Lent, Week 2: Osaka

(Each Friday of the Lent season, we’ll take a look at a great, local, and “meat-free” [ie, seafood] meal.)

osaka coral reefWhere to eat: Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (1867 Martin Luther King Blvd, Houma)

What to order: Coral Reef Roll

I missed last week’s Lent post, so I’m making up for it with a double helping this week.

It’s difficult to feel like you’re sacrificing something when you eat at a good sushi restaurant on a Friday night. While other places are promoting their new seafood menus, sushi joints like Osaka specialize in seafood all year long. As long as you avoid the Cowboy Roll or Surf and Turf Roll, both of which feature steak, you’re good ordering a variety of rolls during Lent.

For several months, it was never a question as to what Lindsay and I would order every time we went to Osaka: Spicy Tuna, Shrimp Tempura, and Coral Reef.

The Coral Reef roll is all about the dynamic of hot and cold, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, the Coral Reef roll has been a bit lacking the last couple times we had it. While still delicious, it’s one of the best rolls I’ve ever eaten when done right. Cold tuna, avocado, and cucumber inside contrast in a great way against the hot, tempura fish on top drizzled with eel sauce. When the fried fish is served piping hot, the hot against the cold make all of the flavors and textures stand out in a way most rolls never do. Our fish hasn’t been all that hot lately, which is a real shame after knowing just how great the roll can be.

Slight disappointments aside, sushi is one of the best Lenten options around because there’s just so much to choose from rather than a few specials a restaurant may or may not do well. Osaka has made our favorite sushi in the area for the last few years, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a break from the usual fried or boiled seafood on a Friday night.


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