07/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Even among the McDonalds and the Dunkin Donuts and the other tourist-trap chains, the Chinatown area manages to maintain quite a bit of class on the western side of 7th St. Slightly unassuming on the outside, the inside of Oya is plush, chic and very on the Miami glamor side. It may look like a lounge and may certainly feel more like one once the happy hour time hits, but Oya serves great food as well. I'm a fan of their lunch and dinner pre-fixe specials, where for $19 (lunch) or $29 (dinner) you get a choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert. The food has an Asian influence with a lot of seafood dishes; think curried sea bass spring rolls and scallop pad thai. The portions aren't large but definitely satisfy - the sea bass spring rolls, for instance, are packed with sauteed vegetables and plenty of sea bass and are complimented with a small noodle salad and sweet soy glaze. Desserts are also single-portioned but also dense: their banana bread pudding really bursts with banana flavor and is sticky sweet; their molten chocolate cake is thick in both the cake and the soft chocolate in the middle. If you plan to go here to schmooze and mingle in your best finery, maybe avoid a full meal and just go sharezies on sushi (which I hear is excellent). But come for lunch when the wait is short and take advantage of their good, filling offerings.