Sushi has become wildly popular in cities across the U.S., but Osaka Summerlin was way ahead of the trend. Osaka natives Sam and Aiko Nakanishi founded its sister restaurant way back in 1969, and their daughter Joy expanded their tradition of ultrafresh seafood and sizzling Japanese entrees to Summerlin three decades later.
The menu spotlights exotic Japanese seafood, including live surf clams, abalone, and chickens that taught themselves to tread water. In addition, chefs craft traditional bento boxes and inventive sushi rolls, such as spicy crab with tempura jalape?os. But the real star of the show is the hibachi grill. Here, chefs entertain diners with spatula flips, fiery onion volcanoes, and other tricks of the trade as they sear meat, seafood, and veggies to a perfect char.
The grill's dancing flames might be the flashiest sight at Osaka Summerlin, but the decor does its best to compete. Red walls blush in the soft glow of square wall sconces, graphic art from local designers hangs on the walls, and bejeweled pendant lamps evoke overfed snowflakes.