Morimoto Omakase Questions
My wife and I will be going to Morimoto next weekend for our anniversary and we are probably going to do omakase. Between pregnancy and breastfeeding, my wife has not been able to have sushi (and some types of cooked seafood) for about a year and a half. Now that she has finished nursing, we figured this would be a good time to get back on the mercury bandwagon.
So here are my questions...
If we both do omakase, do we both get the same items for each course, or will they give us different items? We would prefer the latter so we get to try many different things.
Do they make "special" items for each course (as I believe a tasting menu should) or do they just choose things right off of the regular menu?
Can we make requests for certain dishes/items to be included/not included? I know that the purpose of omakase is to trust the chef, and while my wife loves sushi, she sometimes doesn't go for some of the more "exotic" raw items.
If we can request specific dishes, are there any we should not miss?
Obviously, we will discuss all of this with our server so we're all on the same page before we start, but I like to do my research ahead of time.
Just to follow up, this is how our evening went...
We each started with a glass of prosecco to toast our anniversary.
My wife was not feeling as adventurous, so she ordered the house salad, an eel/avocado roll (which was one of the best I've ever tasted) and the Chilean sea bass with black bean sauce. She enjoyed everything.
I ordered the $120 omakase (btw, the prices are still $80, $100, and $120) and here's what I got...
Toro tartare topped with scallions and osetra caviar.
Some type of oyster sampler (I think she said something that sounded like "feeney bay?" but I could not make it out even after I asked her to repeat it). There were three quarter-sized oysters, each topped with something different (japanese salsa, thai fish sauce, and ceviche).
Scallop carpaccio topped with ginger and warm oil (this was one of my favorite dishes).
Sashimi salad (not sure what type of fish it was and my server said she would ask the kitchen, but never got back to me on that)
A black vinegar "soda" intermezzo
Seared Wagyu Beef "sashimi" topped with cilantro oil and abalone.
Then, after all of that a sushi sampler that included medium toro, snapper, and 4 others I can't remember, but all were very good.
My dessert was a sweet potato cake accompanied by some type of cream and berry. My wife had the chocolate brownies that you dip in caramel and walnuts. The desserts were fine, but not memorable.
I must say that in the end I thought my omakase was well worth it. Most of the items were from the main menu (in some form) but they were the "high-end" items, so I can't complain about that. I would definitely do it again.
Thanks to all who replied.
re: Philly Ray
re: Philly Ray
That must be the default "starter" $120 omakase. They say that you never get the same omakase twice, so it would be interesting to go again and see what comes out.
The online menu ( http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/din... ) lists tuna tataki as part of the sashimi salad, so that could be it. Again, my server never got back to me on that.
There are different "grades", so you should get the most expensive kind. The less expensive kind tends to be more dull and doesn't use high-end ingredients.
1. They do offer special items (or preparation of special item on the menu)
2. I'm not sure...we didn't make such requests. But the servers are pretty friendly and I don't see why you shouldn't be able to. You're the customer and it's their job to adhere to what you want.
3. I think the special items they get is "seasonal" and the omakase is different each time. But if you can get it, the kobe beef we had was excellent. Because it was tasting menu, the portion was pretty small (size of 2-3 sashimi probably), but it was the best piece of beef I've ever had.
The omikase does include some items on the menu. Eg the tuna tartare. They bring out the food at the same time for everyone at the table for each course. When I have dined with friends who have not had the omikase before, they ask who has had it and how recently. As I go about twice a year there, they often have changed my items. They will also make substitutions if someone doesn't like or eat beef for example.
My gf and I went there and both got the omikase. I'd disagree w/the other response - I thought that having us both on the same 'schedule' worked better. We also split the accompanying drink menu.
They did ask us about our preferences, and if there was anything we didn't like. In our case, it came down to her not eating beef. So, there was one course where I had beef, and she had something else (I forget what). So you can definitely choose to have something excluded. We didn't ask for anything specific to be included, so I don't know how they would have reacted. All other courses were the same.
one of the best meals we've ever had. nothing was super exotic, but that doesn't meant that it won't be when you go.
re: Bob Loblaw
You make a valid point about the "schedule". However if you know going in that you will be sharing, then by ordering an omakase and off the sushi menu it's not a big deal. It's not as if you are eating while your partner is sitting there twiddling her thumbs.
My other recommendation is to not cheap out and order a low grade omakase. Definitely order on the high end. You won't be disappointed.
My personal recommendation is that one of you get the Omakase and the other orders something off the menu (a sushi/sashimi dinner, various rolls, etc). This way you can sample everything Morimoto has to offer.
As for what the Omakase consists of, they are "special" items and not items found on the menu.
You can let your server know what you really like and what you don't like/don't want and they will accommodate you.
You can expect to be there anywhere from 2-3 hours.
Enjoy, it is worth every penny.