Last week I had the pleasure of attending my third Omakase Buffalo event and just like the other two, it was a fantastic evening. This event was titled “Destination” and the theme of the night was to escape the freezing cold temperatures outside and take your mind to a warmer, relaxed place with the help of Caribbean music, punch style cocktails and a menu featuring seafood dishes from warmer areas of the world.
The first Omakase dinner (“Propagation”) was more of a fine dining affair while the second dinner (“Provenance”) was casual, family style of dinner with a buffet. The atmosphere for “Destination” was a mix of both. The 5 course dinner was more structured and paced but the interaction with the other diners, cocktails and music made the event fun and free flowing.
The evening started off with conch and lump crab fritters and ‘Punch Style’ cocktails. After realizing I could add my own rum to the cocktails, I immediately started to enjoy them even more. The first course included Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna that was flown in overnight the day before and marinated with some sesame oil and served with crispy taro chips. It was some of the best tuna I’ve ever had in my life. The second course was a scallop and shrimp ceviche that really showcased the flavor of the fresh seafood. Third course included a conch chowder with an intensely flavored broth that was poured for each guest at their seat. The fourth course involved a ‘do it yourself’ taco with a fried piece of corvina, corn tortillas, avocado, cumin rice and pickled red onion. Finally the desserts came; a large plate of churros with chocolate sauce and a mason jar filled with tres leches cake and then topped with salted yogurt ice cream.
Just like the other Omakase events before it, the dinner was amazing and the company was just as good. Sitting at long communal tables, all of the diners were encouraged to interact with their neighbors and I found myself making some new friends. I’ve been incredibly lucky and fortunate to be invited to the first three events so far and while I don’t expect to continue having such good luck forever, I can’t wait to see/read about future Omakase Buffalo events this year. If you consider yourself a foodie, you need to visit Omakase Buffalo’s registration page and fill out their form to put yourself on the waiting list. For what you get in terms of experience and food, these events are incredibly affordable and so much fun.
If you’d like to see all of our pictures from the dinner, check out our Facebook gallery here.