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.