Yet Another Japanese Buffet Adventure

Where: Osechi Japanese Cuisine
Cuisine: Japanese
Affordability: $15 – $30 per person (buffet)

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Interior looks like a lounge more than your typical Japanese restaurants with shoji screens and Japanese art on the walls. It was a nice departure from that tired look to try and pass for an authentic Japanese restaurant. The “washroom” sign was really cute and funny, I thought.

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Seaweed Salad and Miso soup. Don’t judge the size from the photos. This is not your typical serving of seaweed salad. It is probably two bites worth if you were sensible. Remember, the place is a buffet; the servings are small so don’t be afraid to order compared to the others in the area.

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Artic Roll. We liked this one we ordered more.

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Shrimp Tempura and California Rolls. Don’t fear the size, it is not packed in and small.I think there was one shrimp in the whole roll.

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Sashimi plate. A little disappointed with the freshness of the sashimi. I forgave the “filet-like” cuts but it just didn’t taste fresh. I am usually a fan of white tuna, but wasn’t impressed with this one. The herb salmon was an interesting one, although I doubt an authentic Japanese house will serve such.

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Fried things (l-r;t-b): Shrimp Tempura, Scallops (likely a grocery store-bought kind), Tempura Tofu, and Squid Tempura (again, likely a grocery store-bought kind).

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They got the Salmon Skin roll wrong. This is one of my faves and I know what this is supposed to taste like. This one was just wrong. I can’t remember the name of the roll with a salmon bits on the top, but that one was just okay. The one with a mango was Gold Dragon Roll…it was interesting.

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General Tso Chicken (Chinese, of course), Mushroom Noodles, and Spicy Tofu.

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Tako, Unagi, Spicy Crispy Roll (Tempura Bits with Spicy Mayo), and Spicy Salmon Roll (Salmon with Spicy Mayo). We ordered more of the Spicy Crispy Roll. That one was good.

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Green Tea Ice Cream and Fried Banana. We told them to bring it together; they didnt. We had to ask for our ice cream twice.

Conclusion:

Generally okay for a buffet. There are others in the area, however so don’t feel that you are limited to Osechi when you are in the area.

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