Delectable fusion restaurant that will have you coming back for more
One of the first restaurant that I visited on my first trip to Buenos Aires was Osaka Restaurant Buenos Aires located in the ultra hip neighbourhood of Palermo. This scrumptious restaurant offers a wide variety of Peruvian Oriental food and included a to die for sushi bar. In fact this Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant has been ranked pretty high by Trip Advisor and was the Traveler’s Choice 2012 winner and received the Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Side note: I always recommend Googling a restaurant and reading the reviews before paying a visit to the establishment. A quick glance of the reviews showed that Osaka was a diamond in the rough and definitely a restaurant to eat at when you are in Buenos Aires.
My first impression of the restaurant was very positive. We entered a wooden door and were ushered up the stairs to our table. Even though we had a large party (there were about 10 of us), we were attended to instantly. During dinnertime the lights were dimmed and candles were light around the tables to provide a more intimate setting. As we sat down, the wait staff were efficient and also were immensely helpful if we had any problems with the menu (some of them also spoke some English). Our table ordered a wide variety of dishes including:
Sushi: a choice of: White Salmon, Pink Salmon, Sole, Grouper, Sea Bream, Stone bass, Octopus, Prawn
Sea Grill: Seafood marinated in sake, aji (garlic) amarillo sauce and panca pepper. Slowly charbroiled, comes on a hot iron grill.
Pollo Thai: Tender chicken pieces and vegetables in red curry, peanut and coconut milk sauce.
Miso Truffle Beef: 100% Angus Beef medallions, truffle salt with miso-flavored mashed potatoes and wok-sautéed mushroom mixture.
Shiromi Wrap: Grilled white fish marinated in anticucho sauce, coconut milk and smoked on a bamboo leaf. Comes with tasty white rice
The food was incredible and the table quickly fell silent as each individual savored each bite of their dish. At the time I was not a huge fan of seafood and I knew that Argentinian beef was world famous. As a result, I ordered the Miso Truffle Beef smothered with an amazing creamy mushroom sauce. It was beyond delicious. The sushi and the ceviche were passed around the table and it quickly disappeared.
Please be aware that when individuals bring water to your table, it’s not at all free.
Wait staff kept bringing bottle after bottle to our table without our explicit permission. In the end we ended up paying around $40 USD for bottle water. Also popular in Buenos Aires is the infamous “cover charge,” where restaurants charge each individual a specific amount of money for miscellaneous things (like a “free” octopus appetizer that was served to each individual before the main course). This restaurant is definitely a “slurge” resto. It’s a hotspot for tourist rip-offs and due to our large group (there were around 10 us of us) of gringos, I believe that they took advantage of us. Yes the service and food was impeccable, but it didn’t come cheap.
Would I go back?
Yes. The food was extremely good but pricey. If I had the budget, I would gladly return for some seafood, after all Peruvian know their fish!
Osaka also has restaurants in Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, San Paolo, Lima and Mexico D.F.