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Dos and Don'ts of Sushi Zo Omakase?

This weekend for my boyfriend's birthday I'm treating him to our first omakase experience. Several of the threads on Sushi Zo omakase have been fairly daunting... DON'T use the soy sauce, DO treat the sushi chef to a glass of sake, DON'T request a specific sushi unless asked, DO ask for a shot of yuzu juice at the end of the meal. The reservation is set for the bar at Sushi Zo and now all I need is a crash course in proper omakase etiquette! Help me out, chowhounders!

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  1. just go, relax, follow the chef's instructions as to how to eat his food, and have a good time. Don't let them rush you, don't even pour soy sauce when you sit (this will let him know you're a serious sushi person) Use the chopstick rest (I forget which way they're supposed to point, but he'll be OK, most people don't know) Remember, you are to keep your hot towel ubless they take it back. Eat nigiri and rolls with your hand, tipping the top (fish side) of the nigiri into soy sauce if he tells you to add it. Fingers are traditional for nigiri and rolls, chopsticks for sashimi and cooked dishes.

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    1. re: Diana

      there are no cooked dishes at zo unless you count the monkfish liver as cooked.

      you will not need to ask for the yuzu juice, they will bring it to you at the end of your meal.

      the major 'don'ts' are posted--the main one being not to talk on your cell phone in the restaurant.

      the sushi chef will tell you whether or not to put soy sauce on each piece of fish.

      imho the soy sauce and ginger served at zo's does taste much better than that served at other sushi bars.

      get ready to have a sublime experience. an omakase dinner at sushi zo, is imho, one of the finer things in life.

      sushi zo has ruined me for all the others. . . . .

      1. re: westsidegal

        well, they bake the butterfish nigiri as well........

        =)

        1. re: wilafur

          i wouldn't call briefly passing a blowtorch over the butterfish 'baking.'
          to me, 'baking' involves an oven.

            1. re: wilafur

              no, not really. Baking invovles an oven of some sort. The torch thing could be called "torching" or "searing" in a stretch.

              1. re: Diana

                i guess offbeat humor doesn't register with you.

    2. you forgot the most important DO:

      chill and have a fun time

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      1. re: wilafur

        ditto to wilafur's comment.

        These hardcore itamaes are trying to uphold the traditions of their culture and cuisine. Just be mindful and you will be treated well.

        Kinda like going to a 3 star in Paris. You conform and accept the norms and not act like an idiot. Try telling the restaurant you only want to eat with a chopstick or insist on having the filet mignon cooked super well done and see what happens....

        1. re: Sgee

          Zo is defintely not on par with 3 star in Paris. And I find all the 3 star restaurants in Paris very courteous and accommodating with requests. They do not get their stars for attitude.

        2. re: wilafur

          Yes. The sushi chefs have some rules...but they are not unreasonable beasts. Do what they tell you to do (or don't do). Be yourself and ENJOY (assuming you're not an obnoxious jackass).

        3. Not as stressful as some people make it out to be...... relax, listen to Keizo, and let the good times roll....

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          1. re: Schweinhaxen

            laissez les bon temps roulers doesn't usual occur at Zo but i digress.

            1. re: kevin

              they were rollling last tuesday night when my date and i gorged ourselves on piece after piece of wonderful fish.
              i guess each of us has their own idea about what constitutes a good time.