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Mar 27, 2011 11:15 AM

Chefs choice

Months ago I was watching a show in PBS that I can't remember the name of, but the host went into the restaurant and told the waiter he would let the chef decide on his meal. I'm wondering has anyone ever done this, make the meal chefs choice?

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  1. Yes. Everytime I go for sushi and tell the chef "Omakase", that is exactly what I'm doing. I've also asked the server to ask the chef to create a menu of his choice. And they worked out well.

    1. Works best at Japanese restaurants, with Tojo's in Vancouver being a particularly good example.

      It doesn't necessarily work out though - I know the chef at a local place and once asked him to just make me whatever he felt like off his regular menu. He was so flustered by the request that my meal was not only late (close to an hour behind everyone else's), it was rather "off" because of his panic.

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      1. re: wattacetti

        we have now decided that a "failure" like yours is a good thing. if you never fail, you aren't pushing the envelope far enough and will never hit that homerun.

      2. I've done this at a number of places - it's called "ordering the tasting menu"

        1. Enjoyed a meal with nine other Philadelphia 'hounds at Han Dynasty this winter. We put ourselves in the chef's hands and had a feast of varied Chinese Szechuan dishes that just kept coming. We even asked for some repeats, like the Dan Dan noodles. The bill before tax and tip was just $150.

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          1. re: Seeker19104

            Yes, I think a group of Philly Hounds did this at Blackfish as well--after reading what they were served, I was very sorry I hadn't signed up. In that case, though, they gave the restaurant advance notice.

          2. Yes. A few times and I have never been disappointed. One particularly memorable dinner wound up be fourteen courses. Other times, I've simply had the chef "choose" my entree.