Both I and my wife eat everything and have no dietary restrictions. If we were to go to an English-free restaurant, we'd ideally just want to ask the server to give us a typical meal consisting of in whatever that restaurant specializes and/or whatever is most popular among their Japanese patrons.
- Is this a real problem?
- Would the server understand what I wanted if I just say "omakase"? ...
- ...even if it's not a sushi place?
- ...even if the place doesn't usually offer a tasting menu?
I've an idea: I'd like to print out a bunch of business-card-sized notes stating in Japanese exactly what I said above (i.e., that we don't have any dietary restrictions and we just want a typical Japanese meal). The cards could even have a box were we could pencil in how hungry we are at the time and/or how much money we'd like to spend. We could then just hand a card to the server.
- Is this overkill?
- Has anyone out there done something like this before?
- Might this somehow offend the server?
- Do you think there's a chance that we would get fleeced (i.e., served way too much food and/or served the most expensive items on the menu)?
- Do you think the server might "dumb the menu down" because we're not Japanese? (This has happened to me before in my travels.)
If this sounds like a good idea, can anyone help translate? Translation Party is failing me