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Nov 8, 2001 12:50 PM

Any restaurants offering omakase in DC?

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I'm dreaming of Vancouver, as I often do. Truly a dining paradise, and I'm thinking specifically of Tojo's. Do any DC-area Japanese restaurants let you put yourself into the chef's hands?

Yes, you could just sit at the sushi bar or ask the waiter to bring out the chef's latest creations, but I prefer pre-set price points (Tojo's are $50, $75, $100, and $100+, plus $55 for vegetarian) over being rendered speechless when the bill arrives. :-)

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  1. I'm not sure, but my impression is that Makato does this. I am going there tonight, and will let you know for sure tomorrow.

    1. Kaz sushi bistro, 1915 I St NW, DC. Call ahead and make sure Kaz is working when you want to go. I don't think you will be disapointed.

      1. Makoto defintely does omakase; I was there last night--the place is tiny, but the chef (who runs the place as a hobby, apparently) does a great omakase. You have little input into the meal: you can choose what type of sushi you'll get ('normal', fatty tuna, or salmon), and what type of noodles (seaweed, natto, or something else), but that's about it. Cost is around $45 (extra if you choose fancy sushi options). Chairs are not the most comfortable I've sat on, but it's a wonderful experience.

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        1. re: James

          How is Makoto for a non-adventurous diner? I'll try anything once, but my husband... well, it's a culinarily mixed marriage. :-)

          1. re: coastcat

            I am not sure that a non-adventurous diner would love Makoto as I did, as the chef has a reputation for inflexibility. However, a (Japanese-speaking) friend with an allergy to shellfish went there several times and was accommodated. Perhaps they would do the same for you, as long as you're not completely unwilling to try something new (and in my experience there, nothing was 'exotic' enough to be unapproachable).

            1. re: James

              May I just point out that my husband is the cautious diner, not me? :-) His idea of wild and exotic dining is pad Thai or yakitori, so maybe we'd better skip Makoto... (but perhaps I'll try it solo someday)

              Thanks for the info.