Now Open: Osawa Brings Otsumami, Shabu Shabu and Sushi To Old Town Pasadena
Interior of Osawa in Pasadena
At 11 a.m. yesterday, Osawa opened to the public in Pasadena. The restaurant is owned by Sayuri Tachibe, who is the wife of corporate executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe of the Chaya Restaurant Group, though he isn't involved in this project, nor is Chaya. The chef at Osawa is Norio Yoshikawa.
Osawa will focus on otsumami (Japanese snacks), sushi and shabu shabu. The restaurant seems to especially be pushing its shabu shabu, offering kurobuta pork, prime rib-eye and Wagyu beef. The snacks are along the lines of shishito tempura stuffed with spicy tuna, and beef tongue and furofuki daikon with shaved kelp. The sushi menu looks fairly standard: sushi, sashimi and a handful of rolls (rainbow, dragon etc.).
Osawa will be open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun.
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