Miya's

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Miya's Sushi
Bun Lai in Miyas.jpg
Chef Bun Lai
Restaurant information
Established 1982 (current location: 1990)
Current owner(s) Yoshiko Lai
Head chef Bun Lai
Food type Sustainable sushi
Dress code casual
Street address 68 Howe Street
City New Haven
State Connecticut
Postal/ZIP Code 06511-4622
Country United States
Website http://miyassushi.com

Coordinates: 41°18′35″N 72°56′07″W / 41.3098°N 72.9354°W / 41.3098; -72.9354

Miya's is a restaurant located in New Haven, Connecticut in the United States, and claims to be the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] The restaurant was founded by Yoshiko Lai, a Japanese nutritionist.[9] in 1982.

Cuisine[edit]

Apple wood smoked clam sushi is an example of wild ingredients that are collected on the restaurant's hundred acres of shellfish certified grounds, by the diving chefs and servers at Miya's.

In 1982, Miya's was the first sushi restaurant in Connecticut,[10] specializing in Kyushi-style recipes. With the creation of the sweet potato roll in 1995, Miya's began to create a plant-based sushi menu. By the late 1990's, 80% of the sushi menu at Miya's had been converted into a plant-based one,[11] and traditional sweetened white rice was replaced with a whole grain brown rice-based blend. Also in 2005, Miya's introduced its first invasive species menu featuring locally caught invasive species such as Asian shore crabs and European green crabs.[12]

Miya's has been featured in a wide range of publications including National Geographic,[13] The New York Times,[14] Prevention Magazine,[15] Eating Well Magazine,[16] Gourmet Magazine,[17] Outside Magazine,[12] Scientific American,[18] The Atlantic,[19] Food and Wine Magazine,[20] the New Yorker,[21] Popular Mechanics Magazine, [22] and Time Magazine, who described Miya's as "a pioneer in the sustainable food movement"[2]

Miya's Crickleberry Brie sushi features farmed crickets rather than seafood or livestock that is farmed in an ecologically destructive manner.
A popular dish that features invasive shore crab at Miya's.

Accolades[edit]

  • White House Champions of Change for Sustainable seafood [1]
  • James Beard Foundation.[23]
  • Top 10 Healthiest Restaurants in the U.S - Gourmet Magazine.[17]
  • Best of New England - Yankee Magazine.[24]
  • Best restaurants in Connecticut - Expert's Picks.[25]
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Award
  • Fish2Fork top three most sustainable seafood restaurants in the U.S.[26]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Miya's was lampooned on Saturday Night Live for its use of cicadas in its sushi.[27]
  • Miya's satirized by the Director of SpongeBob SquarePants.[28]
  • Miya's on Emmy nominated Good Food America.[29]
  • Miya's on ABC.[30]
  • Miya's chef Bun Lai on Food Network's Chopped.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Should I Eat Sushi?". Time.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Speakers - Pages - WWF". World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Harvard Design Magazine: Why Fight Them When We Can Eat Them?". Harvarddesignmagazine.org. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Shermans Travel - Page not found". Blog.shermanstravel.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  7. ^ "Jetsetting With Miya's Sushi Chef Bun Lai - Jetset Extra". Jetsetextra.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Miya's Sushi - INFONewHaven". Infonewhaven.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "White House Honors Miya's - New Haven Independent". Newhavenindependent.org. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Invasive species? This sushi chef rolls with it". Grist.org. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "PETA Prime: Can Vegetable Sushi Save the Planet? Becoming Enlightened in New Haven". Prime.peta.org. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  12. ^ a b Jacobsen, Rowan (24 March 2014). "The Invasivore's Dilemma". Outsideonline.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Lionfish and Friends: How Chefs Tackle Invasive Fish". Theplate.nationalgeographic.com. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  14. ^ Wallace, Hannah. "Safer Sushi". Tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "Meet The Sustainable Sushi Chef Who Also Lassoes Giant Jellyfish The Size Of Volkswagens". Prevention.com. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "Sushi Master Bun Lai's Sushi Recipes for the Future". Eatingwell.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  17. ^ a b "Epicurious – Recipes, Menu Ideas, Videos & Cooking Tips". Gourment.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  18. ^ Lai, Bun. "How (and Why) to Eat Invasive Species". Scientific American. 309 (3): 40–43. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0913-40. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  19. ^ Matsumoto, Nancy. "Have You Ever Tried to Eat a Feral Pig?". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Sustainable Seafood: The Good News". Foodandwine.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  21. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth (3 December 2012). "Alien Entrées". Newyorker.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  22. ^ "The Sushi Chef Turning Invasive Species Into Delicacies". Popularmechanics.com. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  23. ^ [1][dead link]
  24. ^ "Best Dining in Connecticut - 2015 Editors' Choice Awards - New England Today". Yankeemagazine.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Best Restaurants in Connecticut 2015: Experts' Picks". Connecticutmag.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  26. ^ "Miya's Sushi". Fish2fork.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. [dead link]
  27. ^ "This is how I roll - Miya's on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Lucky for me, my..." Bunlai.tumblr.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  28. ^ "Letters To Bun". Miyassushi.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  29. ^ "Bun Lai and Miya's Sushi on Good Food America". Chefnathanlyon.wordpress.com. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  30. ^ "Video: Miya's Crab Popcorn, Anyone?". ABC News. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  31. ^ "Game Show Newsnet - Chopped: Season 9". Gameshownewsnet.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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