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]

Cuisine[edit]

Apple wood smoked clam sushi

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 Crickleberry Brie sushi
A popular dish that features invasive shore crab at Miya's.

Reception and awards[edit]

  • White House Champions of Change for Sustainable seafood[1]
  • James Beard Foundation[13][14]
  • Best of New England - Yankee Magazine[15]
  • Best restaurants in Connecticut - Expert's Picks[16]
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Award[17] and 2011 Seafood Ambassador Award[18]
  • Fish2Fork top 10 most sustainable seafood restaurants in the U.S.[18]
  • Elm Ivy Award 2010.[18]
  • Key to the City of New Haven.[18]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Miya's was lampooned on Saturday Night Live for its use of cicadas in its sushi.[19]
  • Miya's appeared on Good Food America.[20]
  • Miya's chef Bun Lai appeared as a contentant on Food Network's Chopped.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  2. ^ "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. ^ Jacobsen, Rowan (24 March 2014). "The Invasivore's Dilemma". Outsideonline.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "James Beard Foundation". 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "JBF 2013 Semifinalists" (PDF). 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  15. ^ "Best Dining in Connecticut - 2015 Editors' Choice Awards - New England Today". Yankeemagazine.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "Best Restaurants in Connecticut 2015: Experts' Picks". Connecticutmag.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "Blue Ribbon Task Force". Seafoodwatch.org. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  18. ^ a b c d "HuffPost's Greatest Person of the Day: Bun Lai, Chef and Sustainable Sushi Guru". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "This is how I roll - Miya's on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Lucky for me, my..." Bunlai.tumblr.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Bun Lai and Miya's Sushi on Good Food America". Chefnathanlyon.wordpress.com. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  21. ^ "Game Show Newsnet - Chopped: Season 9". Gameshownewsnet.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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