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rafer madness Jan 19, 2007 04:53 PM

where are the best places in t.o. for omakase? i'm trying ematei this weekend, so i'll post after that, but where have you found to be the best places to go for omakase?

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    mickeyj Jan 20, 2007 05:39 PM

    Sushi Kaji, then Omi, then Japango. Each are at the top of their respective price categories.

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      rafer madness Jan 21, 2007 03:07 AM

      ematei was good for the value - $48/person. we had 9 different dishes, some great, some average. DELICIOUS baked oyster with sliced onion, delicate black cod! the sashimi and sushi were not bad...my girlfriend thought the fish was too chewy. i thought it was good. all in all, a good deal for 48 bucks...left completely stuffed. nothing mind blowing, but a very satisfying time

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        pinstripeprincess Jan 21, 2007 05:00 PM

        it's good that you enjoyed it, i wouldn't usually suggest ematei for their omakase just because they're more izakaya like and i personally think their cooked dishes are much better than the raw fish. always have the oysters ;) but never the butter crab as it's just surimi!

    2. cocoa Jan 20, 2007 04:01 AM

      Sushi Kaji is the absolute best!! Yes, it's pretty pricy, but wow!! You will be stuffed, and visually stimulated!! Every dish is a work of art.... There is another one at Newmarket called Sushi Ya. Quality is pretty good also, the price is much less, but the quantity is also much less compared to Sushi Kaji.

      1. s0memale Jan 20, 2007 03:06 AM

        My girlfriend and I have been on a search to find the best Omakase over the past month, and have pretty much been everywhere. The 2 that probably stand out most, are consistent with the rest of this tread, we would recommend Sushi Kaji first, then Omi second.

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          jcanncuk Jan 19, 2007 09:54 PM

          OMI! John Lee never disappoints. A great blend of his tried and true, fresh, and often new ideas (&fish!).

          1. Googs Jan 19, 2007 06:13 PM

            Omi. Very definitely Omi.

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              rafer madness Jan 19, 2007 06:32 PM

              how much is it at omi? i think japango is $65. kaji would be a lot....i think $100??

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                pinstripeprincess Jan 19, 2007 07:30 PM

                omi was $75 when i went and only marginally better in a unique effort type of sense than japango.

                i think it all depends on what you're expecting.... i've done the omakase at japango and i find that for my money's worth, i'd rather just order whatever i wanted and pay the bill afterwards. somehow it ends up cheaper... now the secret is knowing what special things you can request at japango that make the experience that much more interesting.

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                  DDD Jan 20, 2007 01:22 AM

                  "... now the secret is knowing what special things you can request at japango that make the experience that much more interesting".......Do tell princess

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                    pinstripeprincess Jan 20, 2007 09:07 PM

                    i don't know all the ins and outs of japango but one of my favourite things there is the codwrapper hand roll. the crispy and savoury really get me. i would have never known about this had i not ordered an omakase at japango. the one thing on their menu that i think has drastically fallen in my regard for it would be the tuna tartare that has been raved about. the portions have fallen significantly and the blend of tastes is growing out of balance.

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                      spigot Jan 21, 2007 11:03 PM

                      What's "codwrapper"?

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                        pinstripeprincess Jan 21, 2007 11:16 PM

                        sorry, i forget that it's not quite so self explanatory. it's a fish paste that is dried/fried into a thin sheet that is then used in place of nori for a handroll. so no nori... just more awesome fishiness.

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                          spigot Jan 22, 2007 02:16 AM

                          Thanks - I'll ask for it next time I'm there.

                2. re: rafer madness
                  dlw88 Jan 19, 2007 07:30 PM

                  Omi is probably somewhere in between these days. Really depends on the day. I've paid $45 and $85 on different visits. Ask for the alaskan salmon kiwi cup, as kiwis are now in season. One of my all-time favourite pieces at Omi. mmm....

                  1. re: rafer madness
                    Googs Jan 22, 2007 06:20 PM

                    The price of Omi fluctuates with the diner. Essentially they'll keep bringing dishes until you call it quits. There will be some dishes in common from table to table, but if you're ravenous you will get more and be sated by the time you're done. Unlike other places there is no fluctuation in quality of ingredients or preparation. Only the best all of the time. I prefer my suprises to come in the form of his dishes. Delightful. Hubby & I plan on spending $300 when we go, but often get away with about $225. We like to eat well, mind you, and usually he has white wine and I sake.

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                  acd123 Jan 19, 2007 05:44 PM

                  Japango on Elizabeth. In terms of value for $, this place is awesome.

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                    deelicious Jan 19, 2007 05:46 PM

                    true...but not quite the same.

                  2. deelicious Jan 19, 2007 05:07 PM

                    The absolute best in my experiences is Sushi Kaji. And I highly recommend the Takumi dinner.

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