It has been a while since our last raw fish dining experience, so after spending the morning in Oshkosh, we decided it was a sushi kind of day. We headed back up to Appleton to try out the sushi place on the northeast side of the Fox River Mall, Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi.
Huge Building, Huge Menu
We got there right around 11:00 when the place opens and were greeted by a young lady and she took us to a large booth in the middle section of the restaurant. The first thought that crossed my mind was dang, this place is huge! On one end of the restaurant there were 14 hibachi grills with a chef practicing his spatula catching (there is probably a proper term for that, but you know what I mean), the middle of the establishment where we were sitting included many large booths and the sushi bar. On the other end of the building was a full bar which included more tables and booths. The building was not the only thing that was huge. The menu was extensive and included a wide variety of sushi as well as traditional Japanese cuisine and of course a selection of steaks.
The Tuna Tataki which is sliced seared tuna with ponzu sauce caught my eye, but so did about 20 other items on the menu. I decided on the Lunch Roll Special which includes two types of rolls (6 each) with a choice Miso Soup or a Garden Salad. I opted for the California Rolls (crab, avocado, and cucumber) and Alaskan Rolls (smoked salmon, avocado, and cucumber) and some Miso Soup to warm me up. The only negative thing I have to say about the place? It was very cold in the large building. I did not dare take my coat or scarf off.
The Food Experience
The soup came out soon after we ordered. It was a small, hot bowl of flavorful broth, served with a traditional Japanese soup spoon. I pretty much inhaled the soup, not only because it tasted good, but because it was going to aid in bringing up my internal temperature, which before the soup, seemed to be falling rapidly. The sushi came out shortly after. The rolls were average size and they were prepared with just about the perfect amount of sticky rice on the outside and were served with a side of fresh ginger and some wasabi. The salmon was very fresh and they avocado was at the perfect consistency. The cucumber was fresh and crunchy and the rolls were well prepared, meaning they did not fall apart when dipping them in the soy sauce.
Overall, the experience was a positive one. The rolls were bursting with flavor, the service was good, and the lunch special was just $7.95. The only negative part of the experience was the chilly temperature in the building. But maybe we should not always decide to eat right at 11:00, when places are just opening (and warming) up.
Osaka Japanese Steak House & Sushi
4421 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI 54913