Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M., 5:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Telephone Number: (02) 621-3427 or (02) 551-6030
In traditional sushi restaurants, saying "Omakase" to the chef is considered good etiquette. It signals him to make full use of his culinary skills, and serve a dish worthy of the customer's maximum enjoyment. Indeed, while Omakase the restaurant isn't "traditional" in the strictest sense of the word, its offerings arguably live up to its name.
Starting out as a take-out outlet, Omakase debuted as a full-blown restaurant in Libis, Quezon City. Soon, it expanded to Alabang, Il Terrazzo, San Roque in Marikina, Greenhills and the Ayala Triangle Gardens. With its extensive menu containing Japanese and Japanese-inspired dishes, Omakase is worth a second look.
As with its cuisine, Omakase's interior design is an elegant fusion of traditional and modern styles. There are comfy sofa chairs (complete with mirrors) for groups, and high stool chairs for solo diners. Also, the walls are covered with quirky Japanese-style drawings, which are great to look at while waiting for your order.
On another note, if you're looking for a different way to treat your Mom this Mother's Day, Omakase is a great choice. It's very family-friendly, and there's something on the menu for everyone, as you'll see in the next section.
For the appetizers, we ordered one Omakase Soup and one Oyster Butteryaki.
As for the main cuisine, our choice was the tonkatsudon (deep-fried breaded pork over rice).
(Another side note: Notice how the edges of the bowl are dented? They're there for a reason. In Japan, it's considered bad luck to position your chopsticks in the bowl as though they're incense sticks. Instead, you should either place them on a chopstick holder — which wasn't provided for some reason — or lay them horizontally on top of the bowl.)
Of course, no full meal would be complete without dessert. And it shouldn't be just any dessert; it should be one we haven't seen a hundred times before in a hundred other restaurants. So when we flipped through Omakase's list of desserts, we picked out the Tempura Ice Cream immediately.
The soft, springy texture of the tempura coating was a nice addition to the ice cream, melted chocolate, sliced mango and cherry mixture. Our only complaint was that the tempura could've been cut into smaller pieces for easier eating.
Last, but not the least, we drank the Panama Orange (Glass).
Overall, Omakase dishes have that uniquely Japanese light-yet-satisfying quality. Most diners recommend their makimono, dynamite roll and spicy tuna salad, but we think these other dishes are worth a try as well.
In general, Japanese restaurants are known for their high-quality service. Omakase is no different: From the moment you walk through their doors, you'll be greeted with a hearty "Irasshaimase!" ("Welcome!"). If the restaurant doesn't have too many people, as was the case during our visit, they'll give you the most comfortable seats available — even if you're only a solo diner!
Also, since there's at least one waiter on standby, you can easily let them know if you need anything. The staff also have friendly dispositions, and always do their best to make you feel comfortable. Granted, the orders took a little too long to arrive, but the end result was great, so it's worth it.
For those reasons, we tipped them on top of the service charge in the final bill. As we talked about in previous posts, great service deserves to be recognized.
Omakase is for anyone trying out Japanese food for the first time. They manage to infuse a modern, Filipino-friendly twist to their dishes, without sacrificing their inherent Japanese-ness. On the other hand, if you want your experience to be as "authentic" as possible, other restaurants may do a better job. To Omakase, we give a 4/5 rating.