Once you’ve made the cut (apply online), you’ll receive directions to an unmarked location where the door is not only closed, it’s locked. Knock and they’ll verify your identity and finally lead you into Chef Yama’s 15 seat domain. He’s behind the bar using his mad knife skills to immerse you in an omakase/Japanese small dish excursion of Olympic proportions. In around four hours, there are 24 courses to sample—all delicious: Some recognizable, some not, but it’s worth being adventurous (Chef Yama famously went down a few years back for serving whale). It’s BYOB so bring sake to share between your crew and Chef Yama.

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