Omakase in America
The Japanese phrase omakase translates to “I leave it up to you” and refers to a culinary experience based on trust. The term originated in the bubble-era 1990s, but the custom traces its roots to Tokyo street food vendors of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Today, restaurants specializing in sushi omakase have exploded across America, as seemingly everyone — local chefs, sushi connoisseurs, sushi novices — embraces the boom. And when it comes to that moment when you sit down at a counter, one thing become crystal clear: There's no experience quite like sushi omakase.