Saturday Night Sushi

Osaka

Collingswood, NJ
http://www.osaka720.com
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Last Saturday was uneventful for me. I ran errands, did laundry and cleaned the house. All things I dislike. Just as I was winding down for the night at around 8:30, a friend of mines called me and said he was in the mood for sushi. Tuh! Oh really, well of course I’ll go with you. (He really didn’t ask me though). See when food is involved, I always find a way to insert myself. LOL. Anyway,  I actually had a Groupon for what I thought was a restaurant I’ve been to before. Turns out it was a different spot. 

We got to Osaka around 9:45p. It’s a little BYOB & hibachi restaurant as well. Upon entering you’ll find the ambiance kinda soothing. There’s a large Buddha in the corner that greets you; and as I looked around I noticed it was comfortable enough for a casual visit but nice enough for a romantic date. 

  

Big Buddha.

There are two dining areas, one for sushi and one for hibachi. Clearly everyone wanted hibachi that night because the main dining room was quite empty. I didn’t mind though because I love a quiet and intimate space. 

Empty Dining Room

Now let me give you a disclaimer: I like sushi but I’m not a connoisseur. I’m still a beginner, I leave the fancy rolls to my friends Aisha & Rodney who are the ultimate sushi lovers. But this was the first time I had sushi where I noticed a difference. 

But first let’s start with the service. The waitress whose  name I don’t know because she never introduced herself was attentive but it was pointless because there was a language barrier and she didn’t understand anything we said. I saw that there were a few “special rolls” but when I asked Nameless Waitress to tell us more about it she looked at us like we had 2 heads. That was definitely disappointing to me because I like to ask questions about different rolls so I depend on a waiter who can provide details.  

We started with the shrimp dumplings as an appetizer. They were the norm. Cooked well and tasted good. I ordered a spicy tuna roll and shrimp tempura roll. My usuals. 

Spicy Tuna & Shrimp Tempura

While my sushi was presented well, the taste was something different. As soon as I picked up my 1st piece of spicy tuna it fell apart. The sushi wasn’t rolled tight at all, wrapped poorly which meant I had to get a little creative dipping in the sauce. The taste didn’t have a wow factor either.  The rice seemed a bit mushy or wet, which created a texture that I wasn’t feeling. The tempura was a little better; had a good taste but again some of the pieces fell apart.
  
My friend ordered the ‘four seasons roll’ -that included tuna, salmon, fluke, white tuna cucumber wrapped with soy paper in wasabi sauce! And the ‘king crab roll’-crab, advocado, cucumber with caviar. Both sound delish right? Well I wouldn’t know because I didn’t sample his but he did say both were good. 

   
 
And once again the four seasons roll fell apart. I didn’t even bother mentioning this to Nameless Waitress when she asked how our food was because it would have turned into a guessing game of what I’m saying. Instead I smiled and told her it was great. Lol.  I’m one of those people who doesn’t throw in the towel after one bad experience (unless the service is completely unacceptable) so I’ll probably try Osaka again, maybe giving the Hibachi a chance. Oh and I’ll need to have another Groupon because I like saving coins especially on sub par food. 

  
Eat fab xo,

Dana

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2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Sushi

  1. Sheen says:

    Congrats sis on Pasta and Paisley my first time reading but won’t be my last love you keep up the good work…Food looks delish but I only eat the veggie rolls I commend you..Lol but it was a great read on sushi and the your experience at the restaurant… KudosπŸ˜™πŸ˜™

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