The Japanese term “omakase” translates to “I leave it up to you,” and it’s a culinary experience that has soared in popularity in recent years. At Taki Omakase in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, patrons dine at a 12-seat counter and allow the chefs to determine their order, resulting in multicourse meals of sushi, nigiri, Wagyu, and other delights. “Taki selects the freshest ingredients directly from the Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo to ensure the highest quality,” says manager Chloe Stunda. “Professional chefs craft delicious courses for each diner, guiding their palate through the rich flavors of Japan.” Taki employees also pair the dishes with Japanese sake, beer, and continental wine. Here, Stunda spotlights a few unique sake pairings.
The Dish: A5 Wagyu with shaved foie gras and truffle purée
The Sake: Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo
Behind the Pairing: Taki utilizes a traditional ishiyaki stone grill to prepare its A5 Wagyu. “The world’s rarest beef deserves to be treated with care, and the flavor will prove that this method yields the best results,” says Stunda. The Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo, she adds, “has a balance of lightness and acidity, complementing the rich flavors of the Wagyu.”
The Dish: Binchotan-seared otoro topped with caviar
The Sake: Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo
Behind the Pairing: “Otoro is the fattiest, most sought-after piece of bluefin tuna,” Stunda explains. “This delicacy is cooked with care, seared by a binchotan, petrified Ubame oak tree charcoal. This traditional method dates back to the Edo period and holds a rich flavor that is impossible to replicate. Binchotan searing otoro releases natural oils in the fish, creating the most blissful ‘melt in your mouth’ sensation.” For the pairing, she recommends Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo for its clean, crisp profile that works well with the natural oils of the otoro.
The Dish: Masunosuke (king salmon) with truffle pearls
The Sake: Kikuhime Daiginjo Genshu
Behind the Pairing: Stunda notes that masunosuke is a fan favorite at Taki, describing the marriage of king salmon and truffle as the ultimate flavor combination. “Kikuhime Daiginjo Genshu ‘Chrysanthemum Princess’ sake is a divine match for the salmon nigiri piece,” she adds. “This sake brightens and enhances the rich umami flavors in this course.”