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Osaka - Chestnut Hill

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Osaka - Chestnut Hill

SG | Apr 5, 2003 05:49 PM

Stopped by earlier today for lunch and here are my overall impressions. Tastefully decorated, there also a tatami room on the lower level.

Sushi chef (he's actually japanese btw) was wielding a very nice, long, expensive looking ebony handled yanagi skillfully slicing sheets of cucumber, promising. Ordered a sashimi set lunch and tempura bento. Tuna was quite good, yellowtail was fatty but just ok quality, nicely cooked tamago and good red snapper and salmon. Daikon shreds looked professionally cut. Sushi rice on some maki we ordered was well cooked though still a little firm but not very well seasoned. Soy sauce was very light coloured, salty and not that flavourful, always a pet peeve for me that local japanese restaurants insist on skimping on soy sauce.

Tempura was fried a little too long resulting in overly hard batter. Brocolli was cut too big which left a lot of uncooked batter in the middle, uggh. Hopeless dipping sauce, almost clear looking and no grated daikon.

Sushi shows some promise, cooked food needs some work, prices are a little high for lunch $15 for the sashimi lunch, sushi yasuda in NYC does a sushi lunch for $20 at much superior quality, not sure what dinner prices are like. Service needs a lot of work. Will probably return again for a more in depth review of their sushi quality.

BTW: after recent tasting of several local sushi places my vote for best spicy tuna roll still goes to Miraku in Springhouse.

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