This corner fortress in Palermo Hollywood is renowned for pulling in the big Don Juans and the plastic surgery brigade looking for credit-card budgets.
rnBut more importantly the presence of this Peruvian-Japanese fusion shows how Buenos Aires has moved up a couple of rungs in the culinary ranks: Osaka would not seem out of place in Miami, where unnecessarily complicated fusions are cool.
rnBecause the word ‘fusion’ is still slightly new to Buenos Aires, however, the flavours are not overlaboured or drowned at Osaka. Rather, this is the finest example of combination cooking in Buenos Aires, and Osaka makes Miami’s hip Sushi Samba look ordinary at best.
rnThe ceviche starters melt in your mouth, the exquisite sushi menu includes fresh tuna – as opposed to, shockingly, the tinned tuna served in some sushi restaurants here – while the tempuras, woks and spicy duck or octopus main courses will have you in a hot flush by pudding time.
rnEither sit at the bar downstairs for a nibble, or let the stunning maître’d from Cordoba escort you upstairs to enjoy a sofa table. Osaka, which opened here in 2005, has branched out into San Isidro and Punta Del Este. Take this as a sign that Osaka is fashionable, expensive and a safe bet for a pleasurable evening.