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Jun 7, 2007 01:29 PM

japango omakase

hi everyone

i am going to japango for the first time this weekend for the omakase. I know it will be chef's choice, but should i be asking for anything special in particular?? Would appreciate any feedback from the regulars of japango :)

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  1. I didn't know there was omakase at Japango...

    1. I was there a week or so ago (first time), and the omakase was marvellous. Quite honestly, the item we're all still talking about is the very first thing - the oyster shooter. But everything we got was delicious.

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      1. re: Smalph

        i had read about the oyster shooter prior to going, and was not disappointed. it seemed like almost everyone in the restaurant was eating omakase when i went last month, and i too enjoyed it.

        does anyone know if the japango roll (maki) is any good? it wasn't part of our dinner, but the table near us ordered it after having what looked like a filling meal.

        1. re: auberginegal

          The japango roll is really good. I think it's the one where hey use a blowtorch to ever so slightly "broil" the fish that covers the outside of the roll. I've never had anything bad at Japango.
          Sorry to hear about the crummy attitude with those tourists. The servers and chefs always seemed so hospitable and generous the times I've been there.

      2. I was at japango for the omakase and honestly it was fairly disappointing. I think it's much better value to order a la carte, and it also wouldn't take 2 hours. It took almost an hour for the first course to come. We can get amazing sushi there and get completely stuffed for less than $100, but the omakase for two was more like $180. If we didn't have to wait forever maybe it wouldn't have been so painful. And I guess for $180 we might as well go to sushi kaji for a bit more for something that is much more amazing.

        Really interested to try sushi marche instead.

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        1. re: cutehinano

          I had a solo dinner at Japango a few weeks ago (just killing time while the subway was shut down), and the food and service was fine for me. But I will never go back because of the diabolical management. The place was extremely hot, and I can't understand why they didn't just turn on the AC. But my main gripe is this:, the place was completey empty except for me when a party of six arrived. They didn't have a reservation but it was only 6 p.m. and they were clutching a Google map, so I they were probably from out of town, had done some homework on Japango and were eager to experience the food. Sadly, in the typical Toronto tradition of mean spiritedness and failure to grasp the concept of "hospitality" they were not welcomed, not asked to sit for a while and have a cool drink on such a hot day (inside an even hotter room), instead they were curtly told that because they were 6 they'd have to spend a minimum of $40 per head. They were so taken aback by this full on demand for money they actually just stood speechless for a few minutes before shuffling out. I do hope they spent their money in a place that deserves it. I know Japango has a lot of fans, but if it leads to this kind of hubris then it's counterproductive for Hounds, and can you imagine what our foreign visitors are thinking? Last time I checked, a friendly welcome was free and could pay dividends. But I guess for some places it will always be "all about them".
          I am going to compile a list.....!!

          1. re: KitchenVoodoo

            i'm rather shocked with what you had witnessed....while i don't doubt a word i have never heard of them asking for a minimum expenditure based on number of persons.

            while i didn't ask for a table of 6 directly.... my sister and i did a late afternoon omakase and were charged the lunch price ($55) on our first visit there. since we started at about 5pm by the time my friends had given me a call about dinner options it was near 7:30 and we had just finished up. in my enthusiasm i noticed a table leaving/empty (i can't recall exactly) and asked if we could get a table for 4 more and then move ourselves over. they were quite easy going about doing it and moved us over to the new table of 6 once my friends had showed up and we were just finishing our dessert. for their entire meal the two of us just sat sipping beer and were never hasseled. it's one of the reasons why i thoroughly enjoy japango, they're always gracious to me.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              I have never had anything but great experiences at Japango. Love the omakase.

              1. re: acd123

                Except it can be hot in Japango in summer, everything else is great there with their price point.

              2. re: pinstripeprincess

                Agree about the gracious service, and I do love the food. But the minimum charge for 6 or more is for real, because that same evening I overheard the waitress taking a phone call from somebody who wanted to book for a group and the head sushi chef explicity told her to tell the customer there would be a minimum charge of $40 per person.

              3. re: KitchenVoodoo

                My experience at Japango was on a very busy night. They had run out of the wine hubby wanted. He (I'm sorry I don't know his name, though I venture PSP knows his almost as well as her own) he went immediately to the LCBO to accommodate us. Couldn't have been nicer.

              4. re: cutehinano

                had a PAINFUL experience at japango last week....keep in mind i've been there many times for their a la carte sushi (and LOVE it) the recomendations of this board we decided to splurge and spontaneously decided to hit japango for dinner & go for the omakase....well - 1 hour and 45 minutes into our meal we had received 3 course and asked how long until our next course. the waitress replied that our sushi course would be coming in 15 minutes (we'd alread been waiting about 20 since our last course)....for anyone who's been to japango, it is clearly not a restaurant condusive to a long, leisurely meal...the seats are brutal, no privacy as you're sitting on top of the tables beside that point we'd had enough -hungry, uncomfortable, really not at all wowed & worried about the dog that hadn't been fed (we didn't know our meal would take 4 hours)....we asked for the bill. well, the waitress handed us our bill for $190 (we had a little sake)....we had to go to the owner to explain we'd only had 3 courses. we ended up being charged about $90....and to be honest - i was so looking forward to the food and i really hate to say (because i love the sushi here) i was not blown away. every thing was tasty & fresh but nothing we hadn't had before....definitely not worth $70 pp.....i will go back but i would definitely stick to ordering off the menu.. this resaurant's size definitely inhibits it from being a place to enjoy a 7 course (plus dessert) menu. go but don't get the omakase unless you like a bruised ass & eavesdropped conversation.