Posted on | October 31, 2008 | No Comments
Osaka is one of those restaurants that I’ve kept meaning to go to, but for one reason or another it took me years to get to it. They claim to be Las Vegas’ first Japanese restaurant, established in 1967. The interior is what I’d call ‘old school’ Japanese. There’s a sushi bar, as well as regular tables and separate tatami rooms. The place is a bit like a maze, and could probably use a little bit of a facelift, to be honest. The service was great, though, and they have quite an extensive menu.
Instead of going for only sushi, or one of the dinners, we opted for a variety of items. We had our typical gyoza, and both ordered udon. We also ordered three items off of their new yakitori menu: miso chicken, bacon wrapped asparagus, and bacon wrapped enoki with shiso, which was my favorite of the three. The yakitori items were good, but the bacon was a bit tough and overly-chewy. I have to admit nothing came close to some of the similar items we had at Raku a few weeks ago! The udon was nice, though.. the noodles were cooked exactly the way I like them, with some chew to them, and the broth was steaming hot.
We only ordered one sushi roll, the Asakusa, and it was good, but a bit too spicy for me. It had spicy tuna with fish eggs, and was topped with albacore. The fish was fresh and the flavor was good, but my mouth was literally on fire after two pieces! If you like spicy, this roll is for you.
I’d likely come back here to get the udon. For sushi I’d opt for Sushi Loca, since it’s closer to where I live, less expensive, and the sushi is great there, and for yakitori or small dishes I’d definitely go to either Ichiza or Raku. Of note, though, you can get a 10% off coupon through Osaka’s website.
4205 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102