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Oct 29, 2006 11:12 PM

Need advice from AZAMI SUSHI fans!

Hi All,

I'll be taking some family out to Azami Sushi (Melrose) for their great sushi very soon. It will be our first time...

The only problem is, we have to go for lunch, not dinner, due to time constraints. Originally I thought we would have Azami's OMAKASE, because I have heard nothing but raves about it, BUT:

A) I don't know if they serve their omakase during lunchtime; and

B) Even if they did, I don't know if I'd be able to handle 11 COURSES in the middle of the day like that.

ANY ADVICE? What would YOU order instead? I have heard particularly good things about their lobster rolls and crab rolls.

Thanks for your tips!!

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  1. From my experience, "omakase" can be adjusted to suit you; this means "chef's choice," but it need not be one fixed menu for all. Since I SO trust the wonderfully skilled chefs at Azami to select for you a special lunch, discuss with them your preferences (likes, dislikes, quantity, price-point (reasonable for that sushi bar might be $35-$40/pp for lunch) and see if they are able to meet you. I really think that they know their fish best -- what they have, what you might like for lunch, etc., so it is a treat for you and a compliment to them to just let them serve you. You will find them very friendly...perhaps you could even call ahead -- not at peak hours -- and discuss your concerns with them.

    Yes, the lobster cut roll is delicious!

    2 Replies
    1. re: liu

      Liu: Thanks!! That's great that they can adjust to your likes and budget. I always love to give the artists (chefs) some freedom to create.


      1. re: Liquid Sky

        Liquid Sky - Please let me know how flexible they are with you. I'd also love to hear if they do it with a sincere smile -- as I really think they will!


    2. Liquid Sky -- You should definitely call ahead or drop in and talk to the Nikki, one of the chef/owners. I'm sure she'll hook you up; she seems genuinely happy when people want omakase, and she usually has enough help to handle one large party at lunch. Also, I've gotten omakase at lunch the last few times I've been there. Each time, it came out to around $40-50 per person.
      (By the way, your handle is the title of one of my favorite cult sci-fi movies from the 80s.)

      1. I'm pretty sure they'll do omakase for lunch (even for tables, but much preferred to sit @ the bar, so call ahead & reserve.)'

        And if you request a split order (one piece per course), an 11-course will be satisfying w/o overfilling (and you can always ask for more) ~ should be around $40.


        1. Maitake tempura is a must, and any of the carpaccios are great. Their spicy tuna rolls are by far the best I've ever had--the rice is amazing! It's really hard to go wrong with anything they suggest to ya.

          1. Had Omakase there at lunch last week it was fantastic. I actually prefer doing it at lunch since they can get pretty slammed sometimes at dinner.