Love love Japanese food…and I mean proper Japanese food.

Japanese food is not always about the raw fish, there are plenty of cooked and equally delicious dishes that are available on the menu.

I say give it a try, and you can always ask for substitutions if there is an item you don’t fancy. One time, I wasn’t in the mood for Sashimi and they are able to replace it with a vegetable maki. You don’t ask, you don’t get – right?

It was a sunny day in Newcastle, and it’s D’s birthday! Meaning birthday lunch at Osaka along Grey Street!

Yes, we love sushi and anything to do with Japanese cuisine except for sea urchins, I gave it a shot but it’s not for me.

Newcastle definitely has come a long way in terms of places to eat and drink, and we have been to Osaka quite a few times now. The normal menu prices are a bit on the pricey side but the lunch special menu is more affordable – however, it is in line with the other restaurants along Grey Street plus they have really good food.

C and I went for their lunch specials and D went for the Bento box from the main menu.

Lunch menu here

Osaka Japanese Restaurant Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

Osaka Japanese Restaurant Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

Osaka Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

Osaka Japanese Restaurant Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

Love the Sakura blossom seats, their decor is quite minimalist but very in tune with the Japanese style.

Osaka Japanese Restaurant Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

Osaka Japanese Restaurant Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

Matcha Green Tea is a must for me regardless of weather. However, I always ask for a glass of ice cause it’s always far too hot for me and this applies to all hot beverages.

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My first course was the assorted sushi set on the left, which included salmon sashimi (2 pieces), sashimi sushi (1 piece), cucumber maki (2 pieces) and cooked prawn sushi (1 piece).

C ordered the assorted mayo sushi set which includes edamame, crab mayo sushi (1 piece), cucumber maki (2 piece)and tuna mayo sushi (1 piece).

D had miso soup as she went for the Bento box which was not on the lunch special.

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I love how they provide the ginger separately, normally they leave it in a jar on every table. I guess this is more hygienic, and they are happy to provide more as we always end up finishing it before the main course arrives.

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The salmon sashimi was soft and melts in your mouth with decent flavour — it must have been fresh and the cooked prawn has a sweet flavour to it.

Osaka Japanese Restaurant Newcastle, www.whatsupcourtney.com

This has to be the cutest chilli oil bottle we have come across yet. We have to press down the top button and pump out the chilli. Yes, it actually took us 5 minutes to figure it out much to our waiter’s amusement haha!

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The soft shell crab was such a standout with its meaty sized pieces of crispy crunchy outer batter goodness….if you had to get anything fried, I highly recommend this. Also, eat this while it’s hot because it is not as crunchy when it’s cold.

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C got the Chilli Beef Ramen which I had a few spoonfuls of, as it was too irresistible to not try. The broth was flavourful, light and definitely has a kick to it.

I cannot tolerate really spicy food, but I can tolerate this but for those who loves spicy food, I recommend adding chilli oil. There was an abundance of beef, finely sliced though it contained a lot of onions – far too much in my opinion.

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I was torn between the Chicken Katsu Curry Don or the Osaka Chicken Teriyaki Don. Decided on the chicken teriyaki which was pretty good – the chicken was succulent and you can taste the char from the grill and the teriyaki sauce. Although after seeing the ramen, I wanted the noodles.

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Below is the Teriyaki Unagi (Eel) Bento box. You get bits of everything so it was pretty worth it for the price.

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….so who remembers Ross from Friends with the Unagi episode?! Yes? No?

A special shout out to the waiter who served us, I don’t know his name but he is half Japanese/half Filipino, and he is one of the most helpful and friendliest waiter I know. Very knowledgeable about the menu too which always helps.

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There is nothing better than a catch up with old friends over good food. We were definitely the epitome of ladies of leisure that day – if only we can do this everyday!

It was such a pleasant birthday lunch, full of laughter, the lovely waiters were friendly and offered to take group pictures of us. I’m never one to say no to a photo haha. Best of all, they didn’t hurry us up even when the restaurant became busier.

We definitely will be back again, I mean seriously who can resist Japanese food!

…and guess what! Being greedy pigs as we are, we ended up having afternoon tea straight after lunch – birthday equals to cake and indulgence, right?

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Courtney xx

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