Omakase: For the Brave and Adventurous in Bellevue

What You Should Know Before Ordering Omakase

When a diner says to the chef: “I will leave it to you,” it is actually a fine tradition at Japanese eating places that allows the chef to let his creative juices flow in making your dish. “Omakase!” is trusting your chef and at the same time hoping you will have a great dining experience. Though before you go omakase, bear in mind a few details.

Does your restaurant always have fresh ingredients in stock everyday? If so, then you can trust easily. Not all, but most large or chain restaurants or other restaurants with limited ingredients may not do omakase to your liking. Small, intimate restaurants may have the culture of omakase. They usually have counter seats and an open kitchen. It is best if you have a seat next to the chef.

You can also get a conversation going with your chef. A small social interaction can do wonders for your dish. Your chef may even explain to you his creation and tell you why he is choosing certain ingredients over others. If it’s ok with him, you can snap a few photos of him while working your dish. Just be careful with personal questions. Some may indulge you.

Omakase might not be for you if you have dietary restrictions. It is not polite to instruct your chef what and what not to put into your dish. It is not how it works. You can’t even ask what you’ll get. The polite thing to do is to eat your dish when the chef offers it.

At the end of the meal, you’ll get a slip of paper that indicates what they’re charging you for your omakase, drinks included. Do not ask for an itemized bill, it is not to be considered an expense, but a request for a wonderful meal. The price may be hefty but its value is immeasurable. Trust the chef and expect to be delighted.

Delightful Omakase at FLO

Trust your chef at Flo, your Bellevue Japanese Restaurant, where omakase is always a surprise and always to wonder about. Experience our chef’s creations at their best. Worry not for you will know how much the experience will cost you. Our omakase is always a five-course tasting menu to enjoy.