Dropped in for a little Japanese love and that's exactly what we got!
Finally, some great Japanese food in the SGV and Pasadena...Kimagure, Ichi, and now OSAWA!
After perusing the menu indecisively, we decided to go with the chef's choice - omakase and were not disappointed. We've eaten at many of the good L.A. sushi restaurants - Urasawa, Zo, Yamakase, n/naka - and must say the quality of the fish here is pristine. It's certainly not trying to be the aforementioned restaurants, but it's definitely some place one could drop in every day at a terrific value and be perfectly happy. Would compare it more to a Kiriko in West L.A., but better at a fraction of the price.
Single pieces of hamachi, maguro, pompano, shima aji, saba from Japan, Hokkaido scallop, albacore just to name a few - all super fresh. The texture and temperature of the rice were solid - slightly al dente and a little warm. The izakaya dish, matsutake dobinmushi, was sublime. But the ringer was the A5 Kobe sushi from the chef's hometown of Saga. Rocked my world!
Finished off with tamago (a tad wet) and superb black sesame panacotta made with organic soy milk and caramel custard made with organic eggs and milk in little jars covered by the most beautiful japanese papers (nice touch).
The service was terrific. Attentive gals who really understood the menu and the sake and wine list. Very professional.
Can't wait to come back and try the shabu shabu when the weather gets cooler.
Small tight well curated sake and wine list. Reasonable corkage at $10/btl.
Will be part of our regular rotation. Highly recommended if in Pasadena.