Ocean to Table Sushi that Is Seriously out of this World! Miya’s Sushi – New Haven, CT

12 Nov

Our fascination with Miya’s Sushi and Chef Bun Lai began when we had our first bites of their sushi at The Whole Hog fundraiser for Wholesome Wave.  Bun’s uniquely awesome personality really came through when he talked to us about harvesting his own seaweed and how everything in the sushi roll was made.  We could tell that he had a deep passion for food and keeping things local, which is exactly what made us want to travel into New Haven to check out Miya’s.

It was finally when we were contacted about Bun Lai and Miya’s Sushi being on a new TV show that we got our butts in gear and headed out to New Haven. Plus, it was the perfect place to celebrate Dan’s birthday! We know that New Haven can seem so far away, especially when you’re in the western part of CT, but it’s really worth the trip!

As we sat down, we learned from our waitress about some basics of Miya’s.  First off, she told us that the staff are trained divers and they were going on a diving trip the following day to get seafood for their rolls and dishes.  The DIY philosophy also comes through when they served us their homemade low sodium soy sauce and their homemade ginger that is just de-vine.

Our strategy was to order lots and lots of rolls so that we could try as many flavors and combinations as possible.  This worked out well because most rolls were sliced into four slices, not an overwhelming amount at all.  We also HAD to order a few drinks because they were so incredibly unique. And, despite all the food and drinks that we ordered, we still ended up spending a bit less than we would at other “comparable” sushi joints.  We say comparable because, well, it’s hard to compare anything to Miya’s anymore after eating there.  Dan felt very zen, so he allowed his poetic side to reign and compose haikus (5-7-5 syllables) for each roll.

Firecracker Sake and Bonobo Juice

Sake with pepper,

not too sweet or too spicy,

chilled and refreshing

Infused at Miya’s Sushi, this drink was served with a pepper, taunting you in the glass.  It was definitely spicy, but not overpowering at all.  It was slightly sweet and had a slight honey and lemon taste.  Look, we have never liked sake, but we’d drink these all the time.  They serve this room temp, but it’s still refreshing.  The Bonobo Juice was just like the Firecracker, but colder, bubbly, and very refreshing.

Italian Stallion and Kiss the Smiling Piggie

Kiss the Smiling Piggie:  Sweet potato, apple chutney, pine nuts, and wasabi

Fried sweet potato,

the crunch of the pignola:

a beautiful start

The sweet potato (don’t forget that Bun Lai created sweet potato rolls) was great while the pignola (pine nuts) added a crunch and a nice texture.

Italian Stallion:  Calamari (purse seine net, RI, Seafood Watch – Best Choice), marscapone cheese, pistachios, and orange marmalade

Divine marscapone,

the citrusy marmelade,

fresh calamari.

They come together

in a zen-like unison:

Buddha awakens.

Warm Grapes Falling on a Happy Head:  A grape leaf wrapped roll of eggplant, avocado, pickled radish, scallions, and hot pepper. Drizzled  with olive oil.

Grape leaves gathered round,

so delicate and crunchy.

Dolmas on a roll.

Delicate, slight crunch.  Like eating a grape leave.  Wow.

The Roll of Milk + Honey and Howe Street Block

Howe Street Block:  Falafel, avocado, and asparagus, topped with roasted eggplant, and wilted greens, drizzled with champagne tahini

Spicy falafel,

creamy champagne tahini

and avocado.

Eggplant, sliced so thin,

asparagus adding bite:

tribute to Mamoun’s.

There was a zestiness to the falafel.  A bit spicy.  The tahini is amazing and added a creaminess to the dish alongside the avocado.  The asparagus added crunch.  The eggplant, sliced so thin, acted as the roll wrapper.

The Roll of Milk + Honey:  Figs, dates, raisins, goat cheese, roasted barley, pomegranate, cinnamon, spicy red pepper, honey, pistachio, extra virgin olive oil, falafel

The fig comes alive,

pistachios give contrast.

Ah, pomegranate.

The fig is flavor forward.  The pistachios give a nice contrast.  You get hints of pomegranate, too.

Kwanza Banaza:  A coconut covered roll of fried catfish (farmed, Mississippi, Seafood Watch – Best Choice), sweet potato, avocado, cream cheese, papaya, burdock, hot sauce (of course)

Burdock, so subtle.

Catfish, cooked so perfectly.

Weird, but oh so great.

The burdock is very subtle and has a similar consistency to okra.  The catfish was cooked perfectly.  Totally weird roll, but totally works.

Black-eyed Squid:  Longfin squid (wild, purse seine net, RI, Seafood Watch – Best Choice) and broccoli rolled in grains, simmered in fruity Spanish white wine (Moscatal de Valecia) and seafood stock, then tossed in squid ink

Squid ink:  black as night.

Overpowering at first,

flavors then settle.

Fresh calamari,

tempura fried brocoli,

alive with soy sauce.

At first, the squid ink seems overpowering.  Soon, it settles down, then you get the smooth calamari and the tempura fried brocoli.  The roll comes alive and explodes with some of their homemade soy sauce.

Seven Deadly Sushi:  A sinfully delicious roll of banana, peanut butter, strawberries, chocolate, and homemade, hand-pounded mochi, topped with baby scoops of rose petal ice cream – eaten in one bite using your fingers

Warm and so gooey,

fruit, pbj, chocolate.

Rose petal ice cream.

The base of this dessert was warm and gooey.  The ice cream is delicate.  The fruit, chocolate, and pbj are amazing together.

Miya’s Sushi

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$$

Address: 68 Howe Street

New Haven, CT

Phone: (203) 777-9760

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8 Responses to “Ocean to Table Sushi that Is Seriously out of this World! Miya’s Sushi – New Haven, CT”

  1. shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl November 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Wow, amazing photos! I’ve walked by a number of times, but never had the experience of eating there.


  2. RK November 13, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Miya’s is amazing!


  3. Paul Bryant-Smith November 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    This is a great review. I loved the haiku. While I’m not up for a “payday treat” restaurant at the moment, I’ve put Miya’s on my list of places to consider for a special evening.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro November 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks Paul…about the review and the haiku. Oh, that rhymed, too. Wow. :P

      So, the price could be anywhere between $$-$$$ depending on what and how much you order. It’s definitely cheaper than most sushi places that are around Fairfield County which is pretty crazy.

      Definitely, when you’ve got a special time ahead, check them out. :)



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