Omakase or Okonomi: How to Order Your Delicious Sushi?
One of the nice things about eating sushi is that diners can enjoy eating their meal with their fingers or with their chopsticks without having to worry too much about their manners.
But more importantly, they are free to choose how they would like their sushi to be served.
There are usually two options when ordering sushi: ‘omakase’ and ‘okonomi.’
If you are not very much familiar with the way to order sushi, then you might find yourself in trouble once the bill comes.
Thus, here is a quick overview on omakase and okonomi.
Omakase: Chef’s Choice
Omakase literally means “I will leave it to you,” and in a sushi restaurant, this means that you are leaving your order in the hands of the chef.
You are giving the sushi chef your trust and the freedom to exercise his culinary creativity, but you can make a request if there are certain foods that you cannot eat.
Of course, omakase doesn’t work well at chain restaurants with very limited ingredients or if you are a picky eater.
But if you plan to make your sushi dining experience truly memorable and you are prepared to spend some serious money, then omakase may be right up your alley.
The chef knows exactly what fish and other seafood arrived recently, and will do his best to serve you the freshest ingredients and special dishes that you might have never thought of ordering by yourself.
Be prepared to shell out, though, as your mystery bill could easily run around 10,000 yen depending on the restaurant.
After all, the chef has offered his excellent service to you.
Okonomi: Your Choice
If you are not planning to splurge too much on sushi, then okonomi is the way to go.
Okonomi is where you order what you like.
In some sushiya (sushi restaurants), a compulsory otoshi (a Japanese style appetizer) is usually served first before being followed by the sushi.
Some restaurants encourage diners to tell how much they are willing to spend so that they could adjust the types of sushi to be served according to the diner’s budget.
Diners should also keep in mind that some ingredients are more expensive than others like otoro (fatty tuna) and good quality uni (sea urchin).
So, how would you like your sushi to be served?