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"You eat well and feel light despite their use of a lot of Mayonnaise and variety of deep fried items."
Osaka Sushi Lounge, situated in the Kantari area of Beirut at the entrance of Hamra street, is one of the top five sushi restaurants around town. Osaka offers unequivocally the widest selection of Sushi in Beirut. For the Sushi quality, freshness and taste, you are surely guaranteed an unforgettable dinning experience but as for the service, but of course some improvements have to be made as soon as possible: The waiters do not know the minimal rules of the food industry. At Osaka, like most of the sushi restaurants in Lebanon, you are served by Filipinos who know nothing about this industry. Why do they use Filipinos? Is it because they look like Japanese? Do you know that they do not even eat Sushi in the Philippines? The only place who has trained their Filipino staff is Sushi Bar.
Osaka has a beautiful private dinning room, which can accommodate up to 12 guests and enjoy an evening surrounded by authentic Japanese decoration and private waiters. The menu is divided in many parts making you want to order more to taste items of all the sections: Salads and tempura, soups, maki, maki platters, sushi, sashimi, teppan-yaki, temaki, boats, teriyaki, desserts, hot beverages as the champagne and wine list.
The overall experience was very pleasant, the sushi taste is very fresh and most of the pieces are warm giving an endless sensation on the palate. That day we ordered: Spicy Crispy Salmon, Osaka Kani Salad, Osaka special Maki plate, Sumo, Ebi Tempura Maki.
The food was good but what I hated as usual is that they serve Pepsi with no choice of Coke, and the paper menu and the menu. Is it normal or even acceptable to have a paper printed menu like the average fast-food places, when you are dining in a so-called sushi fine dining place with an average bill of at least $60/person? I would reconsider if I were them.