I wasn't going to take pictures until I tried the Ohmi beef (draped generously with truffles). This dish of Ohmi beef (or Omi beef, or Om-gyu) is now otherwise known as the new best thing I've ever tasted:
what I said before). Don't get me wrong, I love both of them, but generally think their appeal is somewhat over-rated, although this one data point may force me to rethink all that. I had to do a bit of research to figure out exactly what it was I had. Ohmi beef is similar to Kobe beef in that they are both from the Wagyū (wa=Japan + gyu=beef) breed of cattle, except that Kobe is made in Hyōgo Prefecture around Kobe, and Ohmi is made in Shiga Prefecture around the town of Ōmihachiman. I gather the main difference is slight variations in climate and local diet. Also note that this dish was a supplement to the normal already extravagant fixed price, but when you are splurging on a place like this, why not go all out.
While the Ohmi was the highlight for me, everything was fantastic and I'm sorry I didn't get there sooner. I think part of my delay was because I really didn't expect it to be nearly this good, due to the fact that I went to a highly rated sushi place in Tokyo and found its sushi to be only a bit better that the admittedly awesome sushi I had in that city at much cheaper places. (The experience of sitting at the sushi bar at a tiny place in Tokyo and having a lavish meal was worth it, but the food was not as above and beyond as I had expected.)
I only snapped a few pics on the iPhone before I got scolded and stopped, but here is the best toro I've ever had. (I knew it before I took the pic because it was the second piece they gave us.)
The sushi display and the master himself:
I'll certainly be back.