I went with a couple of foodie friends, and we were thrilled to be seated at the center of the sushi bar where we could watch the Chefs prepare what can only be described as works of art! Although we ordered the 17 course tasting, Oya was generous enough to bring out a few bonus courses for us to try!
The meal started with lighter courses from the nigiri portion of the menu, and progressed gradually to sashimi, cooked dishes, and desserts. Although wine pairings were available, we asked our server to recommend sake and wine by the glass that would work well with several courses each.
Kumamoto Oyster, watermelon pearls, cucumber mignonette
Hamachi, spicy banana pepper mousse
Salmon Tataki, torched tomato, smoked salt, onion aioli
Warm Eel, thai basil, kabayaki, fresh kyoto sansho
Homemade Fingerling Potato Chip, burgundy truffle
Wild Santa Barbara Spot Prawn, garlic butter, white soy, preserved yuzu
Fried Kumamoto Oyster, yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles
Wild Bluefin Maguro, soy braised garlic, micro greens
Kyoto Style Enoki Mushrooms, garlic, soy
Shima Aji & Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, ceviche vinaigrette, cilantro
Scottish Salmon, spicy sesame ponzu, yuzu kosho, scallion oil
Hamachi, viet mignonette, thai basil, shallot
Bluefin Tuna Tataki, smoky pickled onion, truffle oil
Shiso Tempura with Grilled Lobster, charred tomato, ponzu aioli
Electric Eel, tamago, fois gras, kyoto sansho
Grilled Chanterelle and Shitake Mushroom Sashimi, rosemary garlic oil, sesame froth, soy
Kushiyaki of Strip Loin, roasted onion, yuzu kosho, maple soy sauce
Seared Petite Strip Loin, potato confit, sea salt, white truffle oil.
Fois Gras, balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp
Yuzu Curd, almond blackberry - jasmine, meringue
Warm Mochi Cake, soy gelato, coconut kaffir, blackberry
Passion Fruit - Mango, white chocolate - coconut - soy milk, lychee -shiso
Every dish we tried was phenomenal, even things such as eel and sea urchin which I wouldn’t normally order. The staff was attentive and friendly, checking in throughout our meal, and helping us make notes on our menus which they gave us to take home! Having been to Oya several times now and tried both the larger and smaller tasting menus, I will probably order the smaller when I return. I left feeling full but didn’t have trouble finishing like I have in the past.