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Does Japango do omakase at lunch?

sierramum Dec 18, 2006 12:16 AM

Or is it just a dinner thing? I've never had omakase before but have been wanting to for a while. After hearing wonderful things about Japango's omakase, I'm bound and determined to try it there before year end. However, going for dinner has proven to be a bit of a problem for me but lunch may be doable. Provided they offer omakase at that time, of course!

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  1. pinstripeprincess RE: sierramum Dec 18, 2006 01:54 PM

    yes they do, and fantastically enough it's also cheaper!

    i highly suggest making a reservation in advance as they'll have more time to put together a really great menu. i really love their cod wrapper hand rolls that you only seem to get with their omakase... although i've been ordering them on the side when i can.

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      sierramum RE: pinstripeprincess Dec 18, 2006 02:22 PM

      Thank you! Cheaper is always better ;-). And I'll take your advice and call in a reservation. Man, I can't wait!

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        deelicious RE: sierramum Dec 18, 2006 03:03 PM

        it really is awesome!

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        rafer madness RE: pinstripeprincess Dec 18, 2006 11:45 PM

        Just how cheaper are we talking? I was just quoted a price for the lunch omakase and was wondering what the usual dinner omakase costs?

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          zoohort2 RE: rafer madness Dec 19, 2006 01:56 AM

          I think I paid ~$60 or $65 for dinner...and it was worth every penny!!!!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!

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            sierramum RE: rafer madness Dec 19, 2006 03:31 AM

            From what I've read about them, I understand that the diner sets the cost for omakase? I mean, you tell the chef that you want to spend $60-$70 and he taylors the menu based on that? But I could be wrong. (I'll find out on Wednesday though!)

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              pinstripeprincess RE: rafer madness Dec 19, 2006 01:14 PM

              it can vary a lot, as with most traditional sushi joints they will let you haggle a price and then feed you accordingly. it all depends on what you want.

              the first time i had omakase at japango it was about 3 or so pm and they still considered us within the lunch time and charged us $55. we got a good selection of cooked and raw items and was quite pleased (chawan mushi, oyster shooters, good selection of sushi/sashimi, etc).

              then the next time i went it was for dinner and i didn't ask the price and assumed it would be similar... they repeated many of the cooked items but put in a lot of uni, unagi, toro, hamachi, etc and it cost us $75 a head. i think they noticed i was with my parents and so sized them up and decided to deluxe our entire meal.

              a separate time that i considered doing an omakase, i called about doing a purely raw set and they said it would cost anywhere between $80 - $95. i skipped the omakase, ordered up their deluxe sashimi, deluxe sushi, a whole bunch of their just newly arrived premium fish, cod wrapper roll, deep fried baby crab, etc and got away with paying about $65 per person and was ridiculously stuffed. i don't know if they could have done a much better job if we were ordering the same fish they probably would have served us. but one day i'll just have to put it to the test.

          2. aser RE: sierramum Dec 19, 2006 04:16 AM

            I was there for dinner several weeks ago and it was $65 for the omakase.

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              j6p RE: sierramum Dec 19, 2006 02:24 PM

              I was there last month, and it was $60 per head. It was very disappointing though. Super slow service, we must have waited half an hour between each course and the food was not that great. Seems like they just threw together whatever odds and ends they had. No oyster, no uni, nothing special. And the nigiri and sashimi was the same types of fish just one plate with rice and one without. I don't think I'll be back. I don't see what the hype is all about.

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                Cheech5001 RE: j6p Dec 19, 2006 02:31 PM

                I am sorry to hear you had this experience! I assure you it is in no way the norm.
                I am a regular at Japango, and have never had anything but excellent experiences!

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                cutehinano RE: sierramum Dec 20, 2006 12:41 AM

                Last time we were at Japango the service was insanely slow as well, and the rolls we ordered were not as good as before. Seemed really sloppy and it was a weeknight and they weren't really busy. It was really disappointing and we haven't been back since. We had been there for their omakase a few times before and enjoyed it, so it was really disappointing because we don't want to go back anymore.

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                  j6p RE: cutehinano Dec 20, 2006 02:33 PM

                  that's exactly what i'm talking about. I was also friend of the house, don't know why it was so bad

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                    cutehinano RE: cutehinano Jan 22, 2007 06:56 PM

                    I am happy to say that I have been back to japango twice since my post, and both times were excellent. Didn't get the omakase but got the deluxe sushi dinner and a bunch of rolls. The service was ok, and the fish was amazing. I'm glad that we can go back there again!

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