I was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening day of Osaka by a work colleague, after trying some of the buffet on offer I knew I would have to go back for a real taste of their menu.
So there I was sitting in Newcastle on a Thursday, twiddling my thumbs and contemplating what restaurant I should visit with a friend that night, when it hit me - "OSAKA!"
Maybe one of the first things you'll notice is that Osaka is not a very big restaurant, in fact it may only seat 20-30 people and within close proximity, this is one major draw back and is probably the main reason you can't pre-book tables.
However, this didn't deter me from visiting again - the food quality was pretty darn good at the opening and I was certainly greeted with a warm welcome.
We got a table no problem and the staff were very nice, one woman in particular was very helpful when we were making our food choices.
We decided not to go for main meals but instead, on the guidance of the waitress, to pick 4-5 starters and combine this with a rice dish.
With a bottle of Asahi in hand, a lovely light Japanese beer, I was more than ready to tuck into some new and experimental food choices.
The food arrived rather promptly, no too promptly that you would question the preparation of the dish, but a good prompt, 15-20 minutes waiting time.
Everything we ate was superb, classic Japanese dishes made with great quality - the stand out dishes for me were the Wasabi Prawns and the Teriyaki Chicken.
Both dishes were very generous portions, especially given they were starters.
All in the meal came to £15 per head, a very very reasonable price, and I would recommend a visit to anyone who enjoys Asian food.
However, I did learn one major thing on my trip; I need to improve my chop stick skills.
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