Best place for group dining! Osaka is a cut above the rest for a Japanese dining experience. Osaka's two locations offer a choice of just off the strip or on the west side of town. You also have a choice of seating; sushi bar, around-the-grill, private table or a tatami room. The menu is extensive with a fantastic selection of fresh sushi and sashimi. Traditional Japanese appetizers like edimame (parboiled salted soy beans) and gyoza (pork dumplings) are a great beginning for any meal.
The hibachi grill is a good place for dining if you have Japanese and non-Japanese cuisine lovers in your party. A few handfuls of edimame with a Sapporo beer and you could be in Tokyo. Or you can order a succulent new york steak or filet mignon, chicken breast or seafood such as shrimp, scallops and lobster. The chef will prepare the food in front of you while he delights the table guests with his culinary skills and artistic knife handling. It was refreshing when our meal began with crisp thin asparagus and crunchy onions. A nice change from that run-of-the-mill zucchini served everywhere else. Our chef designed a perfect volcano while cooking the onions which actually blew steam and emitted small spurts of" lava" sparks. Quite a show! For this review I sat at the hibachi grill table. The shrimp appetizer was delicious with or without the provided mustard sauce and ginger sauce. I ordered my favorite, filet mignon and lobster tail combo. It's amazing how these chefs can prepare your steak to perfection in so little time. And let's not forget the bowl of white rice, a perfect compliment to the tasty entree..
If you do find a little room left after dinner, the dessert menu can help finish off the meal. I opted for the Ice Cream Tempura. Yum! Rich, smooth ice cream which is battered and deep fried. Then they slice it on a plate covered in chocolate sauce with mounds of whipped cream.
The service was a little slow but the bus help made up for it. The chef was delightful even though he didn't speak much Japanese. They offer full bar service and a nice selection of foreign in beers. The atmosphere in the new west side location is abit more upscale while the other location feels more like a place in Shinjuku. Prices are moderate.