OmG Omakase by Gino

With an advanced 3-month reservation, OmG Omakase by Gino currently has been one of the most sought after seats in Orange County, a restaurant located in Downtown Santa Ana that only seats 10 around the sushi bar. Within less than a year since the opening of the restaurant, it has already gotten many recognition and praises from chefs and foodies throughout the city.

OmG Omakase by Gino

For those that do not know, “omakase” is a meal where you completely entrust in the chef to pick out all of your dishes in your meal. Based on what they think you will like and their expertise, you will follow blindly as they take you through a (hopefully unforgettable) experience with food. Be sure to book a reservation through Yelp here!

It is strongly advised to come 5-10 minutes before your reservation time as the dinner will start promptly. My dinner was on a Saturday at 5:30 PM and we got there about half an hour early. We were directed and seated a few minutes prior to our reservation time, placed our drink orders, and got handed the menu.

OmG Omakase by Gino
The menu as of August 2019.

There are 2 different dinners you can order, either the “House” (top) or the “Seasonal” (bottom) menu. I noticed the prices of the menu has been increased by $15 since the time I made the reservation.

Gino explains the menu and tells you what is on the seasonal selection for the day. For my dinner party, it was Uni, Ootoro, and A5 Wagyu. I opted for the House since I am not a fan of Uni. Unlike other Omakase places, the chef does not ask you if there’s anything you do not like, which is fine but just a difference that I would like to note.

After everyone has been seated and ordered their drinks, Gino started the dinner courses:

OmG Omakase by Gino
One: Tomato with Caviar
OmG Omakase by Gino
Two: Oyster
OmG Omakase by Gino
Three: Monk Fish Liver

I dislike monkfish liver so I gave this dish away.

OmG Omakase by Gino
Four: Seared Toro
OmG Omakase by Gino
Five: Steamed Egg
Six: Sashimi
Seven: Uni Truffle Pasta (cold)

The chef made us a cold take on uni pasta since we were eating in the hot summer weather. The truffle on the pasta smelled so delectable!

Soon after, the server will quickly take away your plate and give you a towel on a tray rest. The towel is for you to wipe your fingers as you grab one by one your sushi off the bamboo serving tray. You can also use your chopsticks if you choose to.

Please do not pay any attention to my soy sauced sushi tray.

OmG Omakase by Gino
Eight: Blue Fin Toro
Nine: Kanpachi Belly Sushi
OmG Omakase by Gino
Ten: Sea Bream with White Soy Sauce
OmG Omakase by Gino
OmG Omakase by Gino
Twelve: Seared Scallops with Uni from San Diego
OmG Omakase by Gino
Thirteen: Clam soup with mushroom
OmG Omakase by Gino
Fourteen: Toro
OmG Omakase by Gino
OmG Omakase by Gino
OmG Omakase by Gino
Seventeen: Ikura
OmG Omakase by Gino
Eighteen: Tamago
OmG Omakase by Gino
Nineteen: Dessert

Seasonal Dishes:

OmG Omakase by Gino

There were 3 seasonal dishes that you can get as an upgrade to the house menu. These are presented in lieu of the dish fourteen, sixteen, and seventeen.

OmG Omakase by Gino
Seasonal selection #14: Toro, caviar, and black truffle
OmG Omakase by Gino
Seasonal selection # 16: A5 Wagyu with gold flake
OmG Omakase by Gino
Seasonal selection #17: Hokkaido Uni

Overall, I was pretty full by the time the dinner ended, but it didn’t deter me from grabbing a beer afterward! Truthfully, I was content with my choice of picking the House menu because the feedback I got from my friend on the Seasonal menu wasn’t enough for me to have FOMO.

She mentioned the Wagyu was torched a little overcooked and the Hokkaido Uni was not as sweet as the San Diego one we received prior. If you have an extra $30 to blow through, I say go for it!

Happy Eating, Sushi Lovers!


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