Pittsburgh, PA Edition: Osaka

By Candace Nelson - 9:00 AM


A quick weekday getaway to Pittsburgh landed Afton and I at Osaka, a sushi and Chinese restaurant located on Greentree Road. From the outside, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, with it being in a plaza with giant lettering that reads "Chinese Restaurant." Hmph.


As we walked in, we actually entered a lobby of sorts, then the actual door to enter the restaurant was to the left. A small sushi bar was situated to the right, and our waiter brought us around to the front, where the large windows lined the wall and white tablecloths and napkins dotted every table.

The menu has traditional American Chinese food, along with a sushi menu. With no specific "chef's suggestions" sticking out to me, I went with the old go-to as a standard bar of measurement: General Tso's Chicken. The interesting thing here is that you can get it for $12.50 or pay a dollar more and get it with white meat chicken. So, that's a no-brainer for me.

I totally dig sit-down Chinese restaurants because I sometimes forget what it's like to have fresh Chinese food. I love the giant plate with a side of rice and another plate to mix the two however I like. There were large chunks of white meat chicken in a sweet sauce. It was kind of too sweet for me - no tang or spice, and just actually kind of syrupy. Not crazy about their concoction here - maybe go for something else - as this is just a little too syrupy sweet.

OsakaOn the sushi side, I wanted to go with their namesake - the Osaka Roll. It is a tempura roll with crab and spicy tuna. I was thinking for some reason it would be crab tempura, as opposed to the whole thing being fried. And that's my fault. But it was still good.

Fish was good, flavor was good - a little heavy on soy - but overall pretty tasty. I'd go back again and try some other dishes.

Grade: B
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