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Osaka in Roseville

For my mom's birthday, I want to take her to Osaka. She has been talking about it for a year. I think it is time. Is it good? Are there better choices for Japanese?

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  1. It's a fun experience (assuming you are doing the hibachi). Given the strip mall setting, I was impressed with the food too.

    Beyond that, the closest Japanese you will find is Obento-Ya down by Dinkytown.

    1. Ive only been there once last year to try their sushi rolls, and i was not impressed. Even the rolls at byerly's nearby were better tasting.

      1. Any other options in the immediate Roseville / Dale Mall area? Not that I can think of. 10 minutes or so by car? Several: Fuji Ya, Sakura, Tanpopo, Midori's Floating World Cafe to name a few. Special occasion and ethnic food are worth the drive for the real deal, not a chain.

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        Midori's Floating World Cafe
        2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

        Fuji Ya
        600 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        1. We were supposed to be treated there for dinner about a year ago, and when we walked in, all of us were so appalled by the racket (loud, grating music accompanied by the roar of fans, lots of people noise) and unpleasant environment (harsh lighting and decoration, kids running around) to say nothing of the horrendous wait, that we all walked out. Haven't been back since. It seemed to me more like a Japanese Chucky Cheese's, and in fact they were soliciting for children's birthday parties.

          I'd second BigE's recommendation on Obento-ya. It's small, and there may be a wait, but the food is good. It's where we go for Japanese when we're not in the mood for sushi(Sakura) or noodles (Tanpopo). Sakura is also good for a general Japanese meal. Lots of choices on their menu.

          1. It would be helpful to know what she is looking for. Is she expecting hibachi, with the song and dance, or does she just want Japanese food?

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            1. re: kevin47

              Very good point, Kevin47. Thanks for making it.

              1. re: Rowdy

                japanese food, although she probably wouldn't say no to a dance and song. i guess i am looking for quality. should i go for sajiya or sakura instead?

                1. re: TCtoothpick

                  I think Obento-Ya, then, would be a great choice. They have a great variety, with good quality. I love Tanpopo, but unless she is expecting a noodle soup heavy menu, that might not be the right venue.

                  I was actually at Sajiya a few days ago, and was pretty impressed with their traditional fish items as well.

                  1. re: TCtoothpick

                    They are two quite different experiences. I haven't been to Saji-ya for a couple of years, so it may have changed since then, but I'd be surprised. Saji-ya is dark with lots of wood panelling. It's about half the size of Sakura. The menu is not large, and what they offer is of good quality and enjoyable. Service is generally good. All in all, it's a pleasant experience.

                    Sakura is larger and their menu is extensive, so you have lots of options to try new and unfamiliar items. The setting is definitely urban and slick, whereas Saji-ya always seems to me to be a favorite place in a small city. Sakura can get overwhelmed at times, so if you're going at a popular time, be prepared for the possibility of service glitches or longer waits. The food is always good.

                    You can't go wrong either way. Both would be enjoyable experiences, and both are about the same, travel time. from Roseville. Just depends on what you're looking for.

                    Whatever you decide, wish Mom a happy birthday! And let us know how it turns out.

              2. I've been to Obento-ya twice, and was unimpressed once and significantly let down the 2nd time. Haven't been back so my Japanese cravings get met by some of the other restaurants met here (or home cooking, of course--just had a wonderful yosei-nabe on Sunday with the familly...yum!).