It's taken a number of years to get more choices
in sushi restaurants in the Worcester area; but
the current popularity and widespread adoption of
the fancy Japanese cuisine has finally given rise
to places like Osaka in Shrewsbury. I went with
on 1/19/2004, and found myself quite satisfied
with the quality of the food and the reasonable
The establishment has a long bar that runs almost
the entire length of the dining area with two
recently installed plasma TV screens playing
sports hanging behind it, and contains eight or
nine teppanyaki tables (teppanyaki is the style of
"show cooking" where the chef prepares the food on
a heated grill in front of the diners).
For dinner, I ordered tagamo (sweet quail egg
omlette maki), spicy salmon roll, Kentucky roll
(fried chicken tender maki), cucumber roll,
oshinko roll, and avacado roll - 32 pieces of
sushi for a little under 30 dollars!
The teppanyaki show was much fun with a skilled
chef, though with other visits I have noticed that
the skill of the chefs varies. In addition to the
sushi, I ordered the "vegetables" teppanyaki
dinner which is just veggies and fried rice, but
comes with salad and miso soup - for just $8.95!
It was enough to just pick at, and then have
leftovers for lunch and a snack later.
If you've got a large party, Osaka is a great
choice for dinner, though it can sometimes get
quite busy. They're also great for takeout, but
if they are busy, expect to wait just a little
while for your sushi.