Meaning of omakase in English:


Pronunciation /əʊˈmakəseɪ/


  • (in a Japanese restaurant) a type of meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef.

    ‘we had the five-course omakase’
    • ‘Jonathan suggests the omakase menu’
    • ‘The chef's basic omakase starts at $40.’
    • ‘Mention you'd like omakase or you'd like to try some traditional fish or Japanese dishes.’
    • ‘At dinner, signature sushi rolls are $13 to $15; other entrees are $13 to $28; chef's special omakase meals are higher.’
    • ‘Omakase, a traditional chef's tasting menu, is comprised of twelve to thirteen featured courses.’
    • ‘I hunkered respectfully at the bar on my first visit and let the chef take me on an omakase tasting tour of the menu.’
    • ‘This may be the future: simpler menus and no sushi bar or omakase (chef's choice) requiring highly specialised chefs.’
    • ‘Omakase—Nobu's multicourse chef's-choice dinner—is two hours of paradise if you have the gift of surrender.’
    • ‘He tries to introduce his American customers to more traditional Japanese flavors through his omakase, or chef's choice, menu.’
    • ‘If you are a first-timer, it can often be a good thing to put yourself in the chef's hands and order an omakase, where the chef feeds you cool things and you get to experiment more or less safely.’


Japanese, literally ‘respectfully leaving another to decide what is best’.