Review of Royal Sushi, Philadelphia – Omakase Experience with Chef Jesse Ito

From the moment we stepped into Royal Sushi, we knew we were in for a treat. The ambiance set the tone for an evening of culinary delight, and Chef Jesse Ito did not disappoint.

Our Omakase experience consisted of a 17-course menu, each dish meticulously crafted and presented. The journey began with the KAKI – a delicate combination of Kumamoto Oyster and Toro Tartare, accentuated with chives. The freshness of the oyster paired beautifully with the richness of the toro.

The BOTAN EBI was a harmonious blend of spot prawn and scallop with hints of ginger and garlic.

The HOTATE showcased a live scallop, perfectly complemented by a touch of lime and black salt.

The MIRUGAI was a revelation – Geoduck with Kombu Butter Clam Belly, a hint of lemon, and nori.

The CAVIAR UNI GOLD was a luxurious treat, with Osetra, sea urchin, and a touch of gold.

As we progressed through the menu, each dish was a testament to Chef Ito’s expertise and passion. The ISAKI (Threeline Grunt) and SAWARA (Charred Spanish Mackerel) were both impeccably prepared.

The SUZUKI, a combination of seabass, toro, and scallion, was a delightful surprise.

The KUROMUTSU (Bluefish with chive garlic) and MADAI (Seabream with tartare and Osetra caviar) were both standout dishes, showcasing the chef’s ability to balance flavors and textures.

The KINKIDAI (Thorny Head with Yuzu Kosho and Sudachi) was a burst of flavors, while the ABURI SAKE (Torched King Salmon Belly) melted in the mouth.

The SHIMA AJI (Striped Jack) and SABA (Cured Chub Mackerel with sesame sauce) were both exceptional, leading us to the final courses.

The AKAMI (Lean Bluefin Tuna from Spain) was a testament to the quality of ingredients used.

The CAVIAR TORO and TORO UNI TEMAKI were the perfect ending to our meal, with the fatty bluefin tuna, Osetra, sea urchin, scallion, and nori creating a symphony of flavors.

To accompany our meal, we opted for a bottle of Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai. Its smooth and refined taste was the perfect accompaniment to our Omakase experience.

In conclusion, our dining experience at Royal Sushi was nothing short of spectacular. Chef Jesse Ito’s passion and expertise shone through in every dish. For those seeking an unforgettable culinary journey, Royal Sushi’s Omakase experience is a must-try.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.