Going to Orris tonight - What should I order?
I've heard so much about this place from all you fellow Chowhounders so I'm finally checking it out tonight.
I would go for the blackboard specials they put out on the sidewalk. So keep an open mind when heading there.
As for things to avoid, I skip desserts--only because I'd much rather get crepes from that little joint across the street a block down (in the "Tomato Bank" plaza).
I love this place. The owner and executive chef, Hideo Yamashiro, is masterful. He also owns Shiro's in Pasadena. I highly recommend that restaurant, as well. Back to Orris. Unless they've changed their policy, reservations aren't excepted, so try to go early if you can. I believe it opens at 5:30. Even on a weekday, I've seen lines to get in by 6:30. You can either sit at the bar (not a sushi bar) or at tables. Don't be surprised if you get into a coversation with the people sitting next to you. Tables are close together, but not communal. Like AquaW mentioned, reading the outside chalkboard for their specials is a good way to go. In the past, I have had some pretty amazing cuisine: crab and cucumber salad, albacore lettuce cups, squash blossoms, mousse shrimp ravioli, seared tuna sashimi, black cod, etc. They even have a version of fried chicken, small spicy bites. You're going to have a good time. Wish I was going with you.
We went a few weeks ago and really loved the Matsutake Mushroom Salad Special and the Miso Black Cod (I think one of the best in the city!)