I’ve just returned from a visit in San Francisco where I had the most amazing Omakase experience ever. (At Ace Wasabi Rock and Roll Sushi) My son has befriended the sushi chef there, and we sat at the sushi bar devouring one amazing bite after another. And now I want to have the same experience here at home.
So my question is not “who has the best sushi”, but who is the best sushi chef where I can sit at the sushi bar and experience his creativity?
I don’t think that is happening in Monmouth county, but you could call Yumi in Sea Bright and inquire. I haven’t been there in a while and I think I asked and their answer was to set it up beforehand. But I can’t swear that my recollection is correct.
In my heart of hearts, I think you’ll have to go to NYC for true omakase.
I know you’re right. The sushi chef at Ace used a torch on some, created special sauces, and pronounced with each offering “no soy sauce” lol Of course he was right. But we’ll try Kazu and will give Sono sushi chef a chance. Also wondering whether Sushi guys at Aji in Long Branch could muster up something great?
If you search HO, there are are plenty of posts on the topic of Jersey Sushi and Omakase (or the lack thereof) …
A vast majority of the Sushi places in Jersey are run by Fujianese (the dominant Chinese ethnic group in the greater New York area), most of whom have no training in Japan.
What is served is an endless variety of basically 5-6 types of fish (yellow fin, yellow tail, crap stick, salmon, flying fish roe & white tuna) in endless and seemingly similar “signature rolls”. If they have Uni (sea urchin roe) it is well aged, sometimes you may see squid or octopus. Even the places that are actually run by Japanese still feature the same fish sorts, just check menus on line.
The fish sorts in Jersey invariably include ‘white tuna’ or escolar, which actually causes diarrhea, and IMO should be banned from menus.
So in Jersey sushi is more like Kamikaze than Omakase…
There are a number of really outstanding sushi places in NYC that have decent omakase. You should be prepared to spend at least $ 125 per person and upwards. Yasuda, Nakazawa, Tanoshi, come to mind. Check the web, there are always new ones.
Yeah I’ve read those. Thinking I’ll have to try Chef Mike at Fuku. We’ve been there a few times for poke or sushi and their fish is always very fresh. But yes, I guess I will have to bite the bullet and find a place in NYC.
In my humble opinion, Sheunn at Yumi makes the best omakase including a lot of the places in New York. The problem is Sheunn’s omakase is extraordinarily expensive. (It could run around $150 per person plus tip). He has a wonderful assortment of fish, plus makes some of most incredible plates that will not only please the eye but your palate as well.