I really love Miya's. It's a go-to spot for quick, delicious, unusual meals. It's also a cozy, welcoming spot for a date or for a larger group of people. While sushi for vegans normally consists of avocado or cucumber rolls, at Miya's, you get dozens of more interesting options (which I'll detail below---indeed, the owner proudly proclaims that he offers the largest vegetarian sushi menu in the world, and he's right). Miya's takes risks and should be applauded for doing so. Moreover, there's no other place on the planet like Miya's and I'll miss it when I leave New Haven.
Given the myriad choices, what's good to order? Well, I'd start off with the "simple" rolls:
-the curried cauliflower
-the spicy eggplant, all of which are $3.50, and you get 8 pieces with each
-The "killer squid" (which is made with fried udon noodles; $8.75) is also excellent
-Charlie Chan Ching Chong (broccoli, roasted garlic, and black beans, $6.75)
Where Miya's goes wrong is its sweet rolls. There's a lot of them on the menu, and most are made with sweet potato, coconut and other fruits. They sound tasty in theory, but in reality they end up being too sweet. Sugary, really. The "Kiss the smiling piggy" is an example of the sweetness gone wrong.
I also was not a fan of any of their sake cocktails. I tried a couple: one made with chili peppers (the "immigrant cocktail"), and another sweet one, the "kama sutra." Again, both are risky drinks (chili peppers in a cocktail!) but both are difficult to take more than a few sips of. The immigrant cocktail is just too spicy (even for this reviewer, who grew up eating spicy Indian food), and the kama sutra is just too sweet.
The service here is always friendly and knowledgeable about what's vegan or can be made vegan.
Expect long waits for a table during peak times (Thursday-Saturday after 6 p.m.), and sometimes expect long waits for your food as well---we once waited nearly 90 minutes for our order to arrive. Our server graciously gave us a free larger appetizer to hold us over, but that was still a ridiculously long wait.
Miya's doesn't have any vegan desserts per se (unless you count their sweet sushi rolls as dessert), so it would be nice to see some coconut green tea ice cream, for example, or some kind of concoction with tea and fruit. For a creative restaurant like this, it seems a shame that they don't have any creative vegan desserts.
All that said, I still love Miya's and recommend it to pretty much anyone.