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’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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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…
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.
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.