The sushi counter at Omakase. Photo from Facebook.
One of the dishes at Omakase. Photo courtesy of Omakase.
Another dish from Omakase. Photo courtesy of Omakase.
A new sushi restaurant has opened in SoMa, called ~OMAKASE~. Unsurprisingly, given the name, they are serving omakase-style (chef’s choice) menus exclusively. There is no menu per se, but guests can select the $100, $150, or $200 option, and will be served a corresponding amount of food.
The owner is restaurateur Kash Feng of Live Sushi Bar, Live Sushi Bistro, and Origami Market Restaurant, and he’s brought on sushi chef Jackson Yu to run the kitchen. Yu’s previous experience includes Ukai in Japan, as well as Ebisu and Live Sushi here in San Francisco. Ingi Son of Masa and Morimoto Napa has also been brought on board, and Hoodline reported that Masaki Sasaki (previously of Maruya) is the consulting chef.
The experience is intended to feel luxurious and elegant, with many thoughtful details. Diners are offered glasses of Krug Champagne when they arrive (sounds like someone must have visited Jiro SF), and many of the plates and serving dishes are either Japanese antiques or handmade by potters in Japan. Both sake and wine are available.
As for the food, the menu will change constantly, but many of the ingredients are being flown in from Japan, including fish from Tsukiji Fish Market. The minimalist space seats only 14. The sushi counter is made of yellow cedar, and there are also Douglas fir cabinets and bamboo details throughout.
Omakase is open for dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-9pm; reservations are strongly recommended. 665 Townsend St. at 8th St., 415-865-0633.