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What is Omakase?

"Omakase" is a Japanese term that translates to "I'll leave it up to you", where "you" refers to the sushi chef/master. When you sit down for an omakase (usually at the restaurant's sushi bar), you are entrusting the chef to hand craft you fresh and innovative bites of sushi. The sushi bar is the place to be for an omakase, as it's often viewed as a culinary performance. They say you eat with your eyes, and watching the sushi chef masterfully display their skills they've been honing for 20, 30, 40 years, makes the food that much more appetizing. 

Is Omakase for you?

Some restaurants are Omakase-only, but many offer an a la carte menu as well. To help you decide if you should take the gamble, I'll list out some things to expect during an Omakase meal.

Give omakase a try if...

Omakase might not be for you if...

  • You're open to trying new pieces of fish.

  • You're willing to take your time and would enjoy a meal that can range between 1-2.5 hours.

  • You don't mind socializing with the chef.

  • You're hungry! 

  • You like surprises and don't mind a blind tasting menu.

  • You don't mind splurging a bit for an amazing culinary experience.

  • You're a picky eater.

  • You're in a hurry or have somewhere to be.

  • You'd like more privacy or don't feel like having your conversation interrupted.

  • You don't have a big appetite or you'd prefer to control the amount of sushi you'll order.

  • You like to know what you're going to be served.

  • You're a sushi-lover on a budget.

Overall, Omakase is a truly elevated culinary experience that can be a once in a lifetime meal,  a special occasion tradition, or a weekly night-out treat. There are all kinds of Omakases: some that are shorter, some that are less expensive, and some that cater to your own personal affinities and aversions. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us and we can help find the perfect Omakase for you.

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