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Omakase etiquette

rozcul | Aug 10, 200504:17 PM

Hi friends!

For my birthday, one of my friends always takes me on a sushi splurge in the LA area. We don't like to deal with snobby sushi chefs of the Nozawa type, but we don't mind somewhat high prices if the food is worth it. In the past, we've been to Nobu, The Hump, and Matsuhisa.

I've been hearing good things about Wa in West Hollywood, but most folks suggest ordering omakase, so I wanted to ask about omakase etiquette. Is it OK to tell the chef the approximate price range of what you'd like for the whole evening? Is it OK to say if there are specific things you don't like (I've never developed a taste for uni). What if you see something on the menu you'd really like to have, can you order that as well?

Or is it just better to ask the chef for a few dishes to suggest, and then order the rest off of whatever looks good on the menu?

thanks for your suggestions...

Roz, in Culver City

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