Even Japanese people can be overwhelmed by the ambiance at the sushi counter. You get the feeling that if you utter anything, you may be asked to leave. If you don’t muster up the courage, you pay and go home without much to say of the evening.
Eating sushi at a counter is not inherently dull. So why do sushi meals so often end up this way? The problem is a lack of knowledge, and feeling like you’re the visiting team on the field.
Contrary to their countenance, most sushi chefs are experts in the art of conversation. They value the back and forth with regulars, have a keen memory, and can recall details about regulars.
You might not remember what you ate during the Omakase meal. You know you ate tuna. But where was it caught? Was it from the belly or back? How long had the fish been matured? If you ask the chef, you’ll be able to make a comparison upon your next visit. This will improve your sushi literacy and lead to a better awareness of your preferences.
But there are limitations to the time allowed for conversation. In a 2-hour Omakase course, there may be 5 minutes for conversation. Newcomers often can’t get a word in after the initial greeting.
That’s for Japanese customers. What about foreign customers who don’t speak Japanese? Conversation is impossible, but the sushi is delicious, right? Perhaps, but you’ll end up with the small-world view cultivated for you by the media, limited to whether or not the fish is fatty, fresh, and firm. That is something you can experience anywhere that sushi is served in the world.
We offer a different experience. You get a seat in front of the sushi chef (a spot usually reserved for regulars), an expert interpreter by your side. During the Omakase show, the chef explains each piece of sushi and answers all your questions. We prepare a translated menu, so you won’t be able to say you don’t know what you ate. All you need to do is forget time and immerse yourself in Edo-style sushi, a staple of Japanese food culture.
The luxury omakase, the highest level course we offer, is held at a sushi restaurant where you can taste premium sushi with domestic, natural ingredients, without thinking about the price
Experience premium omakase sushi, seated directly in front of a master sushi chef
Watch as the master sushi chef prepares each morsel of sushi
With an expert interpreter, feel free to converse with the chef and ask him questions about his craft
Gain insights about the art of sushi, as you hear about the story behind each piece of sushi
Pickup and drop off service (pick up at your hotel and drop off at the station closest to the restaurant)
Edo-style sushi omakase course (nigiri and makimono)
An expert English-Japanese interpreter
Japanese green tea
Any additional food, drink, or souvenir purchases
Please cover your own transportation costs
Meeting Point and Meeting Time:
We offer a pickup and drop off service. The sushi restaurant is located in Ginza, and after the meal you will be escorted to the train station nearest to the sushi restaurant.
Reservations are for private parties of 2 to 7 people (note that there may be others present at the restaurant)
Guests age 15 and over are welcome to join
Please let us know if you have food allergies or if there are sushi toppings you do not like
Please bring extra cash for additional food, beverages, or other purchases