Osaka Teppanyaki use an iron griddle to cook food right in front of your group including seafood, steak and free-range chicken.
My family and I had a good time at Osaka Teppanyaki on Sunday evening. We are no stranger to the Teppanyaki style of dining, and Osaka is close to us with lots of parking. The chef was one of the most senior Teppany chefs in Vancouver, and the food was excellent. My favorite was the filetmgnon. It was tender and melted in my mouth. My wife also enoyed her seafood combo, and loved the salmon. The quantity of food was more than plenty for the price. The kids were just mesmerized by the chef's fast and amazing culinary skills. Staff were friendly, and the bar service was quick. Ambiance was a little run-down with old style decor, but it didn't bother us. Overall, we had a very good time, and we intend to go back on a regular basis.
I went here on Friday for the first time for my friends birthday party. And while the entertainment of the chef was great and the food was good. I was disappointed that no more than a minute after I had put the last morsel of food in my mouth did the waitress come over an tell us we had to leave because they had over booked our table and people were waiting. That's not my fault, we hadn't even had the birthday cake or opened the gifts yet. I have to say there was nothing about this place that will ever make me want to go back.
This place gets first 5/5 for any restaurant in Vancouver I reviewed.
Simply one word.. Amazing. I totally recommend this place to anyone who wants to try out different kind of dining experience. Teppanyaki style food can be hit and miss depends on who is cooking (Kobe Steak house) but not this place. Every time I visited, they delivered. top quality stuff. I personally like their filet mignon + prawn dish most and they simply melt and dance around in your mouth. Can't wait to go back!
One minor thing: you and your friends will definately smell like BBQ after eating here.
Ok, normally I wouldn't be bothered to leave any review here - on at any other site. Life is too short to complain.
But I feel quite sick after dining there tonight. So here comes:
1) The famous cooking "before your eyes" process was quite entertaining.
First, chef wipes the grill with a dirty rug, dripping with muddy water.
(TIP: try to ignore this or visit the washroom).
Then he proceeds to cook. This is the part everyone is waiting for. Actually I really did enjoy watching him to cut and fry veggies etc: the guy obviously likes what he does for living, he is an artist at the grill.
I liked the flames too :-)
(TIP: don't wear your best white dress).
The grilled/burned particles were dumped into my plate in batches, as they were cooked. It was kinda-fun.
Unfortunately, you must sit there and watch the guy to clean his greasy grill afterwards. Watching him scrap while trying to eat felt weird.
But then...he took the dirty rug out again. I am very proud to say: I have managed not to puke (then).
(TIP: make sure you protect your plate from the occasional splash. Obviously, going to the washroom again is out of the question)
2) Food was (un)expectedly uneatable.
Perhaps too much MSG.
First you get a mandatory watery soup (really, WATERy).
Then some wilted lettuce.
Then a bowl of plain rice (which turned out to be the best part of my meal).
We've got some fried rice with eggs, pieces of meat, mushrooms, shrimp, onions, something I think was bean sprouts, and some various pieces I was not able to identify.
(All I have really ordered was a dish described as a STEAK in the menu).
At the end my plate looked much like a garbage bin (completely matching the taste in my mouth).
You definitely can get the same quality/quantity of organic matter for much less $$$.
(TIP: get out, go to the nearest food court and look for "asian cuisine")
3) Staff is rude and unprofessional. We've been moved around and ignored.
(TIP: this would be a perfect time to get out of there)
You have to share your table with others - our neighbor was a loud lady in a pig costume with two kids and a hubby who looked like a soft-spoken drug addict from TV series.
It was kind-of-interesting experience for me as I never had a chance to sit at the same table with this type of people. They smiled at us and were generally friendly.
4) Interior is quite dirty. I was not able to take my eyes off from the curtain which looked like it was used to wash the floors. Or maybe the grill :-)
(TIP: don't look at the curtains. Look at the wall-art instead: some of the pictures are enchanting)
Enjoy, if you can.
The steak and prawns were done to perfection and as requested. Plenty of food was provided, the service was great, and the other couple at the table were great company. Our cook was efficient, friendly, and entertaining.
A very enjoyable experience and good value for the money. Will definitely go back and take friends.
With specialisation comes scrutiny. In the case of Osaka, a new central Vancouver restaurant serving Japanese/Korean/Chinese charcoal-grilled comparisons to existing competitors are inevitable because there are so many oriental restaurants here now.
Some of the staff manning the charcoal grills seemed a little green. Fundamental errors included no eye contact with customer and no smiles. Just a lot of flipping.
Chicken was so overcooked that the pieces simply crumbled off the stick - there was no drop of moisture remaining to keep them clinging on. I am not sure if that's how they meant to do it. Not very impressive here thoiugh. And I was trying to super impress this chick I was on a first date with.
We enjoyed beer and grilled oriental mushrooms, but figured a lighter hand with the meat (too thick) would have allowed the flavours to shine brighter. I know I missed the hotties of cactus or Earls, but I am living to live again with the same date again next week so it wasnt all bad.
Went to Osaka for my birthday on Friday Dec 17th. Food was great, service was awesome! My mother in law mentioned that she really liked the Teppan Shrimps and our cook overheard her and bought her a side order! I had the Osaka special, lobster, scallops and prawns were cooked to perfection! The steak and chicken were amazing! When Our cook (Roland) found out that it was my birthday, he bought me a bottle of sake! Everyone had a great time! Highly reccoment this place!
This is a Chinese run Japanese restaurant that has mediocre Teppanyaki at best. Chef's are not Japanese and I would call this a Western Version of proper Teppanyaki. Ingredients were mediocre and I'd say the only good thing was the chef's sense of humour. I would not return, there are far better Japanese restaurants in Vancouver.
I have been going to Osaka Teppanyaki ever since they opened back in 20th Century. The entrees are fairly large, even by North American standard, so go hungry.
All entrees come with a simply yet delightful miso soup and even simpler salad with delicious Japanese dressings. These are small traditional teppanyaki appetizers.
The best entree here is without any doubt the seafood combination. Fresh seafood done to perfection right in front of your eyes. Frankly I am addicted to the shrimps and scallops, not to mention the salmon.
The other entree worth mentioning is the filemignon and the ny steak. Both done to perfection.
The only time I was disappointed at Osaka was during busy peak times (Fridays, Saturdays, holidays) when the chefs might get overwhelmed cooking for up to 11 people at once, the quality then definitely suffers and your entree might get "contaminated" with someone else's dinner. Remember all the food is cooked in front of you on a large steel hot plate, the size of 2 x 4 feet.
The other thing to consider is that you will be seated at the same table with other people. This might be uncomfortable for some and you might get mixed with a wrong group. A couple looking for a quiet dinner sharing a table with a family with two bratty kids who scream for hamburger and fries = unpleasant experience.
The decor is not much, but I prefer food over decor. There are too many expensively decorated and staffed restaurants in this city that serve poor food.
Desserts. Skip and go few blocks down to Death by chocolate.
All Ican say is I don't know where those reviewers that way this is the best resturant went, cause I was not to this place.
I also had a bad experience like the other two reviewers.
The food was mediocre at best, on par with a fast-food resturant, not one where the majority of meals cost $30-50 per plate. The salad they tried to serve us was rusty cheap lettuce, which they tried to disguise with the dressing.
They were also overbooked when we went on Saturday, and I noticed some people waiting there for almost two hours (we were lucky and our party arrived early in the evening.)
The "entertainment" was nothing special. They put a bit of alcohol on the grill twice to make a cute little flame burst, and tossed shrip tails into his chef hat, which just drew more attention to how much things needed a good cleaning. The resturant doesn't look like anyone has cleaned it in about 2 years, and as the other review wrote I wanted to hose down my shoes after using the washroom, I can't imagine how nasty it would have been by the end of the night.
If you want an overpriced meal, with the potential for food poisoning, than this might be your resturant. Definitly a place I will not return to!
The first time I ever went to Osaka's I was overwhelmed with taste. From the time you sit down and the chef starts to cook to the time you leave (stuffed and smiling), ENTERTAINMENT is what you will have. The art of cooking the meals was amazing-this is something that everyone needs to try at least once. Children will even enjoy this, and more than likely sit still for it too!