I broke one of my cardinal rules this weekend: Don't go to restaurants that offer more than one ethnic cuisine.
Osaka is a new restaurant on concord ave in Belmont. Extensive rehab of a forgotten chinese place that never seemed to have a customer. Talked my wife into going to try it, then didn't have the courage to walk out when I discovered that it is actually Japenese/Chinese.
Lovely, friendly people. Very nice interior. Typical Americanized chinese menu, but great smells from the dishes going past.
Second mistake - we came for takeout sushi, so we ordered takeout sushi.
Miso soup - sweet, not enough salt - just tasted off. Into the trash.
Seaweed salad - Excellent, crispy, nice dressing.
Salad (came with sushi) - iceberg lettuce, a few shredded carrots, cucumber slice in a soy dressing. Hungry, so ate it. Uninspired and lifeless.
Sushi (sushi deluxe and sashimi deluxe - 23.95 each) - sushi deluxe was 6 pieces of maki and one crab stick roll. Fish was poorly cut, greyish. Rice was too hard and cold. Sashimi was similarly poorly cut and just didn't look fresh (and was a small serving for the price). It lacked the irridescent hue that perfect sushi always seems to have - colors were dull, tuna was orangish brick red rather than the deep maroon red that I would expect. My wife refused to eat anything. I sampled a few pieces and dumped the rest. Did not get sick, but wouldn't have been surprised if I had.
In short, I may return to try the chinese portion of the menu, but would never order sushi again. With Shangri-La only a mile away, why would I go anywhere else.
A question: Can anyone think of a restaurant that does two or more ethnic foods really well (not fusion, but two separate parts of the menu)