Growing up in Japan, I know what traditional sushi tastes like. If you want to stick with the traditional, conventional Japanese cuisine, Miya's is not for you. But, for curious people who don't mind exploring new things and are up for surprise, Miya's is the place to be. My first dining experience was wonderful despite the fact that we waited easy 30-40 minutes for the food to come after the order. Understandable with that type of busy place, and the amazing food made up for it. What I loved the most besides rolls was ginger! Will definitely be going back again for our treat =)
A unique sushi place to be sure! It is good quality food and great tasting! I like how the owner tries to make his business green and sustainable and he contributes to so many good causes in the community. This place can get busy, but it is worth standing in line.
I went there in Dec 22nd 2009 with my friend and tried their dinner course menu ($55/person) and some rolls. Unfortunately, that was the worst Japanese cousin I ever had in my entire life. Not that I had high expectation from the beginning (it is not Nobu or Morrimoto) but at least hope to get fresh and decent food.
First, the restaurant was full of fruit flies that interfered during our whole meal. Politely asked the waiter if he could do something with it but was said nothing they could do about it. Second, the dinner course menu (8 courses) was all put together once without instruction except the fried potatoe appetizer.
Rice of all the sushi and rolls was very hard and dry which at some point we stopped finishing the dishes.Besides one sashimi dish, rest of course dishes, I have to say those were just one tiny piece from all the different rolls. Untill the point, of course I didn't know that was it for the diiner course meal. After I found out it was, I was in total shock with my friend and din't know what to say after to the waiter.
Everything was cold and far from being fresh. Kimchi seasoned sushi wasn't tasty and far from the authentic Kimchi seasoning taste. Left $100 there for two and it was total waste. As a frequnt diner who knows about the restaurant business, first time I emailed the owner with complaints right after but didn't hear from him yet (the waiter suggested emailing him when I told him our dinner was very bad).
Still wondering how they can do business in this manner but guess it works to others who are not familiar with Japanese cousin.
From New Haven,
Where to start.. I am a sushi lover and Miya's is by far my favorite. No, this is not your typical sushi so I would not recommend looking for a California roll, however if you are looking for exceptional food and homemade sake this is a must. Go ahead order the sampler and ask your service person to be creative with your sushi, sit back and enjoy the unusual yet enticing selections. Is there a possibility you will have a wait.. yes but it is more than worth it (isn't any resaurant thats worth its weight). The ultraviolet sake is my favorite but have not had a bad one here. For the sheer creativity and combinations, Miya's is worth the drive, the walk, the wait and the price .
Creative sushi. Not a Japanese restaurant! Good things come to those who wait. Go in with patience and an open mind. All I can say is pumpkin miso, tokyo fries, sweet mothers milk, ebibaba(winner of the taste of the nation award), and some of the in house sake(dragon lady is my fav). If you want traditional Japanese...go to Japan!
Miyas is consistently rated one of the areas best restaurants, period. To really enjoy Miya's, you can't go in there expecting Japanese food. Anyone that knows anything about Miya's knows that is NOT what you will get, and anyone working there, including the owners, would be GLAD to sit and chat with you about their Japanese inspirations, but how their food is an evolution beyond the traditional. If hibachi and california rolls is your idea of an adventurous meal, Miya's is like a trip to Mars....a delicious trip to Mars.
To those who went there expecting Japanese food, you obviously did not do your homework at all. The owner of the restaurant will be the FIRST to tell you that his cuisine is NOT traditional Japanese. The menu even freely explains that the cuisine is a constantly evolving experiment. If you're going to eat at Miyas, you need to go in with an open mind.
And if you had to wait 90 minutes to get seated, that's usually not a sign that the food is bad. Sounds like the bad reviews of this restaurant are written by the non-adventurous types who's idea of edgy fusion is a Philadelphia roll.
i'm a vegetarian so when I saw how many veggie options they had, I was thrilled. The problem is twofold at this restaurant however. First, the food isn't all that good. I'll be the first to admit that when I roll sushi, it's not that great. This restaurant just barely did better then my own creations.
The other problem is how incredibly unorganized they can be. I can attest to the other writer who had to wait 90 minutes after making reservations. It's happended to me as well.
There are better sushi restaurants in New Haven. Not one is great but I would suggest Miso over Miya's.
Make sure you calculate the final bill: I was OVERCHARGED for THREE items in the bill. The prices for those three items were ambiguously hand-written and this led me to speculate that it was a deliberate act instead of a mistake.
While the food was unusual, the chef lost the essence of Japanese cuisine -- simplicity and freshness -- by using strong pigments. And the atmosphere and the dressing style of the waiter make me feel that I am in an exotic island restaurant instead of a Japanese restaurant. No sushi in Japan quite tastes like what is in Miya -- indeed I would not even call what they serve there sushi.
My friends and I go to Miyas all the time. We prefer vegetarian sushi, and while most places do not have many choices, Miyas has so many! Sometimes its hard to decide. I have never eaten anything at Miyas that was not delicious! Bun is a very creative and talented chef, and he is also a great guy. The whole staff is really cool. We always have a wonderful time when we visit Miyas. Sometimes there is a wait, but its well worth it. I suggest making reservations and also trying the Tokyo Fries, the Voompa roll and Seven Deadly Sushi (dessert). Amazing! There are plenty more menu items I love, too many to list! Also be sure to try one of the homemade sakes...they are awesome! I cannot wait til our next girls night at Miyas!
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