At Ki-zushi

At Ki-zushi
Ki-zushi, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyo-cho 2-7-13

Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it to you" (from Japanese "to entrust"; makaseru).

Usage

In American English, the expression is used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. It differs from ordering la carte. The chef will generally present a series of plates, beginning with the lightest fare and proceeding to heaviest, richest dishes. The phrase is not exclusive to service of raw fish with rice, and can incorporate grilling, simmering, or other cooking techniques as well.

oh-MAH-ka-se

Characteristics

Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef. Ordering omakase can be a gamble; however, the customer typically receives the highest-quality fish in stock at a less expensive cost than if it had been ordered la carte.

From the restaurant's perspective, a large number of customers ordering omakase can help in planning for food costs.