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To order sushi “omakase” style is to give the dinner reins to the chef. And, with the right chef, this is exactly where they should be. Chef knows what’s in season, what’s fresh, what’s exciting, what’s different. Omakase allows you to truly leave every decision — and every worry — up to the them.
A deluxe omakase course at Sushi Tanabe — selected by Masashi Watanabe, the head chef and owner — begins with an appetizer, then features five kinds of sashimi, a grilled dish, 12 pieces of sushi and miso soup, before wrapping up with dessert. The total cost is 16,500 Japanese yen, or about $150. On our visit, Chef Watanabe laid down the 12 pieces he would be serving that night, presented just so from behind his post at the 13-seat bar at his ninth-floor restaurant in downtown Sapporo. It was awarded three stars by a 2012 Special Edition Michelin Guide to Hokkaido, so we knew the reins were in good hands.