Monday, October 20, 2014

MIYA Sushi & Asian Cusine in Downtown Lowell

The Mo and I had plans to meet up with friends for a few drinks in Downtown Lowell.  They were running late so we decide to grab a quick dinner at a downtown eatery.  The "Grand Opening 10% discount" sign above the new MIYA restaurant caught my attention. I'm always in to try a new restaurant and definitely a fan of deals!  The new Sushi/Asian restaurant is in the location of the former Etsogo restaurant on Merrimack street.  (Etsogo moved to a new location in Dracut, MA)

We arrived  a little after 6 PM on a Friday night and the restaurant was empty.  I thought, "Oh boy this doesn't look good." (When we left, there were more diners that trickled in! I guess no one cool eats in DTL at 6 PM!)

The servers were very eager to please as we were the only diners.  The restaurant had a complete makeover and it definitely looked a new establishment.  There were no reminisce of the old Burger King, where I use to frequent circa  1998.

The restaurant doesn't have a full liquor license so we imbibed on Japanese beer and a few glasses of Pino Grigio.  Prices for the drinks were great.

I wanted to order my "go to" pepper tuna tataki but I wanted to try something new. We went with the white tuna carpaccio, it was just OK.

White Tuna Carpaccio $ 8.25
My FAVORITE dish was the Volcano Soft Shell crab.  It was absolutely amazing! The menu describes it as deep fried snow shell crab topped with spicy snow crab and ponzu sauce.  The crispy battered crab was a great contrast to the smooth silky snow crab meat and fish eggs,  My mouth is watering now as I am reliving the moment as I type.

Volcano Soft Shell Crab $ 9.95
The dish was so good, that I had to take a couple more pictures of it.

The Mo is a huge fan of unagi (eel) so we wanted to try the Unadon which was broiled eel over a bed of sushi rice served with seaweed salad.  He loved the dish and ate every bite of it.

Unadon $ 16.95
In addition to the Japanese menu offerings, the restaurant also serves Malaysian, Thai, and Chinese cuisine.  The street vendor style calamari intrigued me so we got an order.  The fried battered calamari was topped with minced pork and scallion.  The dish was tasty and a little different that what we were used to.

Street Vendor Style Calamari $ 11.95
 Our bill came and it was around $ 60.00 for 4 drinks, 2 apps and 2 entrees.  What a steal! We'll definitely be back!

16 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852