Osaka Teppanyaki use an iron griddle to cook food right in front of your group including seafood, steak and free-range chicken.
I tried Osaka Teppanyaki for the first time this weekend. Upon walking inside, the restaurant interior was a little dingy and outdated but everything looked clean.
We had the shrimp and New York steak dinners. Both were cooked perfectly. The mustard sauce is actually pretty close to the steak sauce you get at Japanese Village or other Teppanyaki places which I like to douse all over my rice. It was so good I had two bowls of rice which was probably a mistake because I was almost too full afterwards.
With the Entertainment book discount, its actually a pretty good deal considering the amount of food you get. You get a free meal essentially which worked out to about $25 off our bill. The service was very friendly by both the chef and the other staff. Not sure if I would return without the Entertainment coupon. This would be a good choice for larger groups, birthday parties, etc.
Food: just amazing. And the fact that you get to see it cooked right in front of you just makes the experience so much better and appreciative of the skills of the chef. Everything came out perfectly. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium like we asked, my chicken was so good my bf couldn't stop eating it (hey!! grrr... jk!), the lobster and shrimp were cooked so yummy I was seriously considering ordering more even though I was already full.
Service: very attentive - chefs and waitresses. Even though it was busy, we were always asked if we were doing ok. Lovely people. Chef was funny - pulling pranks and doing little tricks. If you go, try to get the older chefs - they do some crazy knife work like tossing super sharp knives in the air!!
Ambiance: its nice and cosy and its like watching a live cooking show! too neat...
Will definately return. Bring your entertainment card and save yourself some moola too!!
I went to this restaurant after a few years. The food was good but not outstanding. Used the entertainment coupon so this was not a bad deal. I am not sure if i would pay full price. I did not like sharing my table with others as this lady across us was asking too many questions. I was out with a friend and wanted to catch up rather than talking to his lady. I will go again.
Just wondering if the last reviewer was thinking of this restaurant: http://dinehere.ca/restaurant.asp?r=2633 . As this Osaka does not really specialise in sushi, but they do have sashimi though not what you would go there for.
This is a Japanese teppanyaki house. The owner use to work at Kobe I believe. Most of the comments here are accurate. I have been here 6 times in the last year or so. It is a dining experience. Like Stonegrill, except here they cook/chef does the cooking for you.
You walk in and the hostess will seat you and your guest in one of the teppanyaki station. Each station seat app. 8 people. Then you decide what main entree you want to have for dinner. You choose from either one or a combination of chicken, prawn, scallop, NY steak, filet mignon, lobster tail, chicken breast or vegetarian. Then you can add some sides. I like the fried rice so i normally get that. All the entree's come with steam rice, soup, salad, veggies. Then one of the cook will bring a tray with all the trimmings and your dinner begins. You dont get to chose your cook. And some of the cook are more experience and can give a better show. Johnny and Roland are two of the better ones here.
As previously stated the salad is mainly iceberg lettuce with a japanese dressing. At today's standard this is pretty lame as is the soup which is bland, boring, lacking in flavor and nutrition. Remember this is Old Skool Japanese Teppanyaki house. It is for show and kewl once upon a time. Nowaday's you can get authentic japanese food in any major city.
You get two dipping sauces one for the meat and one for the seafood. Can't remember exactly what they are. Most of the seafood is previously frozen. None of my guest have ever complained about the food here or left hungry. But they may just be polite. IMHO, this style of food is slightly overprice for paying for simple cooked food. And the show is nice but once you've seen it once you've seen it all.
My boyfriend and I went here last weekend. The prawns and shrimp were excellent. The chicken and steak was alright, nothing really spectacular. There's local art on the walls which were beautiful. Overall, I may go back but I'd try other teppanyaki places first as this was my first time going to one.
I've never had a bad meal here. The chicken, steak, shrimp, all of it is cooked to perfection. Some of the chefs are better showman than others (luck of the draw who you get), and the food isn't cheap, but it's a solid night out. The service is generally good, though the waitresses and hostess can be a bit pert sometimes.
The service and quality of the food at Osaka is not like how it use to be. We took another couple here for dinner yesterday evening, it was their first time here. Our cook had no personality, wasnt interactive, no jokes he didnt even create the basic onion volcano..(Even though i just had told our chef that it was their first time at the restaraunt in hopes of seing something spectacular) .All four of us ordered the fillet; I order it medium rare....it was over cooked; very tough as it may have been another cut...Went up to pay the bill by the bar; told the lady my concerns...she just gave me the machine to pay and said not all are cooks are the same.....Did NOT care at all, just wanted the money...They just lost a 10 year customer!
I've been to enough teppanyaki's to not care about the show as they cook in front of me, however the chef was only so so... not as fast with the knife work as other's I've seen. The food is cheaper than Kobe, but it's an even better deal using the Entertainment Card. I had the steak and praws... the prawns were a good size, but the steak was a bit chewy. I left feeling very very full. We shared a table with another couple, so only the 4 of us. They have tables for 8's and 12's. So don't expect complete privacy unless you have enough to fill up a table. What I don't like is that not everyone in a table comes at the same time. We had a 6:30 reservation and it seemed that the other couple had a 6:45 reservation, so we had to wait at the table for a while before we could be served.
The food overall was okay.. I wouldn't go back and pay full price but would only go back with the Entertainment card.
I`m sure you all know by now that this place is delicious! I have been there a couple of times now and have never been upset with anything. They offer really great fresh meat and seafood cooked at your table by chefs that know what there doing when it comes to japanese style cooking. Great imported beer from japan and you have to try the Saki. I like mine cold. The atmosphere is great with happy people and great tricks by the chefs. They interec with you while they cook and you always have someone taking care of you. The staff is great and the food is to die for. Yes, they use a little too much butter but who doesn`t. The only difference is they do it all in front of you. Clean , fun place and make reservations because it gets busy......Great for birthdays and any other event. Even for a couple!
I found this resturant very poor. The service was terrible. We were booked in with a reservation and made to wait an additional hour for our table. I've seen less disgusting bathrooms on the highway in the middle of nowhere. The other patrons were very loud and obnoxious as well, and many of the customers were smoking so close to the door, and leaving the door open for so long that they might as well have been smoking at our table.
The food was passable, however for the $50 we paid for the "steak and seafood" combo (per plate) I was highly disapointed, and would have expected similar food from any terriyaki fast food resturant in your local mall, for 1/4 the price.
I do not recoomnd this place to anyone. It has gone down hill severly since the last time we were there.
Even having never been at a teppanyaki before, I find that I can be fair and impartial with this review as someone who's had a lot of experience with Japanese food, but have never had it in this unique setting. How it works is this: there are about 7 tables in the restaurant, with a grill in the middle of each table. If you have 5+ people, you get a table to yourselves and a chef to yourselves. There's a menu in which you order the set dish you'd like and the chef will cook it for you when it's your table's turn. So you do get to see your food in the raw form cooked before your very eyes. Really, once you get set up, you don't need much service (and the waiters are easy enough to flag down), so I'm going to leave out service in this review.
What's really unique is that you get live entertainment-think Harlem Globetrotters except with chefs. Your chef can pull certain tricks at the table every once in a while. I had a really fun chef who cracked jokes and kept up a good stream of chatter, surprising all with his antics. This is hands-down the best bit about the restaurant.
Which means, the food isn't the best bit. But it's not a bad bit. Anything that's fresh off the grill tastes very good-vegetables, meat, seafood. You have your choice of 2 dipping sauces with your meal to enhance the grilled flavour. No surprises in the grilling department. Along with each entree (set), you also receive a soup, rice, and a salad, 2 of which is subpar. The soup is a variation on miso and is flavourful, appropriate for Japanese fare, but the salad is inadequate. The vegetables are fresh enough, but the sauce leaves lots to be desired. I had my rice fried, which was an extra $6 that wasn't worth the money. The rice itself was too soft and it has none of the flavour that Asian fried rice usually have because no salt, chicken stock or meat went into it. Good for people who have high cholesterol, I suppose, but not good for those who actually expects something similar to fried rice.
For the food and price, I really wouldn't come again. It was great entertainment and is more of a place you'd take your boss to or would go once just to see. It's quite clear that asides from grilling, the chefs don't have trouble with cooking traditional food. If you have an entertainment coupon, give it a try, otherwise, there are much better places to have grilled, Asian food. In fact, I'd suggest a Chinese restaurant instead.
I went here with my friends last week. We had a great time. The teppanyaki chef was funny and friendly and he put on a good show.
Food was filling. Our meal started with soup. My friends and I agreed that it was good. Everybody also got some prawns. I ordered steak and tiger prawns for myself. They were awesome! I also liked the sauces, one for the meat and seafood, and the ginger sauce for the vegetables. You also get unlimited rice.
Compared to Kobe's, Osaka is affordable. Even more affordable if you've got your Entertainment card, which we did.
Went here with friends and the service seemed good at first but as the night went on, we were having a hard time getting the waitress' attention, even though there were many of them and the restaurant wasn't full!
The food was OK but not great. We ordered sirloin steak + prawns. The seasoning on the prawns was nice but the prawns themselves were the tasteless kind - also they were VERY overcooked. You only need to cook prawns for a minute or two, but the chef seemed more concerned with doing his show.
And the sirloin steak WAS NOT SIRLOIN. It was a way cheaper cut, probably skirt steak - pretty bad tasting. I guess they think they can hide the taste with the sauce. Well, they can't.
The 'show' is fun enough but this place is not good value for money.
Just visited Osaka tonight for dinner. I was craving good teppanyaki steak sauce - like those from the legendary Japanese Village restaurant in Victoria BC.
Food from Osaka was ok. We had a seafood combo dinner and a steak + chicken combo dinner. The "show" by the chef wasn't has dazzling as the ones at Kobe Steak House - but Osaka's prices are much cheaper than Kobe's too!
All in all, the sauces (both the seafood sauce & the steak sauce) were not particularly good. It was no match against the famous steak sauce from Japanese Village, but not foul tasting either. Food was ok, nothing spectacular, nothing to complain about either.
I came here on the anniversary dinner with the gf. the place is dimly lit, all the floors are carpeted and the seats / tables had a film of stickyness on them. However, the food was delicious and it was great to see the talented filipino chef cook everything in front of us.
We only came to this place because we had a coupon. Even with the coupon, the bill came out to 50$. Without the coupon, it would have been something like $80. For that price, it is in the high end territory of steak / seafood house. The place definitely is not high end.
We had to share a table with two other couples; one dude kept coughing frequently.
If you want privacy, quietness, a clean restaurant or bigger portions, go elsewhere.
Although Osaka was recommended as a cheaper alternative to Kobe's but just as good, I was skeptical. On Saturday evening we arrived at our 8pm time with my pre-teen and teen granddaughters. The reception area was empty and the restaurant was full. My first impression was that the entry was dirty and void of any ambiance. Black leather like benches were abundant and the large screen TV was on and while you waited you have full view of the dining area which was a large open, un private space.
Diners were loud and the staff seemed frazzled. There was no serenity here, no traditional dress, no decor that hinted at Japanese dining. Black short, shorts, knee high boots and other inappropriate dress for staff was shocking. Of the diners I immediately noticed lots of males with long hair, biker boots and leather vests. Many were pulling out cigarette packs to go outside to have a smoke. The 'yahooing' and noise level was enough for me to consider leaving however I rationalized that these diners would be finishing and leaving, as the new 8pm groups arrived.
We were seated fairly quickly at a table and grill for 6 - we were 4 and there was another couple that joined us. The table next to us was having a bachelor party. They were loud, consuming lots of sake and clearly only interested in themselves and 'their time'. I was very disappointed that my special evening with my granddaughters would be subjected to this loud bunch beside us but I was determined that they would not spoil my evening. And then came the 4 letter words, the gestures with chop sticks and more sake.
I approached the management with my complaints and they offered to ask the bachelor party to lower their noise level. That was not going to work with all the testosterone and sake at play so they offered to move us to another table. As the restaurant was one open room - the bachelor party was affecting everyone and moving would not improve the situation. We opted to leave as we had already had some food which was not impressing us.
We were served a watery Shabu Shabu soup with 2 or 3 bits of green onion in it. Very tasteless and poor quality. Also a iceberg green salad with a gingery type dressing. The lettuce was soggy and also poor quality.
We had ordered a 1/2 litre of wine and 1 child's pop and did not finish either before we decided to leave. Management was very rude with insisting we pay for everything before we could leave. We gave the wine to the other couple at our table and paid the bill only to discover that they overcharged us.
We managed to get reservations at Kobe's and ended up with a lovely, classy teppanyaki dining experience with our family.
The old adage is true - you get what you pay for and at Osaka you get nothing but noise, poor quality food, no ambiance and management that cannot assess the needs of their customers. If you want a gong show - go to Osaka. If you want great quality food and a classy dining experience - go to Kobe's.
the reastaurant was absolutely not worth to go. From the time my friend and I got in, the smoke air almost knocked us out. My friend asked me leaving but I didn't because I had entertainment book so I wanted to try, the first time in Vancouver. It was huge mistake. Chef gave no show, not as I saw in the Calgary. The food was too salty and steak was very chewy. The bill came after three time reminding. This kind of Service was bad, I thought waitress maybe hided inside kitchen smoking because she smelled like chimney after she came to serve us bill. OMG, the washroom was so dirty, where is the health inspecter. That was my first time, also, would be last time, definitely.
I went there for friend's party last weekend, and will never go back again. The restaurant condition was not pleasant, too much smoke while Chefs cooking. Being there for almost two hours, never saw anyone used covers to cover the ginger, mustard sauces and seasoning. I tried cooking seasoning, it must contain at least 70% of MSG which is very bad for health. They used bean sprouts to clean burned terriyake sauce left on the grill so you felt the food really burned out. Remember, please leave your suits home or you have to send them out for cleaning.
I have been a customer of Osaka Tepanyaki for many years. It is a fun place for a group and the food is delicious.
I love the show. Jonny and Rolland two of the owners are fabuouls. They are friendly and treat thier guests well.
Some chefs are better than others and some nights are better than others. I would Say Consistency might be lacking if anything.
More often than not I get great food. I have been to a few tepanyaki places and this place tops them all.
Went there yesterday without reservations but somehow managed to get seated with two other parties to make an entire table for the teppanyaki chef. Was surprised that they fit us in. It was like everything clicked and we all got seated all at once, even though we all arrived at different times. It looked like there wre only 3 chefs for the 7 or so tables, so we had to wait in line for our turn as the chefs moved from table to table to do each set. No worries though, the wait was very short.
The waitresses and the concierge guy all helped us out and made sure we were all served and all helped out during the meal. Even the teppanyaki chef was very friendly and was easy going.
We were in a group of three (one member was 4 years old and did not have to pay, but the chef made sure she got a little bit of something on her plate each time as well). They even gave us an extra bowl of rice for her.
It was a wonderful experience, the filet mignon was extremely fresh and tender.
Teppanyaki is a lot more expensive than a typical entree you would normally order off the menu (this place does not offer that), so the bill can add up pretty fast especially with drinks. It was $60 for two people and no drinks, just Japanese tea.
The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that the exhaust fans didn't seem to work all that well. Smoke was filling up the restaurant each time the chef was at work, and my clothes, body, hair all smelled like dinner all night long.
We were planning to go earlier this year, but decided against it because I wasn't into the teppanyaki thing at the time, but glad I went this time.