Omakase is a spiritual companion and counterpoint to Kaiseki, the elaborate multi-course Japanese meal built around seasonality, quality ingredients and simple preparations. There is one key difference though. While kaiseki is a highly ritualized meal with a specific ebb and flow, omakase changes with each occasion, with the chef making decisions about what to cook mid-course. The truth of omakase lies in the word itself—directly translated, it means "I leave it up to you." This is typically driven by the ingredients available to chef, which are customarily selected based on both quality and seasonality.