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What a bummer!: Putting the kabosh on Rhinebeck Osaka


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What a bummer!: Putting the kabosh on Rhinebeck Osaka

lucia | Apr 12, 2002 01:54 PM

What's going on with Osaka, my fallback first-and-only sushi place in Rhinebeck? Last night's dinner was a travesty.

Okay, this is not the kind of place that would excite anyone with regular access to great sushi, but it was the only game in town, and now seems to be losing all that made it appealing. I suspect that its offshoot in Tivoli has taken the owner's attention away to the extent that it will not be able to recover.

Last night went for the usual a la carte fish selection, along with some oshitashi and shumai.
First, I noticed that it was almost empty--unusual. Second, the service was immediately terrible. The young girls who used to be passably formal were standing behind the fish counter yelling to get customers' attention. They took our order this way, gave us the food this way (which nearly spilled it), and transacted the payment this way. Meanwhile, a swabbie with a mop full of ammonia was mopping behind the fish counter, under the sushi chef's feet. The stench was all I could taste. Everyone working there was sullen and unhappy looking. The owner's wife and restaurant manager was yelling at the employees in Taiwanese and then making fake-nice with customers, as if you couldn't hear her yelling because it's in another language.

The fish was okay.

For $120, definitely one of the most depressing experiences I've had lately. And it used to be an oasis.

Anybody know what the score is? The hub suggested we go to Tivoli's Osaka and ask James, the owner, why things are bad in Rhinebeck. I can't see doing that.

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