Osaka Japanese Restaurant
3207 Northest Avenue
Mon-Fri 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Mon-Thurs 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Osaka Japanese Restaurant is one of the more unique restaurants in Bellingham. I can’t think of another place in town at which I can get both a good meal and take a short stroll through a Japanese garden. That’s right -- when the owners of Osaka moved into their current location on Northwest Avenue they put in a good-sized Japanese garden, complete with a traditional Asian-style bridge and pond. It would have been perfectly reasonable -- especially given the good quality of their food -- to turn all of the space outside their building into parking. But the garden creates a lovely view out the back windows of the restaurant and, as I said, makes Osaka unique.
When you can tear yourself away from the garden and walk inside the restaurant, you’ll find that the interior of the place is just as pleasing as the exterior. During the day you’ll find it clean and bright, with an interesting collection of Japanese art tastefully displayed on the walls. In the evening the ambience is warm and pleasant, with tiny lanterns flickering on all the tables. Osaka also has one spacious and comfortable tatami room for larger parties lucky enough to book it ahead of time, and space for diners at the sushi bar as well.
The lunch and dinner menus at Osaka are some of the most complete -- in terms of Japanese food -- in town. They include sushi, teriyaki, yakisoba, tempura and stir fry, with generous combination platters for both lunch and dinner. If you’re there with a date and can’t decide what to order, try one of the "Love Boat" dinner combinations. This meal is an impressive display when it arrives, and depending on which version you order, you’ll get tempura (fresh and perfectly fried), miso soup (never too salty), sunomono salad and an assortment of sushi. If you’re there strictly for sushi, you’ll find the selection extensive, and the quality of the fish impressively fresh and well prepared. The folks at Osaka pay attention to the smaller details of a dining experience, for instance, brewing the green tea to order with loose tea leaves rather than tea bags. This attention to detail makes it a worthwhile place to visit.
Osaka is one block northwest of Yeagers Sporting Goods, on Northwest Ave.
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