Delicatessen by Osawa is the brand new brain child by Owner Sayuri Tachibe and Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe of Osawa Pasadena (inventor of 80’s fusion-food TunaTartare genius) nestled among the rich selection of restaurants in the South Lake area of Pasadena.
With apprentice Executive Chef Tetsuya Osaki, they are serving contemporary deli-style Japanese food in a comfortable, elegant décor for lunch and dinner patrons both. Delicatessen has “Grab & Go” pre-packaged Shokado, Sozai Mixed, Salmon Miso and BBQ Chicken Bento boxes, as well as fresh sushi, Spicy Tuna, Battera, cucumber avocado rolls and the ever-ubiquitous California Roll. The deli-style, hot and cold items for custom boxes, salads & Donburi rice bowls. Super fresh foods.
Go vegan with chilled deli items such as the Sweet & Spicy Marinated Tofu, the Ginger Cucumber salad with cucumber, mizuna, endive and cherry tomato in a ginger lemon vinaigrette, & the Slow Roasted beet salad of really tender-sweet red and golden beets with frisée, kale, balsamic vinaigrette, the latter being my personal favorite. There is also the the Kale & Spinach Ohitashi dotted with quinoa, sesame seeds, bonito flakes & kizami wasabi, assorted Inari sushi of sweet soy inari tofu pouches, rice & fish of the day.
The hot items like the Kushi Tofu & Chicken Dumpling of ground chicken, tofu and vegetables with a Usukuchi soy sauce, the Potato Croquette & the crisp & smooth Crab Cream Croquettes, both of which are shareable panko-crusted, lightly-fried comfort foods, along w/ the Kushi Pork Katsu and the Chicken Karaage, a Japanese style fried chicken served with sriracha sauce. The Braised Beef Niku Jaga is a hearty, home-style stew of thinly sliced beef, potatoes & carrots. Very hearty!
Stealing the show: the Nanban Zuke or Japanese Escabeche of Mackerel stir-fried with the Trinity: fresh-cut julienned red & yellow bell peppers, onions & celery, tossed with a soy ginger vinaigrette (prepared here by Chef Osaki) Lots of salads! Fresh.
Delicatessen by Osawa, 851 Cordova Street, Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-844-8788.
Video by Monique A. LeBleu. Music: Hold On A Second, John Deley & the 41 Players, Licensed Creative Commons, YouTube.