Osamu Sushi has been operating at the same spot for 22 years in the Tri-Cities area. If that isn’t impressive enough, the sushi chef himself is also Japanese. Does that make this place authentic enough? Well, not exactly. The place has grown so much over the past few decades that the menu itself has catered towards a more westernized approach with many fusion items like specialty rolls, teriyakie sauce based dishes, and deep fried goodness. I’ve been here a handful of times with my boyfriend’s family since they love the quality and freshness here, so for a change I decided to take my mom here for lunch!
Compared to most Japanese restaurants, Osamu Sushi ‘s vibe is very relaxed and dingy. The setting of this place is almost lounge-like with a mixture of booth seats and high tables for patrons. Surprising, majority of the clientele here are actually caucasians. Adding more to the surprise, the waitresses are also caucasian,too! And this is merely based on observation from the past two years of coming here 😛
Service here can be a bit slow at times due to lack of staffing and its obscure location explains why traffic can be a bit slow on weekdays. My mom and I were ignored for a good 10-15 minutes before we were able to flag someone down. My mom was a bit hesitant to order because the price tag here isn’t cheap! Between the two of us, we decided to share an appetizer and entree to keep the cost low.
Started off with some complimentary green tea. Could have been steeped a little longer.
Miso Soup ($1.95) For the price of miso soup, I was expecting more than just a few pieces of diced tofu. This was a little too salty for me to handle !
Agedashi Tofu ($6.95) Their appetizer size goes for $5.95 for five pieces. I opted for the regular size since you get twice as much tofu for just a dollar more. Their agedashi tofu is hands down one of my favourites! They were fresh and lightly battered served with a nice savoury dashi broth with garnishes of grated daikon and spring onion. The coating of the tofu absorbed the dashi beautifully.
Salmon Teriyaki ($19.95) wild sockey salmon grilled with special sauce served with sautéed seasonal vegetables and choice of steamed rice or green salad. My mom probably expected the teriyaki to be served on a hot plate like Sushi Garden or Sushi California 😛 The salmon was perfectly grilled- moist, tender, and flaky. The technique used to cook the salmon really accentuated the natural flavour of the fish. Vegetables on the side had a nice medley of bell peppers, cabbage, mushroom, and broccoli.
The bill came to about $32 for the two of us. Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? Definitely! 🙂
2764 Barnet Hwy
Contact: (604) 941-9222