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Omakase Comparisons: Oishii, Sushi Cafe and O Ya*

GreyFloors | Jun 14, 201602:56 PM

BostonBestEats got this party started with his post about Cafe Sushi and his follow up video. We had eaten at O Ya through the years a number of times but that post got the terrific Cafe Sushi into our rotation as well (we had another fantastic omakase meal there this past Saturday). Given our love of both O Ya and Cafe Sushi we felt that it was time to give to give the omakase menu at Oishii a try.

We have always done a la carte in the past at Oishii and we are always amazed at how quickly the check adds (way!) up so, to be honest, the $150 price tag did not seem too steep given what we usually pay there (and the wine/sake pairing is $75).

Long story short - we were very disappointed. It was much more of a tasting menu (steak tartare, poached lobster, desserts) than a series of exquisite bites that you get at both Cafe Sushi and O Ya. Service was slow and the wine pairing was an insult to wine pairings everywhere.

Here is the full write of Oishii (with pictures - maybe it is what you you are looking for but it was not for us):

I recommend instead:

Cafe Sushi:
O Ya:

I really cannot pick a favorite between the two. They are different experiences and both are tremendous. I just feel lucky to live so close to both!!


*Truthfully we create our own "omakase" at O Ya (yes - I do know the definition of omakase :-)) and I have seen both omakase meals while dining at O Ya at neighboring tables (regular and grand - once they mistakenly slipped us the check of our neighbors who got the grand - yikes!) but we generally order around $100-125 pp of mainly the nigiri and sashimi and end up with a meal that is very similar in style and length to Cafe Sushi. For us - is the perfect way to experience O Ya. It keeps the price down (somewhat) and we get to eat exactly what we want to eat (no foie, tempura, beef etc). The omakase at Cafe Sushi is exactly what we are looking for - we would not change a thing.

Cafe Sushi,
O Ya,
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