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John Lee's Omi - The paper is off the windows

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  1. so he's actually up and running or is it all a teaser sneak peak. would love to know if/when he might be having a grand opening.

    i might get to compare omi and zen in the same week!

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      False alarm. The paper's back up. Sigh.

      1. re: Googs

        lol - Really appreciate these updates Googs!

        1. re: Googs

          wonder if he's reading these posts and worrying that CHers are going to be knocking down his door and starting a riot if he's not open for business yet...

          When it eventually opens, can you please let me know what types of dishes he will be serving up? I have never tried Omi and would be interested in seeing what the hype is about. Not sure what I should try and would appreciate some direction from an experienced Omi-diner!

          TIA

            1. re: skylineR33

              Thanks skylineR33 - then it will be the same restaurant opening up again?

            2. re: BokChoi

              That link provides a rather myopic view of Omi.

              Yes, BokChoi, there will be many Hounds and many non-Hounds banging down his door when he returns.

              The best way to experience John Lee is to go omakase. Worth every penny you spend. He has a real penchant for reading people well and bringing their heart's desires. He bring many plates of varying styles that elevate the experience from course to course bringing it to a crescendo for the final plate. Unbelievably good.

              1. re: Googs

                Ahhh, so he will have an Omakase that has several different varying dishes with different preparation methods and accompaniments/marinades? Quite exciting. I would love to sample a multicourse Omakase by him, as I have heard many good things.

                Thanks Googs.

                1. re: BokChoi

                  What is the location of his new digs?

                  1. re: EarlyDrive

                    In the former home of the Town Grill at 243 Carlton St about 3 doors west of Parliament.

                      1. re: Googs

                        i am confused, is it on Carlton? I walked by an Omi on east side of Church street just south of Wellesley on my way to Kaiseki Sakura.

                        1. re: budeeez

                          That would be the former location....John Lee bailed from that location and apparently sold the name when he left. Lee's new location's name has not been shared as yet on this board.

                          1. re: T Long

                            The sign in the Carlton location says something like "the home of the new Omi" or some such thing. That's not to say that will be the name.

          1. Three weekends! Fingers crossed!

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            1. re: dlw88

              The Town Grill sign is finally gone. One or two more interior walls to finish. No new name yet...

              1. re: dlw88

                still that much longer? ah well... i have the memory of a zen experience to sate me and will hopefully be at kumai within the next few days.

              2. Judging from the latest progress report, looks like the door will open the first weekend of October. I know I'll regret sharing this as much as I will enjoy those that love him getting in early. Oh well. Save hubby and I a table will y'all?

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                1. re: Googs

                  Googs, I take it you will be one of the first ones lining up outside the doors this weekend then? Please let us know how you find the food! I am excited to hear your review.

                  Cheers

                  1. re: Googs

                    I'm not familiar with John Lee...what's the hype all about?

                    1. re: grandgourmand

                      If you're a sushi man, go omakase at Omi. You won't have to wonder any more. The holy trinity is Kaji, Omi, and Zen.

                      1. re: Googs

                        Will do. My wife is going to deliver soon, so sushi's back on the menu. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

                        1. re: Googs

                          May I suggest adding Aoyama to your Trinity?! Comparing the omakase I had at Aoyama a few weeks ago with that of Omi before it closed, the former is more adventurous and the fish/seafood choice is more varied and fresh. Cooked food was pretty good too!
                          For sushi alone, though Cafe Michi's selection may not be as varied, however, freshness-wise, its way up there as well.
                          May be the holy 4.5! Ha!

                          1. re: Charles Yu

                            i would definitely put up aoyama around there... after a recent experience at zen and one shortly after there.... aoyama appeared to have more excellent fish!

                            i'm hearing a 1 more week count down but since he's waiting on a permit i'll say omi still won't be open for another couple of weeks.

                            1. re: Charles Yu

                              For you, Charles, I'll have to make that trip to Aoyama now.

                        2. re: Googs

                          Well did the rebirth finally happen this week-end and if it did launch, what's the verdict? Do the results live up to the hype?

                          1. re: T Long

                            One more permit to get. Damnable bureaucracy.

                            T Long, I thought you'd done the omakase thing at Omi. Did you ever make it to the Church St location?

                            1. re: Googs

                              Hi Googs: No, Omi had closed shortly after I joined these conversations, so no first hand experience as yet.....but looking forward to it. Btw, I'm more likely to go for the menu sushi rather than omakase...

                              1. re: T Long

                                In the old digs, I didn't find the Sushi A or Sushi B offerings much different from other restos. The selections played to the masses. Not sure how that'll be done in the new place.

                                I highly recommend going omakase for the sport of it. Again, I'll have to see if it's executed in the same manner as before. It was always a multi-course culinary adventure in the past.

                            2. re: T Long

                              John Lee says he's going to try to open this weekend. I think his fingers are crossed as much as all of yours!

                          2. These guys seem to be taking their time, though someone said something about a permit being delayed.

                            Is anyone else disappointed in the look of the room? The Town Grill had such a warm, bistro-y feel. I'm not opposed to change, per se, but I dislike the counter that now runs along the right side of the room. Very unfun.

                            1. Any update on an opening this weekend?

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                              1. re: EarlyDrive

                                Omi soft-opened last night. Doors will open again on Tuesday, October 14.

                                1. re: Googs

                                  did you go to the soft opening? how was it? i'm curious if the menu is going to be similar to the old place or john's got something new up his sleeve.

                                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                    It wasn't a full menu night, simply samples of what's to come. Not the sort of thing that should be reviewed. In terms of comparison, what's similar is the vibe in that it's a very relaxed atmosphere with no pretense whatsoever. The ingredients still remain king with each ingredient allowed to shine in simple, well balanced preparations. John Lee still smiles and greets everyone as warmly and as much as he ever did. As for the comment above about the wall-length counter, the party that sat there appeared to be having a great deal of fun. I would check to be certain he's 100% operational before you go, PSP. It *may* still be a work in progress. Judging by my experience, it's rich with promise.

                              2. Does anyone have a number for Omi, is there a website by chance?

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                                1. re: JamesJT

                                  no website, old number still stands as the working number.

                                  i've got a review to come shortly.... i feel that this new place falls below the standards of the old one and is now marketing more to the general public than those who know their sushi. prices noticeably reflect this and has made it more of an affordable spot in some ways. not to say that it's bad, just that it didn't seem to be as experimental nor as precise as it was in the past. of course, this could all improve as it's brand spanky new.

                                2. I'm really interested in their a la carte menu... for someone who has tried it, how does it stack up to other places?

                                  ..someone posted a few pics of their 'new' omi experience on flickr...

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                                    1. re: Edith S

                                      http://flickr.com/photos/endy_/sets/7...

                                      i hope im not stepping on any chow houders toes..... i probably am..

                                      1. re: papagorgio

                                        Thanks for posting this, I think people would be appreciative rather than hostile. Definitely makes me want to check the place out.

                                        But why do I click on these Flickr threads near dinner? Why?!!?

                                    2. re: papagorgio

                                      Had dinner from a la carte menu on Wednesday night. It was only their second official day, but they waited until well after we ordered to tell us that it was "cash only". Luckily, there is a CIBC ATM immediately adjacent to the restaurant.

                                      The only standout was the cured fish appetizer. Would definitely go back for that! The unagi-avocado roll was very bland. Sushi dinner and sashimi dinner were both average compared to other places, though the price ($20 each) was appealing. Fish wasn't exciting, scallops even less so.

                                      Based on this experience, I am not sure I would cross town to eat there again. I never visited the old Omi, so didn't have sky-high expectations.

                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                        I had never eaten at the old Omi, but after reading threads on Chowhound I was prepared for something "special" (given that some people had ranked it in some sort of Toronto Japanese Trinity along with Kaji). Omi is not Kaji. Not even close. Not even on the same wavelength.

                                        Omi's food is reasonable. The fish was fresh, but the presentation was unimaginative and, well, pretty poor. Sitting on crushed ice left the sashimi at the wrong temperature. We had omakase, and there wasn't any sort of special "personality" to be associated with John Lee. We enjoyed one dish especially: the toro bibimbap. Would I go back exclusively for this? Probably not.

                                        Again, the fish was fresh, and the hotate we had were decent (though far from great). The sashimi selection was pretty unimaginative. We also had the unagi-avocado-cucumber roll, and thought it was well-balanced for flavour, but the texture of the rice was poor (overdone) and it was underseasoned. A friend had the beef "teriyaki" and it was better than the cheap spots, but there's a Chinese/Japanese place down the street from me that does a teriyaki NY strip steak that is just as good, only cheaper and in a combo including the typical tempura, salad, miso soup combination. She was a bit underwhelmed. She had the gyoza as well, which were better than average, though the skin was too chewy.

                                        There was a white tuna in garlic dressing which was pretty good. The miso soup was strange (I'm not sure what to think; I wasn't a big fan though).

                                        Overall, I was unimpressed, if only for the hype surrounding the place. It was average compared to the better sushi places in the GTA, but in terms of food quality and preparation, it's not even close to Kaji. Fresh fish only takes you so far, the menu was generally uninspired, and was pretty much an upgraded version of most typical sushi/teriyaki Japanese-Korean places. Maybe I'm missing the personality, but there wasn't a bar to sit at, so I'm not sure where we were supposed to get this from. To be honest, I preferred Zen, and I'm not a big fan of Zen.

                                        That being said, I'd be interested in trying a restaurant based on John Lee's take on Korean, but I'm not sure if this would ever happen. Omi as a Japanese restaurant? I'll pass (especially since I'm not close by).

                                        1. re: tjr

                                          i was there wednesday night as well and while i agree its no kaji, for 65$ i think the omakase is extremely good value for money in terms of an everyday japanese meal ... i really enjoyed the hot dishes especially the pork belly and bim bim bap ... i actually had to ask the waiter to end the food because there was simply SOOOOOO much of it! ... i would definitely say the fish @ zen is better but that the overall meal @ omi came out on top

                                          1. re: tjr

                                            I didn't go in thinking it would be close to Kaji standards, but I did go in hoping it would be like Japango in its heyday. The funny part is that some of the sushi fish was sliced as thin as Japango in its current state of disappointment and we made the obvious comparison as we ate. Omi's rice was also verging on mushy and underseasoned. I wanted to try the white miso cream soup and a few other items, but honestly, most of us can't afford to eat $65 omakase on a regular basis and I was hoping that the $20 dinner with an appetizer would suffice.

                                            On the bright side, the rolls that came on the sushi platter were delicious - really meaty fish inside.

                                            In all fairness, it was only the second official day of operation, and maybe they are experiencing growing pains so I wouldn't write Omi off completely and would be open to trying again in a month or so if I'm in the east end.

                                      2. Can someone confirm the name of this place. Is it "John Lee's Omi", just "Omi", or something else. Thanks.

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                                        1. Given that he hasn't been open to the public for even a week, and that he hasn't had a "grand opening" yet announcing he's ready, and that I nor anyone else has been more than once, I'll be reserving my opinions until at least a 2nd visit. I typically don't go to any new resto until it's been open at least a month if not two. I prefer to wait until they've found their rhythm. I have no idea how hubby and I got invited to opening night. We were just happy we were even if it was against our normal policy. I would not base an opinion on a single visit to a restaurant that is just finding its footing. I'm not certain why anyone would hold John Lee to a different standard than other restos. They all deserve enough time to get it right before they invite the critics in the door. I sincerely regret having mentioned the soft opening at all now.

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                                          1. re: Googs

                                            Hi Googs, so the new Omi has no sushi bar ? I enjoy eating at the bar in old Omi and the atmosphere is great there as I still remember it. So John cannot show his personality now ?

                                            1. re: skylineR33

                                              No, but I'm hoping this will change. I didn't see any of the "personality" that made the old Omi great for people, so maybe this is one of the reasons I found the new Omi to be rather mediocre. Maybe I, like many others who had not experienced the previous Omi, have seen John Lee get an extraordinary amount of hype on this board that is perhaps undeserved. If it is deserved, I didn't get a chance to see it; maybe over the next few months, I will.

                                              I'll admit, I was kind of shocked to be getting bibimbap in omakase at a Japanese restaurant. That is, until I tried it. It was excellent! I'd definitely go back if I could get more of the neat (and innovative? I don't know enough about Korean food to know whether this is the case) Korean-style dishes he is doing which, imo, are quite good compared to most Korean restaurants, and fairly inventive. Unfortunately, though, for a man who had previously run a sushi restaurant, I can't exactly leave uninspired fish and bad rice down to "growing pains."

                                              Perhaps after he has been (officially) open for a month or two, we will see these problems disappear. If the man can do inventive, fresh fish with excellent rice, he could be running one of the better sushi restaurants in the city, especially with the quality of some of his other dishes (for example, the gyoza, save the skin, were excellent).

                                              Just to note: I haven't seen very many restaurants "saved" criticism on this board just because they had recently opened (see Nota Bene, that Québecois place in Mimico, etc.), and I have no problems with him taking his time to get everything right. Why would you regret telling other people about the restaurant just because their opinions weren't as favourable as yours may be?

                                              1. re: tjr

                                                i've been tossing over in my head how i would write about omi and i just had to jump in as a visitor of the former location and give a few thoughts.

                                                the previous omi had given me some of the best sushi rice i have ever encountered in my life as part of a lunch chirashi. his passion was overflowing in the old space and often accentuated by the fact that he himself would present the sushi portion of a meal and detail each item. he was certainly playful but i didn't feel he was innovating anything incredible at the time.

                                                the new omi served me mushy and underseasoned rice (as you had mentioned) and mostly fresh fish (salmon was iffy) with good sized cuts but i thought the hotate was actually quite good compared to the tasteless watery dreck i've had from other places (sushi marche has been the biggest culprit of this for me). john seems to have trapped himself behind the bar except for when he noticed someone and appeared to be more stressed than enthusiastic. it seems that he's finally really putting himself out there with korean inspired dishes and i'm glad that people are responding to it well.

                                                this is not the omi i once knew. a part of me wants to beg for it back (mostly for that rice) but i understand that he's evolved and his prices are slashed from what they used to be in this new incarnation.... the purpose of these changes i could speculate on but won't here. i think it is a shame that he seems to have purposely "down graded" in exchange for a more casual and friendly spot but i do have faith that he could reach his former glory given some time.

                                                btw, i would only do an omakase in the future (ordered a la carte last tuesday) and my friends sashimi was not served on ice (which i think was mostly for aesthetics).

                                            2. re: Googs

                                              In the words of Frasier Crane: "What's the one thing better than an exquisite meal? An exquisite meal with one tiny flaw we can pick at all night." If not for the flaws, this site wouldn't be as entertaining (bordering on addictive!)

                                              1. re: Googs

                                                Im sorry but rice and fresh fish should be simple to nail down for an "expert" such as THE John Lee.

                                                usually the kinks restos have to work out in the first month are service, timing and cooking tempuratures. but rice? come on now, why open if you cant even get that right?


                                                Chow!
                                                HL.

                                                1. re: Googs

                                                  Yeah...having been to OMI now, I have to say, I think the CHers need to take a step back and let the guys work out the kinks and what not...
                                                  I had a fantastic experience, as did the 5 other companions i dined with. It was tasty, wonderful, and memorable.
                                                  Like Googs said, they deserve enough time to get it right....and that's what they're working on.

                                                  Ps. The lunch menu is simple but a steal at $11.99

                                                2. Unfortunately, I have to second most of what's being said on here about dear Omi. I miss the sushi bar, the intimacy and, more importantly, the FISH. We got omakase but did not get any white tuna / unagi nigiri or scallops. What gives?!

                                                  BUT it must be remembered that it's only the second week and I can only assume (/hope) he's working the kinks out with his fish suppliers (and brewing the smoked soy that adds so much).

                                                  I'll give the omakase one more shot in a month or two. After that ... who knows. Regardless, I'm sad that the old Omi - at least the social aspect - will never be again.

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                                                  1. re: dudebrah

                                                    must be a supply thing ... i had all those things on wednesday

                                                    1. re: dudebrah

                                                      No fish whatsoever? What did you end up getting in the omakase?

                                                      1. re: dudebrah

                                                        Had my first experience at the new Omi on Saturday night. I had never been to the old location. Although standard sushi/sashimi, both of us thought it was very good - significantly better than the all you can eat type-joints on Bloor ect, but still reasonably priced making it possible to go frequently rather than for special occasions (like Kaji). This formula is more appealing to me and I suspect what John Lee is going for.

                                                        I had read about Omi on this board and others so I was eager to go. It was apparent people have been anticipating this place opening and were not so discreetly hoping for a little special attention from John Lee. A number of people went up to shake his hand and he delivered some of their dishes to their tables himself.

                                                        We sat at the bar running along the wall and could watch John Lee's assistant make maki rolls all night. The restaurant had a good vibe but the stools were pretty uncomfortable.

                                                        We had gyoza and berkshire pork belly to start. I would get the gyoza again but probably not the pork. We decided to share the Sushi ($20) and sashimi ($20). Both were good but we agreed that in the future we would probably order individual sushi mains and skip the sashimi as it was heartbreaking to have to share the sushi when you don't get two of each kind of nigiri.

                                                        Two apps, sushi, sashimi, and two Sapporo ($10 each) came to about $95 with tax and tip. Service was fast, almost too fast.

                                                        Would, and will go back.

                                                        1. re: Charles Yu

                                                          Yikes.

                                                          mmacdon6, how was the sushi? Freshness of fish? Variety? Creativity? Portioning? Quality, temperature, seasoning and texture of rice?

                                                          I will probably be returning this week to make a second attempt, and will report back.

                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                            Charles - thanks your right - now that you say that, I clearly remember him doing the "fist bump" with a customer near my table rather than a handshake. He must have done this with everyone because when I think back now I can't remember him actually shaking a hand - just people walking down to him and a greeting / exchange taking place. (I was trying to eat my dinner at the same time keep in mind).

                                                            tjr - The sushi was good. It wasn't out of this world but the fish was fresh. It was traditional nigiri with your usual tuna, salmon, shrimp, white fish ect - so there wasn't a that much creativity in that sense. Nigiri portions were solid - the maki rolls were smaller than the ones you would find in most cheaper sushi joints. The rice hit the mark on Saturday night and met all the criteria you listed.

                                                            1. re: mmacdon6

                                                              if the rice hit the mark... ie good individual texture (not mushy, not hard), nicely packed (not too dense, not too loose that it completely falls apart even when you use your hands), and was salty, sweet and vinegary enough with just a little tang of dashi or bonito.... i'm going again soon!

                                                              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                                Didn't try the omakase this time, just went to test the sushi. Same results as before. Most of the fish was fresh (bland tuna and mediocre salmon recall generic sushi joint quality), but unimpressive, uncreative, and unimaginative. Fish portioning was okay. Rice was a bit better this time around; seasoning and temperature were closer to the mark, but it was still texturally poor (mushy).

                                                                I do hope they can fix these problems (though at that price point, maybe they won't bother). The sushi is not at the same level as Zen or Aoyama, neither of which I consider to be exceptional.

                                                                I do feel that John Lee has some hits (gyoza are much better than most sushi places, great white tuna with garlic, excellent toro bibimbap, mostly fresh fish) which may offset some of the misses (bland pork belly, boring, oniony salad, generic rolls, weak rice, toughish tartar). This means that while I won't be returning to Omi for sushi anytime soon, I have hope that creative direction of the (currently unexceptional) omakase experience might draw me back in the future.

                                                          2. re: dudebrah

                                                            I revise my previous post of Oct 19, 2008. Omi is, once again, the bomb. Though I still miss the sushi bar.

                                                          3. I stopped by again tonight for the Omakase, and Lee delivered an onslaught of dishes that spoiled us.
                                                            Classic dishes and some new variations. Just when we thought we were done after 7 courses, he brought out a supersized plate of sushi , followed by his dragon rolls.

                                                            Creamy miso soup - still perfect, consistent.
                                                            salted edamame
                                                            salad
                                                            Pork + ham gyoza > tender, balanced
                                                            Scallop + mini sushi pizza > creamy scallop, delicate rice,
                                                            grilled scallop in glaze >
                                                            hamachi carpaccio with chrysanthemum center drizzled with soy and oil > divine
                                                            the famous toro sushi with garlic oil
                                                            dragon roll - crispy and creamy unagi with paper thin avocado
                                                            sushi platter - fresh toro, unagi, butterfish, salmon

                                                            the rice was the right texture, wetness and consistency.
                                                            We arrived at 5 and by the time we left (7:30) the restaurant was almost full.
                                                            He says he is officially open.

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                                                            1. re: Suresh

                                                              Thanks, Suresh, for the details. Must try soon, although I'll need to make the hike from out of town. What, pray tell, was the damage for the omakase at the new Omi?

                                                              :)

                                                              1. re: unturtlesoup

                                                                $65 pp
                                                                $30 for the wonderful cold sake

                                                                Worked out to $180 with taxes (without tip)

                                                                1. re: Suresh

                                                                  That cold sake is KILLER. I will never drink wine there again. If you knew how much I love wine you'd know that's really saying something.

                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                    What kind of cold sake is that ? No name and nothing ?

                                                                    1. re: skylineR33

                                                                      It's a Nigori Sake variety, i believe there are only a few brands.

                                                              1. re: mmacdon6

                                                                Stopped by for dinner on tuesday. It was very busy when we got there (7ish), corporate party.
                                                                Had the beef sashimi with quail egg on a bed of ice. very good, citrusy and spiced.
                                                                The spicy tuna is one of my personal favourites.
                                                                Also had sashimi of comet fish which had a very clean taste, and toro like texture.
                                                                Had this calamari mango concoction which is a special for december. fried calamari bits with mango sauce. quite nice.

                                                                fish ice cream with red bean paste brings out the kid in everyone.

                                                                1. re: Suresh

                                                                  "Fish ice cream with red bean paste brings out the kid in everyone" LOL!!
                                                                  I will be quoting that one for days!

                                                                  Could you elaborate on what's to be had for $11.99 at lunch?

                                                                  1. re: Wench Foraday

                                                                    You have to see it. Ice cream you can eat with your hands is always fun.

                                                                      1. re: Wench Foraday

                                                                        And the ice cream tastes good too.
                                                                        I wish I had taken a picture of that.....
                                                                        I think i spotted Googs!

                                                              2. was there a couple weeks back and i'm not really sure what is going on there and in part it's because they don't seem to know either!

                                                                our service was just not good with regards to food timing and one guy seemed to have such a poor understanding of english that we felt our meal would be an adventure as we couldn't guarantee our order was understood. one diner ordered unagi roll and another the sushi appetizer (2pcs), not difficult. but it all appeared on one plate and the server just barely whispered that it was the unagi sushi... leading to some confusion and unagi orderer eating sushi orderer's app.

                                                                of course, right after these arrive the mains show up in random order with odd timing between the bunch (we surmised that the kitchen was pumping out as many similar if not same dishes at once rather than going table by table). but my app never appears... alright, they forgot, no biggie. three quarters through my big bibimbap inspired bowl... comes my app! no apologies just dropped it on the table and left. at least they quickly packed it up to go, i was stuffed by that point.

                                                                the food was better than my first experience but only marginally so. the "spicy tuna bibimbap" had a tiny mound of diced tuna (which i don't mind because it meant more other fish for me!) and found a bit misleading. the quality of the fish was fine though not exceptional and i couldn't gauge the rice appropriately as the sriracha (why oh why not a house made korean inspired spicy sauce?!?) covered most of it up. perfect quails egg though it would have been nice yolkier so i could mix it into the rice or some of the fish. very filling and good for $20. the unagi avocado roll was more definitively unagi this go around and excellent with a wonderful melt in your mouth quality. while the tempura looked like perfection, a good thin crisp batter... i didn't taste it so i can't speak for it officially. the omi special cured fish though was a tad of a disappointment just because i was hoping for his brown sugar specialty but was still very tasty. it sat atop an unimaginative but perfect typical "japanese" salad.

                                                                i'll go again but only if i get a ride from someone... the best part is the reasonable quality and getting full easily from a $20 meal. it's still not the same old john though unfortunately.

                                                                1. Does Omi get a younger, slightly more hip crowd than other upscale sushi restos downtown? I'm looking for a restaurant that will be somewhat bustling, and not too quiet, but I don't want to end up at Ki or Blowfish. Would Omi be my best bet? Or somewhere elese>

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                                                                  1. re: phoenikia

                                                                    Somewhere else.
                                                                    Omi doesn't really have that much of chic ambience or crowd. It's kinda bright and the crowd changes throughout the night (starting off old, then younger, the old again)

                                                                        1. re: Suresh

                                                                          Gorgeous pics, Suresh! Makes me crave some sushi and I've already brushed my teeth for bed.

                                                                          I've only been back to the new Omi once - was a huge fan of the old location. I definitely miss the old spot. The new room is funky enough but without the sushi bar, you just don't get the same intimate experience with John that defined the original location. We didn't have the omakase that night - as we always did in the old spot - and the a la carte options were quite good, though not up to the standards of Church Street. I will definitely go back as it was still quite good, and I do really like John - perhaps the new spot will grow on me with time.

                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                      Enjoyable review....thx Googs.

                                                                      1. re: T Long

                                                                        I ended up going to Omi this past Wed night. I liked it. The sushi was very fresh. I had the sushi platter, gf had the sashimi platter. $20 each. We split the soft shell crab roll to start. Service was good from John. No rush, no long waits. Everything was good. Next time I will try the omakase.

                                                                        1. re: rafer madness

                                                                          i went agian last night ... has john doubled up on the serving sizes? ... it was already gut busting before but THIS TIME! ,,,, holy crap ... the food was great ... it was all amazing but we had to eject! .... we told them stop and just bring the bill .... stuffed to the gills! ,,, seriously though ... we used to share a plate between two of us ... now we each got our own .... thanks for the generosity john but its too much food.