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“best of the best in shanghai”
Review of Sushi Oyama

Sushi Oyama
Ranked #200 of 17,076 Restaurants in Shanghai
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Former French Concession
Reviewed 16 September 2013

i have come here often, esp on our wedding anniversery we always spend them here. i love oyama san sushi and talking to oyama san himself. his ika sushi and bonda ebi are the best and make sure you book ahead. my suggestion 2 weeks ahead since they usually fully booked.
also i have been to a few places with omakase from indonesia and shanghai and so far this one is the best and worth every penny. oh also try the sake , i love how they let you choose your own sake glass, very unique.

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Thank ay12
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

This place is located in the same mansion as Elefante ( former El Willy place), on the second floor, which makes this place quite private. As the place is really small you feel dinning in someone house. Which can be nice and can give a really feeling of intimacy. We were installed just right at the entrance on the corner of the sushi counter (around 10 seat), I was just in the corridor from the kitchen and back to the main entrance. The place is really small and how we were installed was just uncomfortable. There is not many space between every customers. We didn't get the chance to changed our place, as all the guest are arriving within the same timing, the place was quickly pack. Honestly for a romantic dinner pass your way.

The food.
The service here is omakase , an unique menu, with a unique price . Even if it's unique menu, a written menu would be nice at least just to follow what they are serving...also because it seems that we have taste probably half less sushi than other guest... Strange in a place that suppose to have a unique menu...

The food was really good, probably some of the best sushi /sashimi in town. With a nice presentation as you can expected in such can of high end japanese restaurant.

The service:
That's the hard point....

As we were quite discreet, The attention were more focus on the noisy customers ( a group of deep pockets expat) + an other couple. When you are coming to such kind of place with a unique menu, you already know that your neighbor will also pay a consequent bill at the end of the dinner, so it's always absolutely incredible to see people do not respect other guest in such place...
Oyama San was completely run over by this group, the result was a strong lack of attention to the others guest by spending more time to 'ganbei' with those people and making for them some special sushi which we do not have the privilege to try... Probably half more than us, for a place where you are supposed to have a unique dinner at a unique price it's kind of strange....
For us we got a small omakase menu, for them it was an 'all you can eat' buffet....

OR you do a private party, and do not accepted other guest.
OR your treat all your guest with the same attention.

There was a strong lack of customers management especially when you just have 10 person in front of you you have to tryed to pay enough attention to each of your guest. casual atmosphere is good but here it was not casual, just not manage at all!

We came to Sushi Oyama, to celebrate the birthday of my wife, which should have been an exceptionnal moment.... and, finally, we got the feeling, that we were no-invited guests to a private dinner. Because of a strong lack of management.
If you go to high end Japanese restaurant, you are expecting the best Japanese food which was the case, but it should be also about the best from Japan, service, attention to customer, which was not!.

Unfortunately at this kind of price, you can have almost all the choice you want here in shanghai. Even if it's probably one of the best sushi in shanghai. I don't know why I should come again to spend so much money (3000 rmb for two), to try it again,... Even after one day after visiting sushi oyama, I have a strong sour feeling about this experience.

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7  Thank Sabias
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Book ahead. There are about 12 seats at the bar, and they fill up quickly. If you can get a reservation, you'll be in for a treat. This is a true sushi experience with amazingly fresh fish. Ask the chef about the caligraphy behind the bar (he did it and will tell you what it means) and the beautiful Japanese impressionist pictures of squid and fish on the walls. Attentive service from the staff who will keep your saki cup full. Extremely pricey for Shanghai but so worth it!

Thank lemonzestlife
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

It is not cheap, but for a special occasion definitely one of the best places to go. You sit at a bar around the place where oyama-san is preparing the food, and every bite was amazing. All the food was super fresh! and I love it that there is no menu, so you get to taste some things you normally would not order.

Thank Ingrid K
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We are regulars at Sushi Oyama and we have become so spoiled by the quality, freshness, flavors and gentle touches of the food and service. All other Japanese restaurants to which we go are now somehow measured against how Chef Oyama would do it !

Service is Omakase - you are in his hands - and the thrills just accumulate over the evening. The starters are amazing - the fish and rice are always at just the right temperature for the full expression of the flavor of the fish and the mouthfeel that accompanies it. Whether it's uni or engawa or giant clam or mackerel: all is good. Try the monkfish liver: it's to die for !!

Chef Oyama does such a great job with sprinklings of yuzu, ginger, vinegars - there always seems to be that extra dose of flavor and texture and creativity and "oh my God, whatever you do, don't stop now . . . . . !"

The sake selection is magnificently to the point. So are the staff - whose caring, gentle touches and vicious senses of humor make the show even greater.

How do you do it, Chef-san?

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Thank FrankWR
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