Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Teppanyaki
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: Roseville, MN
Address: 1675 County Road C West Roseville, MN 55113 651-633-3188
- Mon-Thurs 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10pm
- Friday 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-11pm
- Saturday 12pm-11pm
- Sunday 12pm-10pm
Atmosphere: The Roseville location of Osaka Sushi & Hibachi is located at the far end of the strip mall on the northwest corner of Snelling and County Rd C. (same strip mall as Byerly’s and ZPizza). The restaurant is divided into three areas: the dining room, the bar area and the hibachi room. The dining room is to the left when you first walk in, a contemporary space with tables and booths to seat about forty people or so, and a sushi bar at the back to accommodate another dozen. The wall to the left side of the restaurant is interesting to look at, with floor-to-ceiling textured back-lit glass panels in a variety of patterns, nestled between columns of stone bricks.
The sushi bar is a good place to sit if you like to interact with the sushi chefs, or if you want a closer look at the TVs hanging on the wall behind.
The Bar area is the first thing you see when you enter Osaka, centered between the dining and hibachi rooms. It has a contemporary feel to it with the under-bar lighting and hanging pendants above.
To the right of the main entrance is the hibachi room. There are a handful of hibachi tables, each of which seats about 10-12 people. The hibachi chef stands in the center of the table and cooks at the grill built into either side of the table.
Menu: Osaka receives their seafood fresh on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays.
Appetizers include Edamame, Squid Ginger Yaki, Yakitori, Steamed Shrimp Shumai, Calamari, Gyoza, Age Tofu, Vegetable Gyoza, Beef Negimaki, Haru Maki, Soft Shell Crab and Tempura.
Salads at Osaka include Garden Salad, Tataki Salad, Avocado Salad, Seaweed Salad, Kani Salad, Seafood Salad Squid Salad, and House Salad. Soups include Miso, Spicy Miso Vegetable, Onion Soup and Dobin Soup.
Japanese Entrees include Teriyaki (chicken, beef, shrimp, salmon, seafood), Tempura (vegetable, chicken, seafood), Yaki Udon Noodles, Yaki Soba, Nabe Yaki Udon, Seafood Noodle Soup, Una Don, Chicken Katsu, Pork Katsu, and Beef Negimaki.
Sushi and Sashimi selections come with two pieces in an order: Maguro (tuna), Toro (fatty tuna), Spicy Tuna, Hamachi (yellowtail), Ebi (shrimp), Sake (salmon), Smoked Salmon, Ikura (salmon roe), Hirame (fluke), Tobiko (flying fish egg), Unagi (eel), Hotategai (scallop), Amaebi (sweet shrimp), Tamago (egg custard), Kani (crab stick), Saba (mackerel), Hokkigai (surf clam), Uni (sea urchin), Ika (squid), King Crab, Live Giant Clam, Tako (Octopus) and White Tuna.
Osaka Sushi dinners are served with miso soup and salad. Options include Sushi Entree, Sashimi Entree, Chirasi Sushi, Tri Color Sushi, Sushi & Sashimi Combo, Roll Combo, Vegetable Roll Combo, Tekka Don, and Tuna or Salmon Love. You can also order Sishi for 2, Sushi and Sashimi for 2, Love Boat or Chef’s Special.
Rolls and Hand Rolls at Osaka include Avocado, Kappa Maki, Oshinko Maki, Asparagus Maki, Mushroom & Avocado, A.A.C. Maki, Califormia Roll, Boston, Crispy Shrimp tempura Roll, Philadelphia Roll, Eel Cucumber, Salmon Skin Roll, Spicy Snow Crab Roll, Lobster & Avocado, King Crab & Avocado, Dragon Roll, and Spider Roll. Fresh fish rolls include Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Toro, Alaskan, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Spicy Yellowtail, and Rainbow Roll.
Osaka’s specialty rolls include Angel, Crazy, Black Dragon, Osaka, Spicy Girl, Crazy Tuna, Sweet Heart, Naked Girl, Salmon Family Roll, Alligator, No. 9, M.J Roll, Roseville Roll, Pink Lady, Yum Yum, B.M.W., Crunch Roll, New York, Dancing, and Sex on the Beach.
Hibachi dinners are served with onion soup, house salad, hibachi noodles, hibachi vegetable with choice of meats including Vegetable, Chicken, Salmon, Scallops, Shrimp, Tuna, Sword Fish, Steak, Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail.
Price guide: Appetizers $5-9 Entrees $11-24 Sushi/Sashimi $4-9 Specialty Rolls $13-17 Hibachi $15-31
What we ordered: My companion and I ordered a variety of rolls and sashimi, including surf clam, uni with quail egg, spicy tuna roll, spicy girl roll, and dancing roll.
The Spicy Girl roll had spicy tuna and spicy yellowtail with cucumber on the inside and then wrapped with rice and topped with spicy salmon and panko. This roll had a fair amount of kick to it, as one would hope with a name like Spicy Girl. I thought it was good but it didn’t blow me away.
We also tried the Dancing Roll, which turned out to be one of the favorites of both of us. This roll had tuna, salmon and yellowtail on the inside then was wrapped with rice, escolar, a very thin slice of avocado and then topped with tobiko. I loved the flavors of the different fish all rolled together, while the tobiko gave it a nice contrast in texture.
My companion was thrilled to see Uni on the menu and even happier when told it was delivered fresh that same day. We initially ordered two orders with quail egg and later ordered an additional two orders. I have not been a fan of uni when I have had it in the past, however this uni at Osaka looked very fresh so I wanted to give it another try. While I can’t say I’ve grown to love uni, this was the best uni I’ve had to date. The freshness gave it a more mild and less mineral-like taste than other uni I’ve eaten. The creaminess of the egg and the uni was well complimented by the rice.
The Surf Clam was also fresh; pretty good if you like surf clam.
(I personally can take it or leave it.)
We went back to Osaka less than two weeks later and once again ordered the Dancing Roll and the Uni with Quail Egg, as well as the B.M.W. Roll . The BMW Roll was really good; it had spicy tuna and avocado wrapped with rice and then deep fried. It was topped with unagi sauce, spicy mayo and tobiko. Very good!
Service: Our first visit was late on a Friday night, and while it was busy, we had missed the dinner rush and were able to get a nice booth. Our server greeted us promptly and was very attentive throughout the evening. Our drinks were brought and refilled when needed and the wait for the sushi to be prepared was minimal for all the items we ordered.
Overall Impression: We enjoyed the Osaka Seafood Steakhouse in Roseville. It had a cool atmosphere and pretty good sushi. The hibachi is reasonably priced in comparison to other Japanese steakhouses in the Twin Cities, I would like to give it a try with a group in the future.