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Laughing Monk Cafe - amazing Omakase

daveinmd | Jun 20, 201912:16 PM     6

My wife and I went here for our 5 year anniversary dinner, and it was AMAZING. We had the omakase at the sushi bar, and were blown away. The exquisite touches on each dish, layers of flavor, and presentation were a notch above any other sushi experience we've had, probably reflecting the chef's training at Oya (we've never been). Oysters on the halfshell with Thai flavors/garnishes, a squid nigiri that was the most distinctive bite of the night and tasted like essence of the sea, smoked ocean trout with caviar, fig, and edible flowers, a beautiful toro nigiri with lime-jalapeno pearls and other garnishes, it goes on. And we adored the desserts even though we are not dessert people -- a gorgeous coconut ice cream with lots of nice garnishes including fresh coconut flesh served in a coconut sheet, a very nice black sesame lychee mousse that was a beautiful warm marriage of sesame flavor with milk and lychee flavors.

This is what I imagine Oya is like, but probably at 1/3 the price ($99 pp) and in a much more casual environment. The level of detail is insane, and our server was super nice. The crazy thing is that I think we were the only ones having omakase on a Friday night, most people were having Thai food (though that looked good too). I worry that this amazing experience will go away or down in quality if they don't get enough customers. Why isn't this place swarmed?

As comparison, we also love the omakase at Cafe Sushi, which is equally great but different, and we've had mid-high end sushi in the Bay Area and Japan.

Go check it out!!

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