With more than 45 years of history behind it, Osaka is run by a family who knows how to separate its business from the competitive Las Vegas restaurant scene. The formula requires award-winning chefs and and three distinct menus to appeal to as many sensibilities as possible. In addition to curry-kissed udon noodles and inventive makimono, Osaka's dishes also feature imported delicacies from Japan such as live surf clams, certified Kobe beef, and bonito.
And to mirror its menus' diversity, the staff has created three specific dining experiences to accommodate everything from peaceful, romantic dates to nights out with an energetic crew. A tatami room sets diners on traditional woven mats in a private setting surrounded by backlit Japanese screens. For live entertainment, there's watching the chefs' showy knife skills at work and even occasional music acts at the teppanyaki area and sushi bar.
Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi intersperses inventive sushi rolls with Japanese entrees, finger fare, and half a dozen sakes served hot or cold. A wood-framed, square sushi bar dominates the space, backed by an accent wall that captures the shimmering hues of a flame. Patrons can sidle up to the sushi bar to enjoy seaweed cylinders flung into their mouths directly from the chefs’ knife, or settle at a table along a chartreuse wall. In addition to using fresh fish, the restaurant's sushi selection reverses traditional rolls with ingredients such as Korean-style barbecue short rib or pickled pumpkin. Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi's chefs also think outside the cylinder as they whip up conical and spherical entrées of Asian-style barbecue and teriyaki accompanied by imported Asian beers and saketinis.
Inaka Sushi takes taste buds on a culinary exploration with a varied spread of Japanese cuisine. Like the diaries of many teenagers, the restaurant’s menu has an entire section set aside for sashimi, including Cajun albacore and hamachi. Skilled sushi chefs carve 20 different varieties behind the bar while culinary artists piece together hearty combination entrees in the back kitchen.
Samurai Sam’s aims to help its customers eat smarter by offering fast-food meals made from healthy Japanese recipes, a novel concept that resulted in the eatery being lauded by Entrepreneur magazine as a top Asian-fast-food franchise. At more than 40 locations in 17 states, cooks top bowls of steamed rice or yakisoba noodles with wok-cooked vegetables, lean meats such as chicken and salmon, and their signature Samurai Sam’s teriyaki sauce. The kitchen staff also craft salads from crisp lettuce, cucumbers, and other fresh vegetables tossed with light dressings, chicken breast, and wonton strips or crunchy noodles. Egg rolls and crab puffs, which are grilled instead of fried, help round out the health-friendly menu.
In 1971, Jimmy Nishiyama introduced the city of Las Vegas to Japanese hibachi cuisine. Three decades later, and the friends have stayed very much in touch. During that time, Geisha House, Nishiyama's brainchild, has grown to fill three locations and eight menu pages. Colorful specialty sushi rolls, such as the baked Japanese Lasagna—cream cheese and mayo atop a crabmeat and avocado roll—make fitting partners for grilled lobster, filet mignon, or scallops in hibachi dinners. Nearly 30 varieties of sake trip merrily across the palate, while the Geisha martini blends sake with plum wine and a treasure trove of James Bond jokes.