An Omakase Boom Is About to Hit Philly

Three upcoming concepts will specialize in this Japanese style of chef-driven tasting menu.

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Hiroki, currently under construction behind Mulherin’s, is set to open in November.

Philly has a handful of great omakases, Japanese restaurants like Royal Izakaya and Double Knot that specialize in elaborate, sushi-centric tasting menus, often with courses in the double digits. We told you about another — Hiroki, the namesake restaurant of longtime Morimoto chef Hiroki Fujiyama that’s coming to Fishtown in November — earlier this month.

Now, reports that two more omakase concepts are set to open in Philadelphia, one in Queen Village and another in Old City.

Sakana Omakase Sushi is slated to open its doors on October 1st at 616 2nd Street. The 12-seat spot is the first Philly venture for Sam Lin, a chef with 10 years of experience in Manhattan under his belt. Lin will offer three different omakase experiences: a $58 12-course option that takes about half an hour, an hourlong tasting with 18 courses for $88, and a 27-course extravaganza that will run you $138 and take about 90 minutes.

Further out (at least a year) is bi-level bar and restaurant Ikki, which will open at 310 Market Street in Old City, right next to High Street on Market. No details yet on the menu.