As I waited for my friend Sheryl to arrive at Omen Omen, I read through the menu. It was a bit confusing, and I actually thought I was missing some pages. (The wait staff must have thought it was weird as I started flipping through the menu left for my friend.) The menu starts with four pages, each with a pre-fixed dinner described, starting at $70 and up. I didn’t feel like spending so much at an average looking place. I flipped to the end where it says A la Carte but there was no separation for appetizers and entrees, a few things had sizes, while most didn’t, and some items looked like they were repeated in English, but different in Japanese. Yes, you can just ask the waitress to explain everything which they will happily and almost adequately do, but couldn’t they just get someone to help them write a better menu? I digress.

So, there’s a sashimi option with the standard type of fish, but no rolls and no sushi, so I took that as a cue that, that’s probably not their thing. My friend Sheryl did have the sashimi which she enjoyed though.

Sashimi

I opted for the Kobe Shabu Shabu. They have three sizes (you have to ask to find out that it means for 1 person, 2 people, or 3) so I ordered it for 1 and the waitress seemed satisfied with that as my entree/meal so I think it’s meant to be an entree, but it’s really not enough food. However, it is quite good. Every piece of meat, mushroom, and scallion is super fresh, beautifully sliced, and I really enjoyed it.

Kobe Beef Shabu Shabu

You get a nice little one person pot, with a nice flame underneath. The sauce is fantastic! It’s perfectly balanced, nice and thick (better for Shabu Shabu), and when you’re done, don’t forget to mix it with the hot pot water (now flavored with stuff) to make yourself a tasty soup.

Steamy Broth 1

So, like I said, not quite enough food, so I ordered what I thought was an appetizer, guessing based on price. The dish of Fried Tofu, Eggplant, and Lotus Root in Kyoto Broth is actually in between what I’d consider an appetizer and an entree. The eggplant pieces were just a tad oily but the rest was fabulous. The tofu was fresh and tender, the broth balanced, and the lotus roots were my favorite (when I don’t normally love lotus roots). They are thinly sliced, a few pieces pressed together, then battered and fried. It changes the texture, making it a bit more starchy and gives the feel of layers.

Fried Tofu in Broth

The Kizu Citrus Flan tasted no different then normal flan. I thought I tasted citrus in one bite but I’m not sure. Yes, my bad for ordering dessert at an Asian restaurant. I’ll try not to do it again.

Kizu Citrus Flan

So I usually kind of give a green light or red light at the end of my restaurant reviews but this ones hard. I enjoyed my food. It’s elegant, the flavors are subtle, ingredients are fresh. It is a little pricey (my dinner was about $50) and the menu is pretty short, so I think some will appreciate it and some won’t. I did.
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