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Tahk Omakase brings traditional Japanese sushi to Steamboat

John Ames, who is also know by his Japanese name Tahk Sungtae, will open Tahk Omakase Sushi at 737 Lincoln Ave. in the location that was home to O'Neils Tavern and Grill, which moved to a new location on Eighth Street.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When the doors of Tahk Omakase Sushi open in December, owner John Ames believes his new restaurant will fill Steamboat Springs’ hunger for authentic Japanese sushi and create a unique dining experience in the heart of downtown.

“The concept is traditional Japanese sushi,” said Ames, who also goes by the Japanese name Tahk Sungtae. “I’ve been trained in an art of traditional Japanese sushi for 20 years, and I have two Japanese chefs who also bring a lot of experience.”

Ames plans to open Tahk Omakase on Dec. 4, offering a high-end traditional Edomae-style sushi experience at 737 Lincoln Ave. in the space that used to be home to O’Neils Tavern and Grill, which moved to a new location on Eighth Street. Ames will also offer “Izakaya,” a more pub-oriented menu with small plates for his customers.

Ames, who has worked in high-end Sushi restaurants in Aspen and San Francisco and trained with celebrity sushi chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, explained the “Omakase” experience will feature a menu designed by him, as executive chef, and will include meals created with top-quality, sustainable ingredients from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan. Featured ingredients will include bluefin tuna, golden eye snapper and yellowtail, as well as several types of sea urchins and salmon. The meal will also include appetizers and a selection of Saki.

“It is the chef’s choice,” Ames said. “You sit there for an hour and have this best experience in front of this main sushi chef.”

Seating is limited at the sushi bar, with just six seats available for each of three seatings at 4:30, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. each night.

Ames will also offer customers the “Izakaya” menu featuring small plates. He will man the sushi bar, while Koji Maesato and Akira Fuji take care of those who come through the doors without reservations. The two chefs have roots in Japan and 20 years of restaurant experience.

In addition to the sushi, Ames said customers will find signature items like a miso black cod appetizer, chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken) and beef tataki (beef tenderloin)

“As a chef, I’m very passionate about what I do, and I also care about the products that comes here. The quality is huge for me,” Ames said. “I want this town of Steamboat to see 25 to 30 different fish every month.”

Tahk Omakase will be open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights and from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on weekends.

“My goal is to bring the best product, the best quality, so that my customers can have the best experience Steamboat can offer,” Ames said.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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