Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Dine in dignity with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of Japanese cuisine at Osaka Sushi & Japanese Cuisine, valid after 4 p.m. at both the Frankfort Avenue and West Market locations.
Osaka's expert sushi coilers showcase more than 50 sushi rolls on the extensive menu of authentic Japanese fare. Cast tongues into two-piece nigiri spreads, netting raw bounty from the sea that includes yellow tail ($5.95), squid ($4), and Canadian clam ($4.50) served atop rice. Crayfish, cream cheese, and jalapeño star in the specialty Crown roll ($11.95), and the Fire Dragon roll’s freshwater eel and avocado flit across taste buds in a highly choreographed aquatic dance ($10.95). Otherwise, classic rolls—served as an 8- to 10-piece dish—proffer a perfect solution for hankering appetites with signature offerings such as the california roll ($5.95), shrimp-tempura roll ($8.95), and unagi ($7.95). Osaka uses handmade sauces to dress up each of its miniature morsels, which can be enjoyed in the dining room, on the outdoor sidewalk seats, or, upon customer preference, within a cozy portal to another dimension.
Osaka Sushi & Japanese Cuisine
The chefs at Osaka Sushi & Japanese Cuisine roll out more than 50 types of maki, from basic unagi rolls to elaborate specialty rolls, such as the eponymous Osaka roll filled with spicy crab, fried shrimp, and avocado then topped with steamed shrimp and mozzarella, all served on a flaming dish. Nigiri and sashimi present fresh flavors without a protective wall of rice. The aloha roll trades savory flavors for sweets with a core of deep-fried ice cream hidden beneath strawberries and mangoes.