Savory scents beckon diners to the 14 hibachi tables inside Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. Like gymnasts tired of the same old floor routine, morsels of steak, chicken, or seafood tumble atop sizzling teppan grills as personal chefs prepare each meal. Alternatively, tables in the traditional dining room fill with fine pan-Asian fare, from pad thai and General Tso’s chicken to a wide selection of sushi. Osaka also boasts a full bar, a carry-out menu, and a private party room, and caters to families by offering kids their own exclusive bill of fare.
Phin Sushi and Steak's chefs prepare classical maki, sushi, and sashimi with fresh salmon, individually whittled grains of rice, and other familiar ingredients; but also deviate from the norm by incorporating asparagus, dried gourd shavings, and cheddar and monterey jack cheeses into some dishes. Japanese-style entrees include small flourishes that help to distinguish them, such as teriyaki dishes with organic chicken and house-made sauce.
A low-slung sushi bar divides the lounge and dining areas, which share up-tempo music and a modern aesthetic despite their drastically different color schemes. The lounge boasts cool grays and fluorescent backlighting, and the dining section's vibrant red walls and lit sconces create a warmer feel throughout.
The tableside chefs sear meats, seafood, and vegetables near open flame to create a delectable amalgam of Japanese and American cuisine. Sushi and sashimi make use of high-grade tuna and salmon, and hibachi dinners send scallops, swordfish, and filet mignon skating across grills before depositing them on plates. Separate courses of soup, salad, a shrimp and zucchini appetizer, and ice cream help diners remember the exact timeline of meals to make future alibis impeccably believable. Bartenders pour and mix choice libations for patrons behind a turquoise-colored bar facing a pastel mural of Mount Fuji. Timsan's Japanese Steak House also bottles their house ginger dressing and mustard so that customers can replicate the hibachi experience at home using an overheated laptop.
The gastronomic virtuosos at Nakashima of Japan devise traditional Japanese dishes including hibachi entrees and an eclectic array of sushi served in an elegant setting with Asian art and adornments. Ravenous patrons can subdue their growling guts with a hearty selection from the extensive menu, such as fresh oysters ($7.95) and vegetable tempura combo ($7.95). Expert chefs prepare hibachi dinners directly on the customers' table, each meat or seafood selection accompanied with house soup and salad, flaming shrimp, vegetables, oolong tea, a sherbet dessert, and a giant funnel for catching flung food morsels ($15.95–$36.95). Sea-chow enthusiasts will enjoy selections from the multitude of sushi, sashimi, and rolls that include all the fish-jammed classics as well as unique specialty rolls such as the Red Dragon filled with shrimp tempura, crab, cream cheese, and cucumber and topped with tuna tartar and hot chili sauce ($9.95), and the Pressed Zushi Box, a chef variety of sashimi, shiso mint leave, cucumber, and tobikko served with wasabi sauce ($14.95).