It seems I got out of Philly just in time, but Friday night dined at a new joint as I like to call them, OSAKA'S at 8605 Germantown Ave. It has a sushi bar and a menu similar to Morimoto's and Nobu's. Service was a bit slow but talking to the host, Harrison, a Korean gentelman he and his father just opened the place. They hired a young man who is French trained and study under Nubu in NYC,and was recureited by Morimoto who left Nubu's to open his own place in Philly. That night they did not have their liquor lience yet, so they offered free sake and wine, I thought that was very classy of them. My brother who lives only a few blocks away and I were quite impressed with the food and presentation of each plate. We popped in about 9:30 that night the place was about 3/4 filled with the sushi bar going full bore. We ordered crab cakes and a number of selections from the sushi bar, the crab cakes arrived within 10mins but with the sushi bar so busy that order took approx. 20 mins. But both of us enjoyed our order and specially the free wine. The chef came out of the kitchen and strolled around the dining area and he came over to our table, nice young man about 35, his name is Michael.He has great credinals, this joint could be a winner if they get their service together but I guess that will happen in time. My brother who is a big fan of Motrimoto's said there is no reason to travel 45mins to that place when Osaka's is 5 mins from his house. Similiar menu prices are about 20%less full bar great feel to the place. Chef Michael has a great venue to make a super name for himself. I do wish them well, my next visit to Philly in
5 weeks I trust the bugs will have been worked out by them
Palm Springs, CA.