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Wondering where you can savor the best omakase in Philadelphia? The answer, according to culinary website Food and Wine, is DK Sushi, the Japanese restaurant located in Franklin’s Table. 

Omakase means “I’ll leave it up to you” in Japanese and is “a sushi dining experience entirely in the hands of a chef; every dish a vehicle to show off their skills, preferences and vision,” according to Philly Voice.

In a June article, Food and Wine writer Regan Stephens sampled DK Sushi’s omakase, a Japanese version of a tasting menu, at the food court on the corner of 34th and Walnut streets. 

The meal features 13 courses at a price of $35, with an array of dishes including “delicate hamachi brightened with lemon and layered with cucumber and tempura crisp, flash-cured salmon loin rubbed with ginger, broiled freshwater eel atop a sushi rice hashbrown, and a piece of Wagyu beef tataki dotted with heart of palm salad maki and tender sea urchin,” according to Food and Wine.

“We’re challenging the notion that fast sushi isn’t fresh, or good,” Michael Schulson, founder of the Schulson Collective, told Food and Wine. “The fish we use is just amazing quality — it’s the same stuff we use at our other restaurants. There’s no compromising, there’s no integrity loss. That’s what the omakase is showing.”

DK Sushi is one of a number of casual restaurants in Franklin’s Table, joining falafel joint Goldie, pizzeria Pitruco, and meat-lover’s paradise KQ Burgers, to name a few.

Franklin’s Table opened in March 2018 and replaced the old Moravian Food Court, which housed fast food chains such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

Want advice on where to eat at Franklin’s Table other than the acclaimed DK Sushi? Consult 34th Street’s handy guide to dining at the food court.

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