This Japanese street food counter from Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya, situated in downtown’s Post food hall, may arguably offer the best omakase deal in town right now. For just $49 per person, budget-minded diners get to experience a 12-piece nigiri tasting menu with some of the freshest fish available — that is, straight from its next-door neighbor Golfstrømmen seafood market, also run by Qui with Norwegian star chef Christopher Haatuft. (Golfstrømmen chef de cuisine Alberto Cruz used to be the head sushi chef for both Uchi Houston and Uchi Austin, where Qui was once chef de cuisine.)
It’s truly a no-frills meal — each seating is timed for 45-60 minutes — but you’re guaranteed high-quality cuts, which in the past has included salmon belly, tuna belly, snapper, amberjack, dayboat scallop, and Jonah crab, among other ingredients. You won’t want to sleep on this deal.