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20-Course Omakase At Otoko Austin

June 13, 2018

20-Course Omakase At Otoko Austin

I finally dined at Austin’s fine dining Japanese restaurant, Otoko, located inside South Congress Hotel on South Congress! Otoko is set up with 12-seats in front of the bar and it only does 2 seatings a night so 24 lucky diners in one night. No walk-ins, you have to make reservations via their ticketed system, available in 3-month increments. In May, Otoko released seatings for June, July, and August. In September, Otoko will release seatings for October, November, and December. Otoko’s intimate cocktail bar, Watertrade, is open to the public if you want to try a cocktail or two.

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Otoko offers a multi-course omakase ($150 per person) that blends Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki into a unique tasting menu (selected and prepared by Otoko’s chefs based on ingredient availability and seasonality) in an intimate dining experience with Head Chef Yoshi Okai and a “sushi night” on Wednesdays, which is a traditional omakase-style sushi dinner ($200 per person). Wine pairings are available for $90/person, sake pairings are available for $75/person, and tea pairing ares available for $50/person.

From the moment we were seated, we were swiftly led from course to course by Yoshi of different flavors, textures, and scents. The 20-course omakase experience is hard to describe in words so I can only tell you to experience it for yourself!

 

Sawagani

1. SAKIZUKE

Swagani, chayote squash, kikurage, and lime. Our meal started with a light salad with this tiny but surprisingly flavorful crispy crab.

 

Escargot

2. ZENSAI

Escargot, nanbanzuke (onion, carrot, chili), sushi rice cracker, and shiso.


SUSHI

First up is the sushi course. Chef Yoshi expertly slices and prepares each sushi in front of you and it’s seasoned perfectly so don’t add soy sauce!

 

White Sea Bass

3. WHITE SEA BASS

 

Kanpachi

4. KANPACHI

 

5. SHIGOKU OYSTER

Oops slurped the oyster too fast and forgot to take a photo of it.

 

Mishima Wagyu

6. MISHIMA WAGYU

 

Hirame

7. HIRAME

 

Mehikari

8. MEHIKARI

 

Hon Maguro

9. HON MAGURO

 

Hokkaido Uni

10. HOKKAIDO UNI

 

Madai

11. MADAI

 


MUKOUZUKE

Next course is two dishes served in bowls: ocean trout and sawara.

 

Ocean Trout

12. OCEAN TROUT

Ponzu, Asian pear, Mexican marigold, cucumber weed, frozen tomato.

 

Sawara

13. SAWARA

Fresh onion, tosazu, ginger, dried shimeji, dinosaur kale.


YAKIMONO

 

Lamb's quarter

14. TOMOBARA

Kinoko dashi, ramp, lamb’s quarter.

 

BINCHOTAN

15. BINCHOTAN

Hamachi and smoked tamari.

 

Tamago Dofu

16. TAMAGO DOFU

Warm tofu with shrimp, maitake, edamame, mitsuba, ginger yuzu zest, Hausbar greens, and bubu arare.


AGEMONO

Tempura

17. TEMPURA

Oyster mushroom, hichimmi, ramp, and sansho. This was one of my favorite dishes!


SHIRUMONO

 

Charred avocado soup

18. CHARRED AVOCADO SOUP

Dragonfruit, napoles, serrano, and mint.

 

Mizumono

19. MIZUMONO

Blackberry sorbet with freshly sliced peach and grape.

 

Kanmi

20. KANMI

Natsu no uta. I don’t remember what the ice cream was but it was delicious and then I was alarmed to find fried grasshoppers. Mexican grasshoppers Yoshi clarified haha.


Otoko Austin

OTOKO AUSTIN

1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX
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WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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