My first omakase in OC! Entrance is a simple, wooden door. It's very low key and feels like a hidden room. Counter seats 8-10?? Very clean and sanitary interior. The lighting of the space highlights the Master in the room on stage. His space was organized; nothing unused was left on the table top, and everything is lined up/cleaned. Loved this aspect of the place, feels very Ginza. Servers/Master are welcoming, alert and attentive to detail throughout. Your cup of water is always full and unneeded items removed from your space/table swiftly. Careful explanation about every dish. Master is Japanese, so he can provide an explanation Bilingually. From our conversation, I admired his detail to his craft, and passion to express his procedure to his customer. Thank you! Every dish was amazing; Each tasting distinct and celebrates the fresh quality of the seafood in your mouth. Master pairs each fish well with unique condiments/sauces, and unwraps flavors of even unfamiliar fish. The omakase is colorful, flavorful and leaves you full. I don't drink, but I enjoyed my meal with hot green tea. The dessert was a highlight for my matcha-loving friend. I enjoyed a course/set for Valentines Day 4 stars for variety, but I am picky: Uni-Chutoro can be served separately???, limited grilled/fried option in set. However, I am from Tokyo, so I may seek a more traditional angle to omakase. I'd love to return in a different season, perhaps in the fall :)
Quick Summary Excellent customer service and very solid and creative omakase. Disappointed that I wasn't able to make it for their foie gras and A5 wagyu, but still a great experience, nonetheless. Reservations are a must, as there is very limited seating. Food- 5 stars I commend Ikko for adding plenty of variety in their dishes. My only knock was for the scallop course, but everything else was wonderful. The amberjack, mackerel and the trout were my favorite pieces Service- 5 stars The service is fantastic. It's an up-scale Japanese style where a waiter is basically staring you down from the side, to make sure your water is always full and your dishes are always clear. You're well taken care of here Parking- there's plenty of parking available in the strip mall Bottom Line Very solid experience and great value as well. The diverse and creative menu along with the customer service were the best draws of the restaurant. Will be coming back!
Fantastic omakase, if you like trying different types of Japanese cuisine, in addition to sushi. Great service, too.