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Omakase Restaurant, refined design with a surprise menu

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The Omakase is a new restaurant in Shanghai characterized by an extremely refined Interior design curated by the Shanghai Hip-hop Design Team and where the chef decides what one should eat.

Omakase is a Japanese term that means “I leave you the choice” or “I trust you” and it is often used in sushi bars or Japanese restaurants.

Basically when you go for the Omasake order, the chef will prepare what he likes following his own creativity; a tasting menu specifically for you, for you to try a little bit of everything. The menu does not include only sushi and raw fish, but lots of dishes prepared with different cooking techniques, hot pot, steamed, grilled, tempura, etc. This is the philosophy that exists within the Omakase Restaurant in Shanghai (1-2F, No.22, Lane 320, Tianping Lu, Xuhui) located in a district full of restaurants offering dishes from all over the world.  However, the original surprise menu is certainly not the only reason to try this new restaurant designed by the Shanghai Hip-hop Design Team and inspired, as one of the group members explains, by the beauty and ephemerality of the Sakura -the cherry flower- one of the symbols of Japan, whose full bloom lasts only a few days: “Inspired by the love story of Sakura rain, the design of Omakase erased the sadness of story without a trace.

It broke some preconceived traditional ideas and challenged the widely accepted standard of behavior. Started with the design concept of Sakura and dew, the Sakura petals and dewdrops are combined in the glass partition in a creative way, achieving a virtual-real synthesis and crystal-clear decorative effects. At the same time, the boundless pink Sakura is in contrast with the golden Tatami room, as if one entered a Sakura labyrinth. With the dynamic lighting, the blooming Sakura and exquisitely carved dewdrops make a feast of Sakura. Such a poetic environment seized the heart of a maiden. The entire space is just like a freehand brushwork painting, in which every diner becomes a part of the scenery. While enjoying the food, who will not be pleasant and contented in the beauty?”