With omakase, you enter into a contract. The word, which means, more or less, 'entrusting', is your way of saying to the itamae (sushi chef) that you're prepared to abandon any kind of ownership of your dinner. Which, if you're as much of a control freak as I am, is a terrifying prospect. But by using the magic word, I've had real adventures in two of the world's major sushi capitals: Tokyo and Los Angeles.For an explanation, see "Say the Magic Word at No Hana Sushi."
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Adventurous diners will want to know the magic word omakase: