I don’t know why this restaurant is called Otaku but I’m going to bet its name has to do with “obsession”. This place is a very nice business lunch place and it seems based on their menu, their lunch specials are awesome.
I went here with a friend of mine from college who got a job as a sales rep. We actually did a podcast right there and then. Of course, he paid for my meal.
I think Otaku can be described as a Japanese restaurant but it has a variety of different food. Their “structure” is very similar to a Japanese restaurant but their food items are all over the place.
Anyways, this place is summery with a hint of elegance. Their food’s not bad either.
I decided to try the lunch box special and asked what type of food they recommend. I got the orange chicken, so did my friend.
Let’s break down this lunch box:
Eggroll and Pot sticker – Honestly, nothing very special. It seems like everyone gets the same eggroll and pot stickers from the same place.
California roll – Nothing special. It’s just California roll
Orange Chicken– This was great stuff. I always appreciate great Chinese fried food. I never order it because I always fear I’ll get something either overly sweet, soggy, or oily.
In this case, this was one of the best Orange Chicken I’ve ever had. It was light and fluffy and the orange has a good kick to it without it being overly sweet. Most importantly, it just looked beautiful to me. It shined like gold when I picked them up and crunched perfectly.
Brown Rice – I’m surprise and kind of glad they serve brown rice but they do serve a lot of it! It’s also hard to eat with chopsticks and you can’t really eat it like an Asian person because you’d look dumb if you picked up that giant box and pressed it to your lips.
Half-moon sushi roll
I hope this is what it’s called. I asked: “what is the best sushi roll here” and they came out with this. I’d describe it as a tuna roll with cream cheese and teriyaki sauce with a tempura fried shrimp inside. Overall, not bad for a specialty roll. The textures were all different, but they worked well in harmony. It did the job.
Otaku is a pretty trendy restaurant and they have a very clean ambiance. The golden walls give a royal appearance when mixed with the black and white and red all over furniture. At least for me, it caters a little bit more upscale (such as good for business lunches and date nights).
Service was decent and personable. You’ll get American servers here and that’s honestly alright. I enjoyed talking to them and they had pretty good service.
The lunch special is a great price for what you get. For $11 dollars, you get a great, fulfilling meal. I think these guys try to look fancy with their single number pricing, but it does have the ability to be a corporate style restaurant.
Otaku has a variety of sushi and Asian fusion dishes. Honestly, I’d highly recommend the Asian fusion dishes rather than the alright sushi. At least for me, sushi restaurants really need to pop out for me. This one does the job, but the stir-fried dishes at this place are amazing.
This place is a very good casual business lunch and I think the next time a client wants to get lunch with me, I’ll recommend this place. The only reason why I think this is that it seems like the only restaurant that’s like 7 minutes away that has pretty good food, but has the ambiance to match.