Las Vegas has great restaurants to eat sushi. Consider Osaka Japanese Bistro for your next sushi craving.

Making the Best Sushi is All in the Training

Kai's special sushi roll at Osaka Japanese sushi restaurant

As you sit back and enjoy that exquisite sushi roll at Osaka in Las Vegas or your favorite Japanese restaurant in your hometown, have you ever wondered just what it takes to learn and master the delicate art of making great sushi? Turns out that making sushi is a lot more complex and subtle a specialty than you might think. Skilled sushi chefs who prepare truly authentic Japanese sushi go through years of rigorous training, often up to 10 years, to become an itamae, or sushi master.

Becoming an Itamae or Sushi Chef

In Japan, the title of a head sushi chef, or itamae, is an exceptionally prestigious and revered title. It is not loosely awarded and only the best of the best get to have it. The term Itamae translates to “in front of the board”, that is this is the person in charge of all that happens on the board where sushi preparation takes place. They are charged with the responsibility of preparing sushi, ruling the sushi kitchen, and pleasing the guests. An itamae in Japan is highly revered and honored.

Fresh mackeral and hocho japanese knife on sushi master cutting board

Aspiring itamae students must come prepared for grueling training and the challenges of the trade. To begin with, great sushi making demands excellent manual dexterity. Sushi makers must have expert knife skills and be able to achieve absolute precision. And the art of sushi making demands creativity in order to build a distinct and memorable sushi menu and reputation.

Expert knife skills are important to be able to cut fish different types of fish expertly and precisely in order to bring out the best pieces of the fish. In sushi preparation, rice and the careful mixing of sauces and arrangement of other ingredients must also be very exact. Neatness and accuracy are crucial.  Each sushi making session must result in perfect rolls, including carefully prepared sushi rice with exactly the proper balance of vinegar and salt, that present a visually stunning and deliciously perfect piece of sushi for the guest with each bite.

Mackarel fish sliced on sushi cutting board



With so much to master, the road to attaining the itamae standard is long, tough and requires complete professional devotion of time and skills. Here is the path the future itamae will most commonly take:

Sushi training school and apprenticeship

There are many schools today offering courses on how to train as a sushi chef. However, while these courses may equip students with the concepts and some mechanical skills of sushi preparation, the journey to becoming an expert and revered itamae requires extensive experience and apprenticeship. Programs limited to school training often fail to engrain the intense devotion and discipline, or allow time for learning, making mistakes and trying again, that makes for a truly master sushi chef. In Japan, the real way to become a respected sushi chef is to learn on the job; starting from the very bottom and working your up to the top.

Start with cleaning duties

In Japan, an aspiring itamae must learn the discipline of hard work.  He will start in his first sushi kitchen job with cleaning duties which include washing, scrubbing and general clean-up.  These duties are part of the training and prove the student’s devotion to becoming an itamae. This period may go on for a few months depending on the master, who will assess the young worker’s abilities from afar and know whether he has what it takes to become an itamae.

Graduate to preparing perfect sushi rice

Preparing sushi rice is a special process that requires precision and consistency.  Every master sushi chef has his own unique and secret recipe for the sushi rice preparation. In this step, the student learns how to make the rice, a careful blend of rice, vinegar and salt. The student’s itamae master guides him in each step, under careful supervision, until the student’s work meets the master’s own high standards. After demonstrating the ability to make perfect sushi rice consistently without supervision, the student will be rewarded with a move to the level of wakiita.

Sushi chef apprenticeship as a wakiita

Reaching the level of wakiita is one step closer to becoming a sushi chef. In Japanese, wakiita literally means “close to the chopping board”. However, it’s good to note that some wakiita may work for years and years under their itamae before they can become an itamae on their own right because there is plenty to master.

As a wakiita, the trainee can expect a wide variety of duties in the sushi kitchen, all of which may have to be completed rapidly and with precision. The tasks typically vary depending on just how much his itamae trusts the trainee. The duties may include preparing ingredients, preparing fish, slicing scallions, or even preparing sushi takeaway orders.

Also at this stage, with adequate experience, the junior sushi chef may have the capability of wielding his own sushi knives, referred to as “hocho” in Japanese. Permission to wield a hocho in a professional sushi kitchen is a sign from the itamae that the student is ready to go to the top.

cucumber roll sushi spring green on traditonal green mat

A new itamae is born

After many years of training and apprenticeship, the sushi master student will finally have the skills and experience to be appointed as an itamae. The new master sushi chef will have by now developed his own style for how to handle ingredients and wield the hocho. He will also have become very comfortable interacting with guests and working closely within the sushi preparation team. The world awaits the new itamae who will surely leave his mark on sushi menus somewhere around the globe and be remembered by many happy, satisfied sushi fans.

To see a great sushi chef in action, view the Food Network’s video that shows Osaka’s master sushi chef at work at our Sahara Ave Las Vegas restaurant, or stop by our West Sahara or Henderson locations and watch our master sushi chefs prepare the most authentic Japanese sushi in town.

Las Vegas’ Best Sushi Catering Service

You’ve enjoyed the tastes and textures of Osaka Japanese Bistro’s sushi at our legendary Las Vegas restaurant or maybe at our Henderson location. But did you know we also offer that authentic sushi taste, great fresh ingredients, innovative sauces, mouth-watering selection, and award-winning sushi chef artistry in our catering business as well?

Osaka japanese restaurant sashimi plate

If you have an upcoming event like a wedding or business banquet, or if you run a restaurant, buffet or other institutional food service, consider adding popular and tasty Japanese sushi and sashimi to your menu. Osaka sushi is authentic and exciting, colorful and visually beautiful, adding just a touch of the exotic to any menu. With many sushi varieties to choose from, we can help you add variety and fun to virtually any menu, with something for every palate.

And, when you choose Osaka catering in Las Vegas for your sushi needs,  you’re in good company.

Premier Catered Sushi Provider for the Las Vegas Strip

If you’ve enjoyed tasty sushi while visiting a Las Vegas casino buffet, chances are it was sushi prepared by Osaka Catering. That’s because Osaka provides 3 out of 4 pieces of all the sushi served on the Las Vegas Strip, including at the buffet services of many famous casinos. Meeting the needs of these big, highly selective clients is no easy task. In keeping with their high standards of quality and customer service, the top casinos demand fresh, authentic, exciting sushi rolls carefully and expertly prepared by highly-trained sushi chefs – and that’s precisely what they receive from Osaka. On any given day, Osaka delivers upwards of 20,000 pieces of freshly-made, delicious sushi to our growing number of catering clients on the Strip and around the Las Vegas Valley.

Serving the Best Catered Sushi in the Osaka Bistro Tradition

Kai's special sushi prepared by Osaka Catering Las Vegas

Osaka Catering was built on the quality standards set by the Nakanishi family when they opened the first Japanese restaurant in Las Vegas back in 1967. And, while Osaka Japanese Bistro is still going strong after all these years, and serving one of the most extensive and authentic Japanese menus in town, with such enormous demand for our famous sushi, our catering business has grown even faster.

To maintain our trademark high quality and freshness standards, our professional sushi team uses only the freshest, tastiest fish and other ingredients, sourced daily and prepared with care by highly trained sushi chefs. Our kitchen is a new, state-of-the-art production facility that is equipped to help us produce the very best sushi to our own high standards, and do it all on time. We then deliver our sushi with care, freshly made and beautifully presented, to provide a delicious and memorable catered experience for every event and every guest we serve.

Order Catered Sushi for your Event

Fresh sushi with fish roe close up by Osaka Japanese Restaurant sushi catering division

You don’t have to be a famous casino to provide your guests with the same high-quality sushi and sashimi. From banquets and parties to casinos, restaurants and institutions, Osaka can deliver a selection of fresh Japanese sushi in whatever quantities you need. We’ll work with you or your food service team to determine the selection mix and quantity desired, and go over details from delivery to service to clean up. We’ll make sure every detail is handled so that your guests enjoy a wonderfully fresh and exciting sushi experience, and you can sit back and relax.

Make your special event even more memorable with fresh, authentic Japanese sushi made with the best ingredients and based on traditional Japanese preparation methods. Contact Osaka Catering today for more information.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Enjoy these 2017 Chinese New Year Activities in Vegas

What do you have planned to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year? The Year of the Rooster New Year celebrations begin this year on January 28th and, as always, Las Vegas will be celebrating in style. Whether you live in Las Vegas or will be coming to town to celebrate with us, there will be lots of holiday excitement and activity, both on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Take a look at some of the Las Vegas events planned for this year’s Chinese New Year celebration.

Chinese New Year on Display

As usual, the Strip casinos provide extravagant displays for your enjoyment. Don’t miss the famous Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden with it’s Chinese New Year theme. There are plenty of chickens on display, of course, along with other themed decorations and all the beautiful plants and colors that characterize this iconic location. The Venetian also features holiday-themed floral and artistic displays at the Waterfall Atrium and Gardens as well as hosting lion and dragon dancers during the holiday weekend celebration.

The 2017 Chinese New Year Parade

The Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade celebrating Chinese New Year will take place on Saturday, January 28 at 11 AM in Downtown Las Vegas. This annual parade features colorful and creative floats that are constructed by different community groups in commemoration of the heritage of our many Asian communities. Organized each year by local Asian community groups and businesses, there is a full lineup of entertainment and activities at Downtown’s Container Park after the parade and continuing until 5 PM.

Lion Dancing at the LINQ

Traditional lion and dragon dancing is a staple of Chinese New Year. Performances are scheduled at various locations around Las Vegas. This year, among a number of locations, dancers will be seen at the LINQ Promenade on Friday evening, January 27 and from 1:30-9:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29. These open air performances are free to the public.

Benefit Concert at the LINQ

The Sichuan Song and Dance Theater Company will perform at the LINQ Theatre on January from 2-4 in an exciting performance of traditional Chinese song and dance numbers. Tickets are available and proceeds benefit the local JD Miller Middle School.

Enjoy Japanese Sushi for Chinese New Year at Osaka Japanese Bistro

Hungry after all that parading, dancing and singing? Osaka Japanese Bistro is a great place to celebrate the New Year in Asian style with traditional sushi plates or delicious hot entrees from our teppanyaki grill.  We’re traditional too, as the first Japanese restaurant in Las Vegas.  In our original location, not far from the Strip, or at our popular Henderson location, enjoy dinner or make it a late night snack at our sushi bar, or even order meals or a sushi party platter to go! Our award winning cuisine features a huge menu of traditionally prepared sushi, along with a full menu of Japanese dishes. If you select the teppanyaki grill, watch our chef will prepare fresh dishes before your eyes. As a favorite spot for local Las Vegas celebrities and local citizens alike, no celebration of Asian culture in Las Vegas is complete without a visit to Osaka Japanese Bistro!

Visit Osaka for the best sushi in Las Vegas

The Food Network Agrees: Osaka makes some of the freshest authentic sushi in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri of Food Network visits Osaka Japanese Bistro's Gene NakanishiWhether you’re new to Las Vegas or a long-time resident, you owe it to yourself to check out the best sushi in Las Vegas. Osaka Japanese Bistro is a family owned and operated business that has given generations of Americans their first taste of traditional, richly flavored Japanese cuisine.

Guy Fieri and the Food Network Agree!

We were thrilled to get a visit from the Food Network’s restaurant reviewing road warrior, Guy Fieri. He spend some time in the kitchen to see our sushi chefs at work and learn  how we put together our great tasting, fresh sushi plates. Of course, he enjoyed sampling a variety of our best sushi and got a chance to chat with owner, Gene Nakanishi. We know we impressed with our fresh ingredients and traditional sushi-making method that gives our food its rich, fresh flavor and beautiful presentation.

When it was all put together, here’s what the Food Network had to say about Osaka.



The Original Las Vegas Japanese Restaurant – and Still the Best!

Why has the food at Osaka Japanese Bistro won the prestigious Asahi Shukan award for being one of the 50 best Japanese Restaurants in the world? Because of our history of excellence. Osaka was founded by the Nakanishi family in 1967 and quickly became a favorite among visitors and entertainment elite throughout the city. Everyone from tourists to the Rat Pack flocked here for the best sushi in Las Vegas. Nearly 50 years later, it remains family-owned and operated and continues to give guests the same complex flavors and amazing dining experience.

Fresh Fish is the Heart of our Delicious Sushi Menu

sushi chef working to cut fresh large tuna fishDelight your palate at Osaka with three distinctive and delicious forms of Japanese cooking. Our menu offers a little bit of everything Japanese, and we’re glad to work around any dietary restrictions you may have.

One ingredient we are passionate about is using the freshest, highest quality fish available, arriving daily and expertly trimmed and sliced by our award-winning sushi chefs. The best and freshest fish are at the heart of the delicate and delicious selection of flavors on our sushi menu.

Sushi Bar

fresh suchi rolls at Osaka's suxhi barFor a tasty and filling meal in a hurry, visit our sushi bar. We use only the finest fresh and seasonal ingredients to create a unique array of sushi dishes. If you’re new to sushi or not sure what you like, try our sushi sampler. This variety plate gives you a taste of four different rolls so you’re sure to find the one you love. If you’re a sushi afficionado, you’ll find a huge selection of traditional sashimi and sushi rolls, and some of our own creation, like our signature Pocket Aces roll (spicy crab, avocado, cream cheese and crunch, topped with salmon and fried onion and drizzled with Teriyaki, tataki and yumyum sauce).

Teppanyaki Grill

teppan grill food preparation with flaming grillFor an exciting night out with friends, you can’t beat our teppan grill. This fun indulgence allows you to watch your food being prepared and interact with the chef and other guests, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells as your meal takes shape. You can order surf and turf options including New York Strip topped with tiger shrimp. If you want to splurge on an iconic signature dish from Japan, don’t miss our kobe beef fillet.


From Friendly Sushi Bar to Traditional Tatami Room Experience

Any foodie can tell you that what’s on the plate is only part of the complete dining experience. Interact with friends and our friendly, efficient sushi chefs at our lively sushi bar.  Your orders are prepared on the spot with flair and good spirit. Or, in Osaka’s tatami room, guests are treated to an authentic Japanese atmosphere as they savor world class, traditional flavors. Enjoy a quieter, more relaxed meal in your tatami booth along with plenty of attention from our knowledgeable servers. We offer a number of hot and cold appetizers and a wide range of authentic Japanese salads. These include surprising combinations of flavors and textures such as cucumber and wakame, sliced mountain potatoes, and spinach topped with bonito flakes. For your main course, indulge in mouthwatering dishes like our hearty rice bowls, vegetable omelettes, or chicken, beef, or pork entrees. For a real treat, try one of Osaka’s Special Boats, which include a number of tempura and teriyaki dishes served with delicious sauces and sides.

We think the Food Network would agree, if you haven’t visited Osaka Japanese Bistro, you don’t really know Las Vegas.

Looking for Best Restaurants in Las Vegas? Osaka is Still the Place to Be!

Sushi roll from Osaka Japanese BistroFounded in 1967 by native Las Vegan Sam Nakanishi, Osaka Japanese Bistro was Las Vegas’ first Japanese restaurant. As a great new option in a town with few ethnic food restaurants, Osaka’s fresh, healthy food and authentic Japanese atmosphere made it the place to be for local notables and regular folks as well. Today, fans agree Osaka remains among the best restaurants in Las Vegas.  Run today by Sam’s son, Gene Nakanishi, Osaka has earned recognition from diners and critics alike for the quality and freshness of its ingredients as well as the diversity and variety of its menu. The restaurant’s award-winning sushi chef, Shingo “Shin” Aihara, leads a team of talented Japanese-trained chefs in creating a memorable and delicious dining experience that qualifies Osaka to take its place in the ranks of Las Vegas best restaurants.

Award Winning Japanese Cuisine in Las Vegas

Under the leadership of Aihara, a one-time National Sushi Competition Adjudicator in Japan, Osaka has Best of Las Vegas banners hanging on the entrance to Osaka Japanese Bistro on West Sahara in Las Vegasbeen recognized and acclaimed by food critics and diners around the world as one of the best Las Vegas restaurants. The Asahi Shukan, Japan’s largest and longest-circulating weekly magazine, named Osaka among the 50 best Japanese restaurants in the world – the only restaurant outside of Japan included on the list. Famed internationally, Osaka is well-known and well-loved by locals as well. Both the Las Vegas and Henderson locations are favorite spots for a tasty lunch or a great late-night dining experience. The local newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journal, has awarded its readers’ choice “Best of Las Vegas” honor to Osaka 20 times.

Large and Delicious Menu of Sushi and other Japanese Favorites

Authentic Japanese dish served at Osaka Japanese BistroThe basis for this enthusiastic praise rests with Osaka’s extensive and well-crafted menu and dining experience. Offering three Japanese dining styles–including a sushi bar, a teppanyaki grill and traditional tatami rooms–Osaka is designed to meet all of its diners’ Japanese food cravings. Osaka’s authentic dishes include over 30 appetizer options and 75 different sushi rolls. Befitting its stellar reputation, Aihara and his cooking staff use only the freshest ingredients based on seasonality to craft Osaka’s signature dishes, including sayori (halfbeak), awabi (live abalone), katsuo (bonita), kanpachi (rudderfish) aoyagi (live surf clams) and Blue Fin Toro. Many of these exotic ingredients are typically only found in Japan, and Osaka imports them to provide their sushi bar with the widest variety of any restaurant in Las Vegas.

Family-Owned Restaurant Serving Las Vegas for Generations

Family-run since its opening four decades ago, Osaka is not just one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas; the restaurant, its owners and its staff have also become an important staples of the local community. band playing during jazz evening at Osaka in Henderson, NVHaving participated in numerous local charity events, Osaka is also a member of the Las Vegas Host Lions Club, a community organization dedicated to promoting volunteering and community pride. The Nakanishi family carries on its tradition of quality recipes and a passion for service that has sustained the popularity of Osaka with tourists and locals alike.  Many return again and again to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, witness the cooking artistry at the teppan table, relax in a traditional tatami room or chat with friends at the sushi bar in a classic Las Vegas atmosphere. Patrons can choose between the historic, original restaurant location on West Sahara Ave, not far from the Strip, or to take in an evening of live jazz at the Henderson restaurant. With its excellent ingredients, authentic menu and dedication to the community, it is easy to see why Osaka Japanese Bistro has become a premier destination and holds its long-standing place among the best Las Vegas restaurants.

Sushi Etiquette in Las Vegas

Japanese Table Manners

Before you visit a sushi restaurant in Las Vegas, prepare to enjoy a truly authentic experience by learning a few basic traditional Japanese table manners. This is one way to deepen your understanding of the rich Japanese culture related to dining and eating sushi. And, it is also a whole lot of fun!

Tatami Room Experience

If you can find a sushi bistro that serves food on a tatami floor instead of at a Western style dinner table, tatami room at Osaka Japanese Bistro in Las Vegasgo there. You will immediately feel more immersed in the experience. There are certain things to keep in mind with a tatami floor: Take off your shoes before you step into the general eating area, and make sure that you do not step on any cushion except the one that you will be sitting on.

Before Eating Sushi

Before you put anything in your mouth (yes, even the sake), clean your hands with the wet towel, known as an oshibori, provided by your server. Everyone should order before anyone touches any of the appetizers. Every meal begins with the Japanese phrase, “I gratefully receive,” pronounced itadakimasu.

If someone must eat right away before everyone at the table has been properly served, then that person Sushi chef offering a plate of sushi over the bar at Osaka Japanese Bistro Las Vegasshould not eat until the other people at the table say “please go ahead” or osaki ni dozo to that person.

Sushi Bowls and Dishes

Small bowls should be picked up and held close to the mouth. Large bowls and plates should not be lifted in this manner. When you are eating from shared dishes, use the opposite end of your chopsticks when you want to pick up or move food.

Drinking in a Japanese Restaurant

Japanese drinking etiquette means that no one starts drinking until everyone starts drinking in a salute, which resembles a toast. When you are drinking alcoholic beverages, then you should serve each other and never pour your own drink for yourself. Serve friends drinks as their cups empty.

Japanese Table Manners

soft shell crab dipping chopsticks

It is unacceptable to chew with your mouth open, audibly chew, burp or blow your nose at the table. If you must do these things, it is better to excuse yourself from the table completely and visit the restroom.

Should I Finish My Sushi?

Unlike Western society, it is good manners to finish every last morsel of your food in Japanese culture. If you know that there will be items on the menu that you cannot eat, you should request a substitute at the beginning of the meal. If you are surprised by a dish, then it is more polite to touch none of the dish than to eat some of it.

After Finishing your Japanese Meal
chopsticks in wrapper atop plate on table at Osaka Japanese Bistro in Las Vegas

Your setup should look the same after the meal as it does before the meal. Return every dish to its

starting position, including putting all of the lids back on the serving dishes that you use. Your

chopsticks should end up back in their paper holders or on the specialized chopstick resting area.

After finishing the meal, the phrase “thank you for the feast,” pronounced gochisosama deshita, is appropriate to say to the cook.

At local’s long-time favorite Osaka Japanese Bistro in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, we serve a broad menu of authentic Japanese cuisine in an authentic atmosphere, including tatami room, sushi bar or teppanyaki experience.

Teppanyaki Grill: Enjoy Japanese Barbecue with Style

Osaka Japanese Bistro Teppan GrillWe thought it would be a good time to reintroduce our customers to teppanyaki dining.  With spring and summer’s longer days coming up, our pleasantly warm Las Vegas evenings encourage people to dine out more often. Dinner at a traditional teppanyaki grill is a fun and different dining experience that is also tasty and healthy.

Teppanyaki is a Japanese-style dining experience that gives customers a front-row seat as a chef prepares their meal table-side on a sizzling iron griddle. The Japanese word “teppanyaki” is a combination of “teppan” which translates to iron plate and “yaki” which means grilled or pan-fried. Lunch or dinner at a teppan grill is a crowd-pleasing treat – a flaming onion volcano is sure to put a smile on any diner’s face – with a wide variety of entree choices from lobster tail to Kobe beef.

History of Teppanyaki Grill

While some claim that teppanyaki dates back 200 years, the Japanese restaurant chain Misono is credited with a strong hand in creating modern teppanyaki and in 2015 celebrated the 70th anniversary of their first “teppanyaki steak” served in 1945. Shigeji Fujioka opened his Misono restaurant in Kobe and his teppanyaki steak became popular among American officers stationed in Japan after the war. The foreigners enjoyed the blend of high-quality meat and watching the chef work on the teppanyaki grill. Word soon spread to celebrities and food lovers about this unique dining experience.

Teppanyaki Grill Technique

Chef cooking wagyu beef in Japanese teppanyaki restaurantThe flat, hot cooking surface is key to the flavorful preparation of Teppanyaki dishes.  Teppan grills, which are usually propane heated, can reach temperatures up to 450° C. The solid, griddle-style surface allows for the cooking of small volume ingredients ingredients such as rice, eggs and vegetables that will accompany the main meat dish, so your entire meal is prepared fresh before your eyes. Unlike a typical restaurant meal, which often cools as it is brought to the table, the teppanyaki grill allows for every bite of your meal to be hot and fresh, as you eat while the chef works by your side on his hot cooking surface. The chef prepares the entire meal table-side from soup and salad to appetizers to vegetables, rice and entrees. It takes years for teppanyaki chefs to perfect the knife work and other skills required to cook in front of customers, as well as to learn the presentation style and tricks that make the Teppanyaki an entertainment experience as well as a meal.

Teppanyaki Grill Ingredients

Teppanyaki grilled seafood plateSince teppanyaki started in Kobe, beef is front and center on the menu with diners choosing from such cuts as rib eye, New York or filet mignon. Top restaurants, including Osaka Japanese Bistro, offer certified Kobe beef from Japan. Teppanyaki, however, is not just for steak lovers as chefs also prepare chicken and pork. Seafood teppan grill may feature anything from shrimp to  jumbo sea scallops to calamari.

Teppanyaki Today

In 2006 the Japan Teppanyaki Association was formed with the aim of improving teppanyaki chef skills and promoting the dining style. The association helped implement a system of teppanyaki skills with chefs taking exams and earning certifications all the way up to Semi-Master and Master. Teppanyaki continues to evolve with chefs around the world putting their own touch on the cuisine. You can find teppanyaki grills on every continent from Dubai to Cape Town to Las Vegas.

Osaka Japanese Bistro has a long tradition of preparing teppanyaki for our guests. Teppanyaki is available at both our Las Vegas and Henderson locations. It’s a great experience for groups, so call ahead to reserve a spot and bring your friends for a fun time. With our extensive Teppan Grill menu, you can enjoy a broad range of seafood, meats and side dishes, all prepared in traditional fashion by our trained teppan chefs.  Come in tonight for a memorable meal and fun experience at our teppan grill.

The History of Sushi

An Ancient Japanese Staple becomes a Modern Favorite

Today, in all corners of the world, sushi is a familiar and much-enjoyed staple of the culinary landscape.  People in cities around the world crave this Japanese specialty as seen by the rising abundance of Japanese sushi bars and restaurants everywhere you travel. Before diving into your next California roll, consider the storied history of sushi and how its journey has shaped and changed this versatile delicacy across centuries and continents.

The Early History of Sushi

A woman planting rice by hand at the foot of Mount FujiWhat’s identified today as the first type of sushi—called narezushi— was quite different from what we know today. During rainy seasons in Japan and southern China as early as 5th century B.C., lakes would flood fish into rice fields. People would preserve this excess fish by pickling it, stuffing it with rice, and preserved for nearly a year. When taken out of storage, the rice would often be discarded before the fish was served. While this tradition faded in China, it only grew in popularity in Japan.

This dish became easier to prepare in 13th century Japan when the vinegar industry exploded. As a result, people became accustomed to sour tastes in their food.  They began to consume the sour-tasting rice that accompanied the preserved fish in what would evolve into the current type of sushi—han-nare—that only needed one month’s fermentation.

Fish market in Yedo (Tokyo), old illustration. Created by Neuville after photo by unknown author, published on Le Tour Du Monde, Ed. Hachette, Paris, 1867

Over the following centuries, the sushi-making process shrunk to a period of days and hours. People no longer waited for a naturally developing lactic acid on the rice, and instead added vinegar to mimic the historically tart taste. This next type of sushi, haya-nare, would involve packing layers of rice and fish into wooden boxes and adding region-specific specialty flavors and ingredients.

Modern Sushi

The next stage of sushi’s evolution would take place in Japan’s largest urban center, Tokyo. In the early 19th century, traveling food stalls became popular throughout the city for the same reasons that food trucks are popular today, offering easy accessibility to city workers during breaks and transit. These food stalls helped popularize what’s known today as nigiri—mounds of rice with slices of fish draped over the top.

Twentieth century refrigeration revolutionized the sushi scene even further—it made preservation and production significantly easier.

Sushi and the West

sushi master twisting sushi nori rolls on a bamboo matAs Japanese migrants spread throughout the world, so did their culture and culinary impact. People from the United States, Great Britain, and Australia encountered sushi and would later prioritize and popularize it in different ways. The image most commonly associated with sushi is the roll, or makizushi. This type of sushi is formed by a bamboo mat into a cylindrical shape; it usually features nori (seaweed) on the outside and a variety of ingredients on the inside. The California Roll, one of the West’s most popular, was invented in Los Angeles and is made of crab (or imitation crab), cucumber, and avocado .Many of the historic types of sushi mentioned above are still available in certain regions of Japan.

Nowadays, sushi comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors depending on where you order it. With such a wide selection available, and lots of local and chef creativity, a sushi outing a fun experience for all.  Diners enjoy watching the carefully trained sushi chefs prepare the dish right at the counter.  It is a fresh, healthy meal that will satisfy any diner.  

Osaka Japanese Bistro in Las Vegas: Authentic and Fabulous Sushi Menu

Banzai sushi roll from Osaka Japanese Bistro menuOsaka Japanese Bistro has been serving top quality Japanese sushi in Las Vegas for almost 50 years. Our sushi menu, designed by the former National Sushi Competition Adjudicator in Japan, chef Shingo Aihara is prepared by a trained all-Japanese crew. When you visit Osaka Japanese Bistro in Las Vegas or Henderson for your next platter of sushi, explore some of the wonderful flavors and forms of sushi that we offer. if you have any questions about our sushi menu, feel free to ask your server.



Las Vegas Host Lion’s Club Wine and Sake Tasting Fundraiser



Las Vegas Host Lion’s Club Wine and Sake Tasting Fundraiser


Osaka Japanese Bistro is proud to host the 2013 5th annual Las Vegas Host Lions Club Wine and Sake Tasting Fundraiser. Entry will include a full Japanese Buffet, featuring Osaka’s popular Sushi Boats, and access to a wide variety of wine and sake. This event will benefit various Lions Club charities, including LCIF Sight for Kids

Starts: Sat, 11/16/13 at 2:00 pm
Ends:Sat, 11/16/13 5:00 pm

This special event will take place at the Henderson Osaka location, 10920 South Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89102.

Osaka Japanese Bistro

Henderson, NV
cost: 60


Best Sushi Restaurants in Las Vegas: Where the Locals Go

Best Sushi Restaurants in Las Vegas

Despite the fact that it is landlocked, Las Vegas is a great city to enjoy some of the best sushi. You can get sushi at all different price points from $ to $$$$$. There are many sushi restaurants in Las Vegas, so it might be difficult to determine which one you should try. The new Nobu in Caesar’s Palace would be the newest place on the strip, but the experience will definitely cost you. If you’re looking for something that is still going to be memorable and mouthwatering, but for a $-$$ budget you might want to venture off the strip for this meal.

(À La Carte Sushi and All-You-Can-Eat Sashimi)

Teppan grill selection of foods on the grill beef chicken fish lobster and veggies

Kaze Sushi is Las Vegas’ newest gem of a sushi restaurant. It just opened in January and has already become a crowd favorite. Most sushi restaurants in Las Vegas offer All-You-Can-Eat sushi where you waste valuable stomach space with the rice; Kaze Sushi has All-You-Can-Eat SASHIMI (All the good stuff without the filler!) at a price point of $20. That means you can order the unlimited sashimi special AND still be able to order a few delicious rolls and unique appetizers to accompany your sashimi extravaganza. The owner takes great pride in the quality of his product so everything is fresh. The vibes here are hip and trendy, yet refined. If you’re a die-hard sushi lover who appreciates authentic Japanese cuisine and is into Japanese fusion, this will totally be your new hangout spot.

Location: 3400 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 Map
Kaze Yelp Page

Osaka (À La Carte Sushi)

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Osaka is Las Vegas’ original Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. It has been serving up quality, authentic Japanese delights since 1967. There are no frills at this low-key sushi place, just good ingredients and good chefs. These talented sushi chefs have developed some unique sushi rolls like the steak roll whose combinations of flavors and textures are sure to please. Osaka Japanese Bistro’s popularity and longevity can be credited to its satisfying food. Just ask one of their many dedicated repeat customers! If you are looking for a true taste of Japan and something a little exotic, Osaka offers a few delicacies that you can normally only find in Japan such as Awabi (live abalone), Aoyagi (live surf clams), Katsuo (bonita), Kanpachi (rudderfish), Sayori (Halfbeak) and Blue Fin Toro (tuna belly). You must experience these rare treats for yourself.

Location 1: 4205 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102 Map
Osaka Las Vegas Yelp Page
Location 2: 10920 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV 89052 Map
Osaka Henderson Yelp Page

Oyshi  (All-You-Can-Eat Sushi)

The tagline “Sushi, Sake, and Fun” pretty much sums up what you’ll experience at Oyshi. This is a more typical Las Vegas style All-You-Can-Eat sushi joint, but a cool one. The space here is roomy and has an urban feel. Sleek, modern furniture is mixed with street art wall murals and mood lighting. Sushi rolls here are of good taste and quality. Dessert (which is included with your All-You-Can-Eat meal) is the awesome end to a filling meal. Choose from the exotic Green Tea Tiramisu to the delightful Berry Parfait. During ‘Ladies Night’ from 11pm-2am, ladies get a discount on All-You-Can-Eat dinner prices. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can get 2 for 1 sake. They also have private rooms that you can request for large parties.

Location:7775 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89113 Map
Oyshi Yelp Page

Other Las Vegas Restaurants

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Looking for something a little closer to the hotel? Try one of these: Top Restaurants in Las Vegas: Best Views of the Strip.

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Top Restaurants in Las Vegas: Best Views of the Strip

Top Restaurants in Las Vegas: Best Views of the Strip

Picture of couple enjoying dinner at top Las Vegas restaurant with view of the Strip
What are the top restaurants in Las Vegas? Well, that’s a tough one to answer because there are just so SO many palate exploding restaurants here in Las Vegas and everyone is looking for something different. Are you looking for unique tastes? A gourmet experience? Celebrity chefs?

Here are a few top restaurants in Las Vegas at the top; that is, highly rated restaurants offering gourmet dining at sky-high altitudes. The combination of amazing food and stunning views at these places will make you feel like you’re floating on cloud nine.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant
The best way to get an up close and personal view of Las Vegas is by taking the elevator ride up to the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It is quite appropriately named as it is located inside the hotel’s Eiffel Tower replica. If you want to dine fancy with the beauty of the Strip as your setting, this location is prime because it is smack-dab in the middle of everything. As you watch the picturesque Bellagio fountain show and savor your delicate, flaky Individual Eiffel Tower Beef Wellington, your heart will exclaim, “C’est magnifique!” (Translation: “This is beautiful!”) Be prepared to shed a tear.

Location:  Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino – 3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109 Map

Mix at the Mandalay Bay Hotel boasts one of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip and offers an innovative menu worth sampling. This lux restaurant and ultra lounge is the perfect place for dinner, drinks, and coy conversation. It is located at the southern end of the Strip, so you get a beautiful bird’s eye shot of the whole street from south the north. The décor is modern, artistic, and chic. Enjoy their signature Lobster Curry and the miX candy bar (a pleasant combination of coconut/lime sorbet coated in chocolate and topped with a single golden leaf). At Mix, you will feel like you are the ultra coolest person on the top of the world.

Location: Mandalay Bay Resort – 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119 Map

NOVE at the top of the Palms Casino Resort also offers a breathtaking panoramic of the Las Vegas skyline. The windows are right next to the huge Palms sign so you get to experience it in all of its glittering glory. Bonus! The restaurant itself is dim, lit primarily by crystal chandeliers that glow neon pink. This allows the bright lights of the city to be the backdrop to your delicious dinner experience. They are known for their spaghetti full of seafood and squid ink noodles in a light red sauce. Finish your meal with some cannoli for sharing. They give you the shells, a pipette of cream, and a sampling platter of sauces and toppings as a kind of DIY dessert. This restaurant with a view is definitely a great place for fun with friends or a date!

Location: Palms Casino Resort – 4321 West Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89103 Map

Dinner in the Sky
For a more exhilarating experience, you can be part of the view at Dinner in the Sky LV. This extreme concept restaurant brings fine dining to new heights, literally. You and 21 other guests will be hoisted 180 feet into the air where there is nothing supporting your table except a hanging crane arm. As you float above the Las Vegas skyline, you will enjoy a gourmet meal with world class personal service. Imagine the wind in your hair, wine in your hand, and an unobstructed 360 degree view of the Las Vegas strip. Sounds like the perfect evening for any classy, food-loving adventurer.

Note: Opens May 2013, but taking reservations now!

Location: 4750 S. Procyon Ave Las Vegas, NV 89103 Map

Dining at  ‘Top’ Restaurants in Las Vegas

Tip: When dining at a restaurant known for its spectacular view, make reservations in advanced and always specifically request a window seat.

Still looking for an exciting meal, but want something a little closer to the ground? Check out these fun Las Vegas restaurants.

Contributed by Dera Masunaga

Fun Restaurants in Las Vegas

Fun Restaurants in Las Vegas

Picture of Las Vegas Sign promoting fun restaurantsBright lights, high-kicking ladies in feathery costumes, impersonators, and FOOD. Las Vegas is known for all of the above. It is one of the entertainment capitals of the world and has undoubtedly grown to be a major foodie destination as well. Not surprisingly, there are a few local eateries that combine these two features. For those who want to make the most out of their mealtimes, here are 5 fun restaurants in Las Vegas:

If you’re looking to step back to retro-Vegas times, this Restaurant & Lounge is for you. The Peppermill will transport you to a neon paradise decked out with glowing pinky-purple lights, indoor trees, and plastic plants. The jars of colored sugar on the tables will inspire you to order a nice big Cup O’ Joe just so you can use it. Sometimes there’s a photographer walking around who will take a complimentary souvenir photo of your group. The American-diner theme is reflected throughout its eclectic menu which offers everything from New York Steak and Fettuccine (yes, as one dish!) to the Fruit Fantasia Waffle. Or maybe you’ll just enjoy the Colossal Sundae as your entrée? Hey, it’s Vegas, indulge a little!

Location: 2985 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV Map

Capo’s Italian Cuisine
Vegas was built by the mob. Therefore, it would only be fitting that there be a mob-themed restaurant in Las Vegas. At Capo’s, the fun starts with the search for the door because this place is reminiscent of a speakeasy complete with a hidden entrance and wise guy doorman. Once inside, the tufted red booths, dark woods, and antique chandeliers will make you feel as though you might be sitting down to have a meal with the Godfather himself. And the food? There’s nothing but great Italian everything with special touches that make each dish on this menu delizioso. Start with the Caesar salad topped with meatballs and finish with some Connoli! Everyone is welcome to eat at like a mobster at Capo’s- if they can find the door.

Location: 5675 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146 Map

Switch Steak
If you love yourself a great steak and have décor ADD, this is the perfect place for you. Switch is an upscale steakhouse with an entertaining twist. Whilst enjoying your gourmet dining experience, you might notice the lighting, ceiling, and walls changing and think you’ve gone mad. No, they didn’t slip LSD into your food. The décor actually switches every twenty minutes, hence the restaurant’s name. (Ahhh, how clever!) As though the magic walls weren’t cool enough, there are also windows overlooking the Encore Beach Club making the ambiance here even more unique and amazing.

Location: 3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Inside the Encore) Map

Heart Attack Grill
Its patented motto “A Taste Worth Dying For ”® pretty much sums up this good, honest American burger and fries joint. Home of the World’s Most Calorific Burger (The Quadruple Bypass Burger ®), the Heart Attack Grill is one place that doesn’t make you feel guilty for enjoying a little grease now and again. The fries at the all-you-can-eat fries station are literally deep-fried in pure lard AND you can put cheese on them. Sexy nurses act as your waitresses at this hospital themed restaurant. They may not be real, certified nurses, but they can surely help push you out in a wheelchair if things get too heavy.

Location: 450 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Near Neonopolis) Map

Osaka Japanese Bistro
Nothing says ‘fun’ better than sushi, sake, friends and fire. Fire? Yes, at Osaka Japanese Bistro you can have a teppanyaki grill dinner, which is basically like having dinner and a show! A trained teppanyaki chef will masterfully prepare your meal of choice right in front of you and your friends. You’ll see a variety of spatula tricks, flying foods, and, if you’re lucky, maybe the chef will do the flaming onion volcano. If you’re not into fire, they also have more traditional style tatami rooms where you and your friends can kick off your shoes (or heels) and dine on boats of fresh sushi with familiar and creative flavors.

Location 1: 4205 West Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89102 Map
Location 2: 10920 South Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89052 Map

Experience the Fun of Dining in Vegas!

These restaurants offer great food and Vegas-style entertainment. They are all also one-of-a-kind Las Vegas-only establishments. So the next time you’re in town and craving some excitement, consider trying one of these fun restaurants!

Contributed By Dera Masunaga