OMakase by Gino (OMG) – Santa Ana – Dec 2018 – Just Opened

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Chef Gino Choi unveiled OMakase by Gino on North Main Street in late December; the 10-seat restaurant is the latest addition to the corner of Downtown that includes MixMix Kitchen Bar and Mission Bar.

Chef Gino’s OMG is a true omakase experience for serious Orange County sushi lovers, highlighted by fish flown in daily from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, plus an array of local seafood from purveyors Gino has worked nearly 20 years to seek out and build relationships with.

The result is an explosive, intense journey through the mind of one of North Orange County’s most celebrated sushi chefs.

Omakase is a chef’s choice tasting menu of appetizers, sashimi, nigiri, signature dishes (owan) and dessert.

The menu at OMG changes daily, and features an array of fish and seafood including otoro, bluefin tuna, Japanese kampachi, seasonal rockfish and more. Other ingredients Gino features include Hokkaido uni, Kushii and Kumamoto oysters, flying fish eggs, clams, blue crab, scallops, foie gras, monkfish liver and tomago.

Gino’s techniques and his rice preparation earned a large following across North Orange County and landed him at No. 5 on OC Weekly’s Top 100 in 2016.

OMG replaces Gu Ramen Taps & Tapas. Gino took the location over in the summer and refurbished the space himself to make it the beautiful showcase for his craft that it is.

MENU & DINING

Dining at OMG is currently $105 prix-fixe and includes:

Three Appetizers

One Sashimi Plate

Ten Pieces of Nigiri

Two Owan (Signature Dishes)

Dessert

Optional drinks include Sake (Dassai, Kubota, Shichida, Hakkaisan, Horin); Beer (Asahi, Echigo, Kirin, Sapporo, Hitachino); Wine (Trefethen, True Myth, J. Lohr); hot or cold matcha, espresso and macchiato.

RESTAURANT SOURCING

Gino has has been working with International Marlin Products for 15 years to get local and Japanese seafood. The same purveyor served Gino’s teacher and they formed a special relationship. IMP services mostly Los Angeles, but continues to work with Gino because of their bond.

HOURS

One Seating per Night before mid-January

6:15 p.m.

Two Seatings per Night after mid-January

5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Address: 304 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 92701

Phone: 657.231.6008

Website & DM Reservations: instagram.com/omakasebygino

 

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