If you like good food, laughter, the sounds of exuberance and celebration, a mostly loud festive atmosphere then you will enjoy Osaka Japanese Grill in Mesa, Arizona at Power Road and US 60. They specialize in Teppanyaki cooking which is an entertaining dining experience where the food is cooked on a large hot griddle. Everyone seats around the Teppanyaki and enjoys the show. The food probably tastes even better just because you have the pleasure of watching a specially trained Teppanyaki chef while they prep, chop, dice it up and cook your food.
We had six of us for dinner on Monday night and thought it would not be extremely busy. Not… it was hopping anyway. We arrived a little early for a 7:15 reservations and sipped a wine while waiting for the show to begin. While it took awhile for the cook to make his rounds to our table we watched and laughed at the antics at the other tables. While ordering drinks we also placed our food orders. Drinks came promptly for those who had not already ordered one at the bar. We continued to be amused by our surroundings and then received our salads and soup some 15 minutes after ordering.
The salad and soup were both good from my perspective. The soup was a delicate and mildly flavor of mushrooms and onion. The salad was too small and due to the size too heavy in dressing. Other diners at the table didn’t care for the dressing which had a little too much ginger.
Now it is 8:15 and we are all getting very hungry but there is a lot of fun going around us so we are still entertained.
Peter, our chef finally makes his appearance and all was forgiven for the wait the minute he started entertaining us. He was delightful, fun, comical and made the dinner most delightful. Mr. B ordered scallops and shrimp. Gus, Ms. T, Ms. K, Mr. D and I had filet mignon and scallops. Osaka makes a fried rice standard at their restaurant which is not typical of all Teppanyaki restaurants. Usually it is an upcharge. Now for the cooking show…
Dinner served as prepared.
Well we are all so full and it was worth the wait. Peter was diligent with his required Saki pours that were squirted right into your mouth. I was afraid that I would be wearing the drink down the front of my shirt but he was so practiced that not a drop was spilled. I do believe they were diluted since I didn’t get stinkin’ drunk.
Someone gave Peter the idea that it was my birthday so they did the traditional birthday celebration with carnival mask and candle lit cake.
Five Star Rating from KCinAZ
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Osaka Japanese Grill and Steakhouse
6730 E Superstition Springs Blvd Mesa, AZ 85206