Shoya – A Cornucopia of Flavors

I could wax poetic about the vast flavors, textures and the overall awesomeness that Shoya is, but I’ll keep it brief as this post has over 20 pictures and they speak for themselves…

Shoya is tucked away in a 1/2 vacant strip mall next to the Super H (also awesome) and behind a Brandsmart just off of 285

Shoya is tucked away in a 1/2 vacant strip mall next to the Super H (also awesome) and behind a Brandsmart just off of 285

Shoya’s menu is vast and is hard to decipher for first timers so I would recommend going with a veteran or letting their staff guide you along your journey. If you can, book a private room for 5 – 7 people and order stuff from every corner of the menu; yeah there’s a $150 minimum but that really won’t be a problem if you order correctly.

The private room at the back of the second level is the best in my opinion

The private room at the back of the second level is the best in my opinion, and yes they have sake on tap.

You may be tempted to just play it safe (relatively speaking) and stick to the sushi menu, but you will miss out on many wonderful offerings including the takoyaki, which is basically a fried octopus ball with BBQ sauce and mayo…sounds disgusting but it was amazing!

Takoyaki - you will want to order several of these

Takoyaki – you will want to order several of these

The dishes are all small plates and cheap, so don’t be afraid of over ordering here, it’s quite acceptable and encouraged. A good place to start your journey, and it’s somewhat tame, is with the skewer, or kushiyaki, section of the menu.

Pork Belly

Pork Belly

 

Scallop and bacon -each order comes with two pieces, so as you can see we really liked this one

Scallop and bacon -each order comes with two pieces, so as you can see we really liked this one

 

Bacon and tomato - be careful the tomato will be like molten lava on the inside

Bacon and tomato – be careful the tomato will be like molten lava on the inside

Next, venture to the seafood section and try things like the shrimp mayonnaise pizza style, which obviously doesn’t translate but it’s basically an Asian deep dish with shrimp, mushrooms and a bunch of tasty stuff holding it together; this was my favorite of the night!

Shrimp mayo pizza style - whatever you call it's damn tasty and quite beautiful!

Shrimp mayo pizza style – whatever you call it’s damn tasty and quite beautiful!

 

Cross section of said "pizza"

Cross section of said “pizza”

 

 

Baby bbq octopus

Baby bbq octopus

 

Grilled BBQ eel

Grilled BBQ eel

 

Scallop butter with mushrooms

Scallop butter with mushrooms

After we had our fill of sea creatures, it was time for some meat! This traditional gyoza bake was made with maple pork and vegetables; I had never seen it come this way, and while maybe a slight singed, it was still very tasty

Traditional gyoza, I think that's just what they say when I don't know what something is...

Traditional gyoza, I think that’s just what they say when I don’t know what something is…

 

Chicken Karaage - interesting colors and texture

Chicken Karaage – interesting colors and texture

We wrapped up the onslaught with a few light touches, and even though I said to venture away from the sushi, they do make the best tomago I or anyone else at the table has every had…

Egg tomago, so delicate and sweet; I would just order this for dessert next time

Egg tomago, so delicate and sweet; I would just order this for dessert next time

 

The uni was supposedly amazing so of course I had to order it...it's low cal right\?

The uni was supposedly amazing so of course I had to order it…it’s low cal right\?

 

Tuna w/ sticky fresh soy beans

Tuna w/ sticky fresh soy beans

 

Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen – you know it’s good one of the ingredients on the menu is “more”

 

Shrimp & veggie tempura...boring right?

Shrimp & veggie tempura…boring right?

 

Can't remember what this was called but it's not on the menu; it's basically a bunch of noodles, veggies, and seard tuna...it was just OK...I wouldn't waste my time here

Can’t remember what this was called but it’s not on the menu; it’s basically a bunch of noodles, veggies, and seard tuna…it was just OK…I wouldn’t waste my time here

We wrapped it all up with a shared order of the mango mocha ice cream which is in a rice cake; weird texture, but incredible taste once you get through the cake.

Mango mochi

Mango mochi

I realize this was an obscene amount of food, but to be fair there were 6 of us…so remember if you go, and you should, get a private room and invite 4 – 5 friends so you can explore the entire menu and get the full experience of, perhaps one of the best restaurants in Atlanta that hardly anyone ever talks about.

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2 thoughts on “Shoya – A Cornucopia of Flavors

  1. You may know but the pizza you mention is called okinomiyaki. Specialty out of Hiroshima (where they layer the ingredients) and Osaka (mixed up)

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