Say stop when you've had enough
Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:07 PM
Has anyone else been to a similar restaurant? I don't feel right calling this omakase, what would be the best way to describe it?
Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:14 AM
Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:31 AM
Yes, I have experienced that before in a yakitori restaurant here in Hiroshima. No menu or prices, either. Good question on what to call it, but I think omakase does fit the bill. How many kushi did you eat before you asked the chef for the bill?
I could only get to the 13th one. I had a beer too. I think the bill was around $25
Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:03 AM
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:54 PM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 03:57 PM
I think the progression being the same each time is one of the key points. The other being that unlike omakase where you you, the customer, usually set a limit of a certain number of dishes or a monetary amount the only control you have is "stop" and "go". I found my self going back to see if I could get to the next level. Maybe there is a bonus round or a warp zone? I found myself very susceptible to the idea having been brought up with video games.
There may be more specific terms, as mentioned, for the specific meal format, but I do have the impression that this still fits under the umbrella of omakase. The word means, basically, "it's up to you", or "I entrust you". Curious to hear if others have heard specific terms for this type of omakase. The fact that the order is mostly the same each time is fairly common in Japanese food, with a number of omakase sushi restaurants doing things that way. Also, most kaiseki cuisine has a very traditional order that things are supposed to come in, so the concept of having a specific progression is a frequent theme in Japanese cuisine (and culture overall, if you look at things like the tea ceremony, etc.).