The Japanese word omakase honorifically means, “I will leave it to you,” and if you have never visited one of these special Japanese restaurants, chef and restauranteur Shinji Kurita graciously welcomes everyone to his humble eatery. At ShinBay, by following the precepts of omakase, you will want to leave everything to this knowledgeable master. Of course, if you are here to dine on standard classics in Japanese cuisine, then you might want to check out some of the sushi bars around town.
Customized Menu at ShinBay
Since the concept behind omakase highlights the creativity of the chef, be prepared for a culinary experience unlike any other. The concept is similar to a prix-fixe, with a multi-course set of impeccably prepared dishes where dinner service can last up to two hours. There are two omakase preparations every night, and reservations are generally required, especially when the party includes five or more guests. Another benefit to omakase dining is that you have the opportunity to sit and observe the chef in a more intimate setting, which allows for more social interaction. Those who may have food allergies and/or request special options may not be accommodated since these restrictions defeat the entire purpose of the concept at ShinBay in Scottsdale.
Traditional omakase houses in Japan can present up to fifteen different courses. Many of them are quite small, similar to Banchan in Korean cuisine. However, the quality of ingredients is more refined. In fact, the seafood served at ShinBay is always fresh, flown in from different parts of the world every day. It’s so fresh that oftentimes the exotic species on your dinner plate may have been swimming in the seas that very morning. Chef Shinji follows a multi-course path that never fails to impress at every dinner service. Moreover, since the creativity of the chef is on display, prepare your palate for a different way to experience Japanese cuisine in all its glory, where each plate arrives at your table impeccably and beautifully.
Additionally, at a traditional omakase house, the option to order a la carte is usually frowned upon and libations are also excluded. At ShinBay, some of those drinks include an eclectic array of beer, cocktails and sake. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at 3720 N. Scottsdale Road, if you have never experienced this style of Japanese cuisine, you will undoubtedly leave the doors with a large list of superlatives describing every facet and detail.