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Thoughts on Omakase

THOUGHTS ON OMAKASE Omakase (お任せ o-makase?) is a Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it to you" and the expression is usually used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef.
"My long held suspicion about "omakase" came true as I had my third, good, but not great, omakase meal.

To the uninitiated, "omakase" refers to "chef's choice" and involves a custom menu designed and chosen by the head chef.

Its often exciting, novel, and showcases specialties you may not be aware of or have ever tried.

Some people like to say their favorite cuisine is "omakase." But like saying your favorite website is Google, that empty statement doesn't actually reveal anything or show any culinary sophistication, despite the price tags associated with such meals.

Ideally, I imagine "omakase" works best when you are a frequent diner known to the chef and he knows your likes and dislikes. Or if you're a first time…