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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  1. Brian S.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I first saw your food blog several weeks ago and I thought, she should be writing here! So I’m glad you are. Good job! And then there’s your other blog, which taught me what to do if I’m attacked by 1000 zombies. One day I hope to read your latest novel, about Jenny Bellhooks, but I am scared what it might teach me.

    • Kristie Moon

      January 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      LOL, it’s definitely not for the faint heart. Jenny was an experiment in the depths of depression really. I enjoyed writing it but would not be able to do it that deep again. OMG I’m glad someone totally read the Zombie blog and enjoyed it. Thanks!!!

    • Angela

      March 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

      I went to Osaka after reading this post, Had 830 reservations, we were rushed by the wait staff, they got the orders all wrong and the 2 of us who ate the habachi shrimp got horrible food poisoning, I was at Southcrest getting IV fluids the next day. I will NEVER go back, it is a shame because it is a nice looking place.

  2. Josh Anderson

    January 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Awesome write-up! I have been wanting to try this place.

    • Kristie Moon

      January 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      I pass by it almost everyday, from what I can tell on Friday and Saturdays they are packed from about 6-close. But if you want to try on a weekday before 7, you’d have less of a wait. Just an FYI, it was PACKED on the Friday I went.

  3. Vanessa

    January 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    We must have had the same waiter!

  4. Kimmy

    January 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, our waiter was terrible. The food was delicious, but I was seated directly in front of the AC, so I was shivering all night. It was kind of ridiculous, it wasn’t just near the AC, the air was blowing directly on me, but no one else.

    Our chef was a lot of fun, but he did end up throwing a shrimp tail at a table near by and the lady whose plate it landed in was rather upset about it.

    • Erica

      March 1, 2010 at 9:00 am

      We saw a chef accidently throw a knife and I started worring about my safety….

  5. Keith Weldon

    February 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I absolutely love Sushi. This might be our Valentine’s Day!

  6. guest

    September 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Went there for a birthday party and gave them the birthday girl’s cake to put in the fridge. This was just not any cake, this was the specific cake that we had made for her birthday. We told them exactly which party we are with and how many people we were with. They said they’d take care of it. Not to worry. Well, while we are ordering our food, the waiters are singing the birthday BOY next to us happy birthday. All the sudden, here they bring out OUR CAKE, with OUR lit candles and everything. Thank god the birthday girl was not paying attention. One of us walk up to the waiter and tells them, that they have just given our cake to the wrong table and here they are, all 5 of them confused and blaming eachother. We had just gotten there and gave them our cake so what made them think it was time to hand out the cake already, before eating? To make things worse, while they are all arguing, the table with our cake decides to cut the cake and pass it out. I am left there with horror knowing these dumb people are eating a cake they had thought that Osaka complimentary gave to them. 30 minutes later, they come up and quietly say they are going to run and get us another one. BUT WE HAD THIS ONE SPECIALLY MADE. To not ruin the birthday girl’s day, (who by the way, had already saw the cake we had made for her) we told the waiter that that was not going to be okay but that any cake will do at this point. After the boring hibachi show, we get all our plates cleared and here we are stuck waiting. We had told the management to get the cake ready 15 minutes ago and we figured they were taking a while since they had to light the candles. Another 20 minutes pass while we all awkwardly stare at eachother and wonder why it’s taking so long. THEN, the big moment comes. Here comes the cake with no candles and we are all left singing her happy birthday with no candles to blow out. Of course we make a joke out of it but the birthday girl is clearly a little upset after we told her what had happened. I think, surely Osaka will comp but SOMETHING since they had given away our expensive cake and ruined her “big blowing our your candles moment”. We look at our bill and they have generously added a 20% tip to the ticket. We are shocked! No one apologizes. Everyone was too embarassed after giving us their walmart cake they just bought to come by and even ask us how our meal was. Of course, we pay and don’t cause a commotion. All of us leaving with a distaste, un settling feeling in our stomachs. The birthday girl calls the owner after we leave to explain the situation about the expensive cake and unprofessional staff. He simply replys that they don’t handle cakes at Osaka and that we should of just kept the cake at the table the whole time. Well the cake had to be refridgerated! How can you expect us to keep a cake with us when our reservation was at 7 and you couldnt seat us until 8! Ridiculous owners, unprofessional staff, and boring hibachi show. Will never ever go back and will never recommend to anyone. Save your money and get some real sushi at Asahi! They are opening up a location on memorial that has habachi and sushi. Seriously, don’t waste your money. There are plently of places in Tulsa were its cheaper, better service, and better food.

  7. Freward Burdiss

    February 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    My family and I have been dining at Osaka since my girls were 5. I would say that they have enjoyed it from the start. They first bring us hand towels to clean our hands and at that point we knew that this was a very sanitary establishment. Next they brought us out fabulous mushroom soup, which I know sounds strange, but is very delightful. After the soup, they bring you the best salad you will ever have. The dressing is like nothing you have ever tried before. After the soup and wonderful salad your show begins by making their famous fried rice with eggs, steamed carrots, and peas and of course soy sauce, The best soy sauce EVER! I myself would DEFIENTLY recommend the wonderful shrimp. They season it with herbs and fresh lemon. It is probably the best shrimp your taste buds will ever experience. Expect to pay around $100 for a family of 4, it may be a little pricey but for this kind of food, entertainment, and Japanese education, it is a tremendous value.

  8. Kristie Moon

    May 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    The blog has been updated to include a Hibachi visit.

  9. Carrie

    July 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I have eaten at this location three times and will never go back. The service was terrible every time. I ordered a drink from the bar when I first sat down at the table and it took so long to get the chef had begun cooking before it was served. The food was ok, but not good enough to make me want to go again. There are other, much better hibachi restaurants in Tulsa.

  10. Scott

    July 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Other than a southside Mexican place that didn’t last long at all, Osaka is currently the reigning champion for places I’ve received the absolute worst service. If you make “reservations” it appears there is no seating at that time…it simply means you get there at the prescribed time and are given a pager. Huh, how is that any different than just showing up? Our party, who had set plans after had to wait an hour past our supposed “reservations” time. Someone else obviously complained about the seating as well, because they (complainer) came in after us, and was shuttled to a table ahead of the others. After lodging complaints to several people and being ignored, my friend attempted to find the manager. One of the waiters refused to find the manager. Really. We would have left if we had other options on a Sat night for a party of 10. The food wasn’t bad, the chef was just OK. The waitress, once we finally got seated, was in over her head. Non-hibachi food came out wrong, or not at all (until a complaint was lodged). I would highly recommend that if you have a party of more than 2 or 3, you skip this place and go elsewhere. Aside from the lack of caring from the staff, there are plenty of other places which serve steak and seafood which is just plain better.

  11. Nancy Livengood-Miller

    August 7, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I was invited along with other fanily to celebrate my Dad’s 84th birthday. After reading the reviews from this site and others I was very aprehensive about what to expect. It is true that even with a reservation (at least for the Hibatchi grill) you’re not seated till all your party is present. That seems completely reasonable to me since your food is prepared in front of you while you are seated around the grill. The chef who prepared our food gave a wonderful show along with making us one delicious dinner. You get plenty to eat; and if you go away hungary it’s definitely your fault. The waitress and chef were very nice. My husband and I will definitely go back; and will consider this restaurant as somewhere to take our out of town guests for a special treat. The cost may be a little more than what other restaurants may charge; but is not at all out of line for the amount of delicious food you get and the show you get with the chef’s antics in preparing it. All in all very, very enjoyable. A good time, good food and nice staff for sure. Would suggest an earlier reservation; and that everybody be on time. They are a very busy restaurant; and rightly so—they have earned it. Bon Appetit!

  12. Shahna Baugus

    January 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Love habachi shows and have been to all in the area. Osaka is at the bottom and at the top all alone is the fabulous Tokyo Garden.

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