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Osaka – Japanese Buffet

My sister was in town this weekend for her birthday. We took her to Osaka Sushi Steak & Grill to celebrate. I really like Osaka, because there’s something for everyone there. The main attraction has to be sushi, but there’s a salad bar, noodle bar, hot bar and even hot pot for all the soup lovers. The point is that you don’t have to eat sushi if you don’t want to.

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Isn’t that just the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen? Sushi is like art to me. I like how it’s so colorful. Sushi kind of reminds me of anime. Have you ever seen any of the Studio Ghibli films? Anyway, anytime there’s a food scene I always think to myself, I wonder what that would look like in real life. That’s sushi to me. Anime food come to life.

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Mackerel is my sister’s favorite, but I don’t really like it. I can eat it, but I wouldn’t order it. Mackerel is an oily fish that has a strong fishy taste. I think it tastes the same cooked or raw. It’s definitely a strong flavor. My favorite is Ika or squid which has the least flavor funny enough. A lot of people think it doesn’t have a taste at all. I think it does. I love the crunchy texture but, you have to be careful eating raw squid. It can be chewy and if you don’t do a good job breaking it down you are liable to choke. Have you seen that 80’s movie Hello Again with Shelley Long? She died choking on a “South Korean chicken ball”. You don’t want to go choking on raw squid…

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This was round one. A lot of sushi with some seaweed salad, kimchi, one shrimp tempura and one baked mussel. I ate everything on this place. Well…I may have removed some of the rice. It fills you up way too fast and makes you full before you’re ready. Gotta save room for the other stuff.

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The noodle bar offers three types of noodles. Udon in a mushroom broth, ramen in soy broth (pictured above) and ramen in Thai spicy broth, which is a pale version of Tom Yum. My favorite part is adding the quail egg and fish cakes. Yummy.

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After finishing up that big plate of sushi I only grabbed a few items from the hot/cooked bar. The chawanmushi or steamed egg custard is my favorite. I absolutely love this dish and I only get it at Osaka. I never order it when I’m at other Japanese restaurants. I’m not sure why, but when I’m at Osaka I have to get it.

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Here’s another thing I always get at Osaka. Mapo Tofu. I can’t pass up the soft tofu in chili and bean sauce with minced meat. It’s not as spicy as the ones that you can get at a proper Szechuan restaurant, but it’s still pretty good.img_2636.jpg

Osaka is a great place to take the family so if you’re looking for something a little different I recommend that you give this place a try.

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