My son showed me a video of the famous Sukuyabashi Jiro restaurant in Japan with Anthony Bourdain eating sushi prepared by the 80 year old master. Shiro appeared in the video and he is now owner of this Seattle restaurant in his name, on 2nd Avenue. We knew to make reservations ahead of time, and to get there early if you want one of the 11 seats at the sushi bar to experience Omekase, chef's choice. We were first in line at 4:30pm and by the time the doors opened at 5:30pm there was a huge line behind us. We decided that we were going to let the chef serve anything and everything and we would be open to eating it. We noted about 100 different sushi items. We were 3 people: one ate 12 pieces (and miso soup), and two of us ate 30 pieces each. Guess what the bill was for the 73 pieces and 2 hand rolls? $289.35 + 27.49 tax= $316.84 Some sushi were typically priced ($2.75 to 4.95 each ) but others were price-y (Fatty Tuna at $7.50 each, Chu-toro at $5.75, Shiro's Wrap Hand Roll at 6.50, and Sea Urchin Hand Roll at $7.50) The fish was fresh and definitely the place to try new, and for me it was Abelone, Geoduck, Octupus, Smelt, Squid, Herring, Oyster, but most daring: Deep Fried Shrimp Heads. It took a minute to overcome chewing it with the beady eyes and spindly legs but it was crunchy and the delicious fried taste masked fears and my thoughts. So, was it worth it? We advise you ASK QUESTIONS first--no information if offered to describe Omekase. The chef merely says eat till you are no longer hungry.. just don't be surprised at the bill; there are no prices on the order sheet. . So...You'll have to be the judge!
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