we went to ike last night on a whim. we haven't been in a long time mainly due to being on a budget, and i was hesitant because we still did not want to spend a ton. my husband did a google search and came up with several reviews on yelp from the past couple months that said the omakase was around $50 or less, so i fell for it.
we arrived around 6:30 and the bar was already packed, so we sat at a table and asked for omakase. when our order was being taken i asked if they had the sweet shrimp since i was craving a crispy fried head.
we had a small dish of fish cut in strips marinated in yuzu with scallions - i think she said langoustine but the texture was like a whitefish so i think we misheard. the next course was a plate of sashimi - tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, 4 pieces of each. then a plate of grilled octopus, easily the best dish of the evening. next was a platter of nigiri - scallop with shiso "eat first, no soy" which was unusual and spectacular, red clam, halibut, albacore, and mackerel with a strip of some kind of gelee laid over it which was sort of sweet. the mackerel didn't seem as fresh and toothsome as it should've been. there was also a cut roll of diced tuna, cucumber, and scallion.
we hadn't eaten all day so when we were asked if we wanted more we said of course, asking for more sashimi. we were given a tiny cut roll with almost invisible pieces of clam and shiso.
even though every single person who sat after us was served a shrimp head as an amuse, we still hadn't seen any despite mentioning it at the beginning of the meal, so we ordered the sweet shrimp and an order of uni, and it was served with no head. i had to ask our server if i had ordered the correct item and only then did we get our heads.
then i was shocked when the bill came to $170 with 2 bottles of sapporo.
i calculated out bill per item with generous pricing on the MP items and i still feel like we were overcharged. our meal was fantastic overall, but all the joy i was feeling disappeared when i saw the check.
did we do something wrong??