Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

By on January 21, 2010

Several different Sushi restaurants have opened up around Tulsa in the past year and of course there are some that have been around for a while. I am going to try as many of them as I can. This idea started in March 2009, when I went to Tokyo Garden and had my first taste of a Sushi roll. And although I’m still not big on the raw aspect of it, I LOVE the cooked sushi rolls that most places offer. This is a review of one experience I had at the new Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on 81st and Garnett.

In addition to the Sushi bar they also offer traditional Hibachi Grilling. For this trip however we just got the sushi. The next trip will be to try the hibachi grill. I love the show and the whole aspect of someone cooking in front of you, it’s really exciting to me. Although I would have LOVED to have tried it this visit, we were strictly on a Sushi mission only.

+ Special Roll($7.50) – This is one of my own creation. (more detail below)
+ Spider Roll($7.00) – (more detail below)
+ Rainbow Roll($12.00) – This was one of my friends rolls. It’s California roll topped with smoked salmon, avocado, Unagi(Eel), spinach tempura flakes, red beet tempura flakes, Eel Sauce, and a Kiwi – Wasabi Sauce.I didn’t get to try this one, but from what I could tell it was delicious.
+ Dinner Sashimi Assortment($16.00) – Also one of the other party’s orders(hence why there are no other pictures). It’s Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Octupus, and Whitefish. There wasn’t actually enough of this one to share, or I totally would have asked, just to say I had tried it. But I was never going to get through all of my rolls and she was really enjoying them, so I’ll have to try next time.

My specially created roll was Shrimp Tempura, cream cheese, and cucumber on the inside with Baked Scallop, spicy AND Eel sauce on the outside. It was TOO DIE FOR. With that nice smoothness of the scallop and the crunchy of the tempura shrimp, then a little kick at the end with the Spicy and Eel sauces combined made this roll my favorite.
The Spider Roll has Fried Soft Shell crab, Cucumber, crab meat, and sprout. It also had carrots in it which isn’t listed on the menu. I am totally fine with that I love carrots, but just an FYI if you don’t like carrots.  The roll was sublime, but the best part was the Crab Tempura on the last two rolls. I’ve previously said this, but I’ll repeat, you tempura batter ANYTHING and I’ll eat it. It just makes everything taste 100 times better.

+ Caterpillar($8.00) – Unagi, cucumber, snow crab, tempura crunch, topped with avocado and masago.
+ Lobster Roll($16.00) – This was the most expensive one on the table. It totals a whole lobsters meat. Half in the rolls and half baked in a tail, although it was served cold. Not sure if this was because it was sitting a bit or if it’s actually supposed to be served that way. Either way it was very good. Now whether it’s actually worth $16.00? Maybe not, if they went ahead and put that other half in more rolls instead of just on the side, then yes it would be worth it IMHO.
+ Spicy Tuna Roll($5.00) – Just a regular spicy tuna roll, very good but not very exotic compared to the other options on the menu.
+ Spicy Yellow Tail($5.50) – Another off the generic menu, for those who have their favorites and really want to stay with the reliables. Osakas has about 12 different ones that are staples for the sushi community, where it’s basically prepared the same way at almost every Sushi place you visit.

I ended up with mad leftovers as shown on my blog. And for the most part I really enjoyed myself. However there were certain aspects that I did not enjoy. Firstly, my reservation was taken by another customer. When I walked in it was PACKED and I mean bursting at the seams with people. I finally get up to the hostess and tell her my name and she says that I’ve already checked in. Obviously I hadn’t so she pages the person that took my reservation and when she gets up there they ask her if that was her name, she looks at me oddly, and says of course it’s her reservation, then has this attitude like “How dare you accuse me of lying”. I had already told the hostess I would just make another one and wait, I didn’t want to cause any drama. 😉 So I make another one, with an hour wait on it, and just assume it was a simple misunderstanding. That would not be nearly enough to spoil my night.

So my party gets there and I go back to the hostess and she tells me that since we are just wanting sushi they could seat us right away. Nightmare wait averted and we breeze in and sit at our table. Nice. They come with the warm towels to wipe our hands down and let us know the waiter will be right over. And he was, in a prompt fashion, but this would be the only time he would be prompt. He brought us our drinks and took our order then we had to wait.

Now in Osaka, the Sushi bar has its own separate tables and waiters from the Hibachi grill ones. He may have been floating between the two I’m not sure, but I never actually saw him go over to the side with the grills so his absence was unusual. I was through my drink before the rolls even came and he never came back for a refill. I ended up sending someone at my table to the bar for a refill, just couldn’t bear to tear myself away from mah sushi rolls. 😉 The chefs brought the rolls to us when they were finished making them. Which I believe is the norm with Osaka. But I’m thinking the waiter still should have come back to check on us in between the initial drinks and giving us our checks.

I’d say the time in between ordering and receiving our sushi rolls was not abnormal, it was a nice amount of time, not too much and not too little. Like I’ve said before you don’t want them super fast, you just don’t. As if you couldn’t tell from the pictures, the presentation was amazing and they tasted wonderful too. There was nothing that I tried that I didn’t like, nothing even that I was ‘iffy’ about. I loved all the food we were served.

Congrats Osaka for opening up down the road from me, we shall meet again real soon.

Graded on a scale of 1-10(10 being the best)
Atmosphere = 7
Presentation = 10
Taste = 10
Portion Size = 8
Waiter = 3

To read more reviews from The Isolated Dreamer’s Food Bloggy Blog go here. There are also a ton of EXTRA pictures for this review there!

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
81st and Garnett
Tulsa, OK
(918) 872-6014

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