We went to the new Osaka in Poplar Plaza a couple of weeks ago, despite the ugly sign. Seriously, I have heard so many people, including Warren, complain about their sign. It's funny to hear people say, "Too many fonts!" I tried to take a picture of it, but failed.
If you think there is a lot going on with the sign, well, you should see the inside. It's very flashy. Again, my photos came out blurry, but here is a shot of the sushi bar. In addition to the sushi bar, there is a private room and a hibachi area. The interior is quite large.
Did I mention the hostess was dressed as a geisha?
This is Osaka's fourth location. We took the monkeys (Satchel, 10, and Jiro, 8) to the Collierville location many many years ago. I was a frequent customer while I was in the roller derby and had a reason to go to Collierville on a regular basis, but it's been awhile since any of us have eaten there.
I was excited to see that they were opening up in the old Bookstar, even though I was really sad to see Bookstar go (and the movie theater before that!). It was kind of fun to see the monkeys wrap their brains around the fact that we were eating in what used to be their favorite bookstore.
We were seated at a table by the kitchen door. This is probably my least favorite place to sit, so I asked if we could scoot down a few tables. Satchel could see the hibachi tables from where we were and wanted to move there, but we told him we'd make a separate trip for hibachi.
We were given hot towels and proceeded to place our drink orders. It was water for everyone and hot tea for Warren. Jiro was immediately annoyed that I did not order him a Sprite. He has become a serious soft drink freak.
Warren thought his tea cup was silly, and didn't like that the waitress came to refill it. Typically, they bring a pot to the table at Asian restaurants.
We also thought the water glasses were over the top, but the kids liked choosing a color.
What I like best about Osaka is the option to order a half roll. I ordered four halves. Warren went with an early bird special with sushi and tonkatsu. The monkeys wanted crunchy shrimp rolls and soup. Satchel, who was still licking his lips from our trip to Bucanas said, "I want a crab or a fish or something I can pick apart." So I also got him a soft shell crab appetizer.
The salad that came with Warren's meal was pretty standard. He noted that they are still using the "cheap ass chopsticks." "Think of their electric bill for the sign alone," I joked. "They have to save money somewhere."
Satchel gave the miso soup the thumbs up.
Jiro, who you can see expressing his devastation in the photo above, eventually ordered himself a Sprite.
The food came out very fast and looked good. Warren's rice lost its shape on the way out, they forgot his tonkatsu sauce, and the pork wasn't hot, but he was pleased overall.
Satchel was not at all impressed with the softshell crab. I guess because it was too easy to eat?
They did like the sushi, although they weren't able to eat it all. (Three crunchy shrimp rolls, two without cucumber.)
The waitress was blown away when Satchel started using his chopsticks. She made a point of praising him, which was sweet.
My dinner won prettiest.
Close up of the Hawaiian.
Totally blanking on the name of this one.
Or maybe this was the spicy tuna?
Sad that I can't remember what I ordered. They all tasted good. I was sooooooooo stuffed.
Our total came to $59 plus tip, which is about right for a sushi dinner for four. I'm not sure Osaka will win us away from Sekisui, but we might go for the lunch boats one day. We miss those. Satchel will probably hold us to our hibachi promise too.
One last thing--look what I saw in the ladies room!
Tell me which rolls you like...or send me good a picture of the sign!