Word Of The Day: Omakase

What is omakase? It's up to you. No, we're being serious, the Japanese translation of this most coveted of sushi experiences literally means "I trust the chef." When ordering omakase, a meal of up to a dozen courses of beautifully presented sashimi, sushi, appetizers, small plates, entrees and desserts, there are some things to keep in mind:

  1. This will be a pricey meal, and it should be. You're getting the best of the best. Any omakase worth its soy sauce starts around $80. Yes, per person.
  2. The chef will be wooing you with his highest-quality and most impressive dishes, so the picky, wary and non-fish-eating need not apply.
  3. Even seasoned sushi fans may find exotic items on this tasting menu they haven't seen before — chefs' authentic Japanese specialties and delicacies like sea urchin, monkfish liver, jellyfish and sea cucumber. Delicious.