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Omakase in Tokyo

Zatan | Apr 5, 200803:35 AM

Tonight, exhausted after day two of three in Tokyo for first time, I surrendered my ambitions and ate at my hotel, Century Southern Tower in Shinjuku. I have to say that the quality of the sushi at Horikawa was impressive, it seems a lot of locals go there to eat, and there was nary a gaijin besides myself in the sushi restaurant (the hotel tries to get Western guests to eat in the American or Chinese restaurants they have by giving coupons, but I refused).

I orderd a standard "deluxe" sushi plate from the limited English menu, but soon enough noticed that all around me people were having things not on that menu. A kindly couple next to me spoke English and informed me that they were dining omakase. Though almost full (the sushi was great), I wanted some of the special dishes they were having, but it seemed impossible to communicate this to the chefs for some reason, or perhaps they didn't want to give this to me for fear it was too strange? Anyway, the end result was great frustration on my part as I asked for omakase dishes and got plain sashimi while everyone else kept getting more interesting ones. I finally figured out that the only way was to wait until someone gt something I wanted and then point to it and insist I wanted the same. By then it was really too late....

Any suggestions out there for how to approach this? Not sure if it is common, the only other sushi I had here was by Tsukiji, and hat also was "standard" sushi.

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