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Osaka Sushi, Vallejo

Melanie Wong | Apr 7, 200206:51 PM

Based on the recommendations of Japanese colleagues, this is reputedly the best Japanese restaurant in the Napa-Vallejo corridor. I had a chance to stop here recently for a solo dinner. This is a big place with a DJ, dance floor and karaoke set-up and signs promoting salsa lessons. Since the name says “sushi”, I assumed that would be its strength and took a seat at the deserted bar.

On a Tuesday night, surprisingly most of the fish in the case had a desiccated, tired leftover-from-the-weekend look. The best looking seemed to be the maguro and shiro maguro that I ordered as nigiri sushi. Both were acceptable quality, cut in fairly large pieces (more than two bites), but the rice was overly moist and sticky. Hmm, maybe I’ll try the grilled hamachi collar instead. While I was waiting for that dish, I ordered the poke salad roll from the long list of special rolls posted over the bar. This was decent, filled with a dice of maguro red tuna and green onions dressed with a sesame-soy marinade, and accompanied by a side of seaweed salad. The hamachi kama was only fair, as it lacked freshness even for a cooked prep. But there is hope - the plates of tempura that passed by looked great - frilly and puffed up.

The tab was $21 with tax and tip. So at least this unremarkable meal was not expensive. I noticed that the manager’s children wandered in with bags from McDonald’s for their own dinners. (vbg)

You can read a glowing review of this place in the Contra Costa Times at

Osaka Sushi
480 Redwood St., #20


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