, we made a reservation for saturday evening and made arrangements to travel 30 minutes North to New Haven. 90 minutes after our reservation we are still not seated and when we complain, the owner with a language full of profanities tells us that this is the price to be paid for his artistic food. We never got to taste the food so no comment but the ownership has no sense of service and is more in tune with creating an atmosphere for a collenge hangout tha running an eating establishment worthy of published reviews.
Sushi at Miya's Sushi is not like anything that one will experience anywhere else. It is something that you must chew slowly, savoring the experience long after the physical flavors are long gone. Chef Bun Lai has invented a menu that is like a time machine that takes one back and forth between traditional Japanese cuisine and a futuristic one that is both boldly original and playfully sentimental. Everything here is marvelous with flavors that are both traditionally simple, sweet and filling (Geisha's Purses - inari tofu pockets stuffed with eel and tempura fried) to insanely original to the point that it makes one wonder how the ingredients are working together but they do (Mishima Sonata - a roll of spicy chicken krill shrimp, almond butter, banana, goat cheese and honey fried in cornmeal). Miya's is remarkable migrant sushi, created by an visionary chef who seems to let himself immigrate through time and space. I cannot say enough about this great restaurant.
Miya's Sushi is the best restaurant in Connecticut
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 9/5/06
It is difficult to classify Miya Japanese Restaurant because it is not simply Japanese. Rather, it is the brainchild of daring virtuoso chef, Bun Lai, who has brilliantly developed a menu that is a finely tuned and beautiful piece of work. The cuisine is bold, sophisticated, intricate and dazzling. Here, when I started eating I could hardly stop. I was desperate to try everything. A sushi roll of chicken, shrimp and brie cheese with a lemon dill sauce was insanely delicious. Beer made from green tea, ginger and lemongrass was exraordinary. A cornmeal spoon bread of fresh ginger, sassafras root and caviar butter almost made me faint. Holy teriyaki goodness, this is as close to heaven as there is on earth.
I have never eaten food that has brought me so much joy. Miya's is the best of any cuisine, for certain the best japanese and the best sushi restaurant I have ever been to. Chef Bun Lai has has created a thing of stunning originality and ultimately achieves culinary beauty. Savor the magnificent flavors that is Miya where the food is the focus served in a dining room that feels more like your living room. Make sure to savor Chef Bun's homebrewed sake infusion's and put on your favorite song on their free juke-box! I just love this place. Genius has never been this cool.
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