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Zen Omakase, First time experience

.alias | Jul 7, 2011 09:57 PM

It was delicious and I'm glad I went.

I really wish I knew what every fish was, but it was my first time and I really could not retain all of the names.

Nonetheless, here's my experience in an overview.

At first, driving up to the plaza, the outside seemed a LOT different from what I imagined. Even though I knew it was in a random strip mall. I had made reservations so I walked in and sat down at the bar. I took a look at the menu and already knew I was getting the omakase sushi, but decided to order a grilled black cod as an appetizer.

My friend and I were started off with edamame and a bowl of miso soup, which were both good, but obviously not the main attraction. The grilled black cod came and we ate that quickly. It was a good dish, soft and tender fish with crispy skin. The flavours worked well. However, I believe the version at guu's on church is better!

The omakase began afterwards and came piece by piece. The first chef that started it off for us told us what each fish was, but unfortunately we had not started to make conversation with him at the time and were talking amongst ourselves at first. A few dishes later, an older chef took over which we had a good conversation with. He asked us if it was our first time and explained each fish to us and answered some of our questions. He was very friendly and a pleasure to talk to. Throughout our meal, there was a guy and his friends beside us. He seemed quite familiar with the chef and asked if there's a good selection today. The chef said yes and also told them there was a blue fin tuna neck that was available. They got it as an appetizer as it was grilled, and at first I wasn't sure what it was! I asked the chef serving us and he let us know and asked if we'd like it too since it's not always available. We definitely wanted to try and it ended up coming at the end of our meal. The guy beside us was very knowledgeable with several stories and asked for yuzu for his sake which was quite interesting. I was wondering if he might be a CHer!

The omakase was very good. It started off with fish that werent too strong in taste, but had great texture. And progressively moved on to fish with stronger flavours. Some highlights of the meal were definitely the toro, uni, and blow torched sea bream. The cuttlefish had good texture and a lot of the fish I am unable to remember the name of. Hopefully in time I will learn. There was one piece that was a great mix of flavours. The fish with a piece of shisho leaf with minced ginger and japanese onions on top of the fish had great flavours that worked together - also a highlight.

The sushi rice was very well done. Loosely packed that it sometimes would be hard to keep together, but the texture was great. It had a hint of sweetness and was good overall.

I ended up ordering one more piece of uni after my meal, and then ate the grilled blue fin tuna neck.

Luckily the Thursday was not too busy!

I had a great time and delicious food. The staff is VERY friendly and I will definitely go back, though I still want to try some other omakase too!

I attached the pictures of my meal below, in order of which they came.

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