- Name: Pasadena Grill Diner パサディナーダイナー
- Cuisine: Steak
- Cost: ¥¥
- Bargain: Expensive
- Payment: Cash, credit card
- Size: Medium; 20+ seats
- Area: Umeda, Osaka City, Osaka
- Station: Umeda, Osaka
Inside, the decor was like an American diner. They have a bar section and some craft beer too.
My friend and I both ordered the 230 g US sirloin steak for ¥2380. They gave us a bib. Would it that messy?
Our order came with a side of salad, cream soup, and rice. Nothing special. The rice wasn’t great. Considering it’s Japan, it’s pretty “crappy” rice. The tableside condiments were Japanese steak sauce and BBQ sauce. If it was truly American, it’d have A1 steak sauce instead.
The steaks were a good size. Came out on a hot iron plate. Taste-wise, the steak was mediocre. It was tender-ish for American standards. However, since I’ve grown accustomed to wagyu, it was tough for Japanese standards. Thinking about it more after the fact, even Americans would think it was tough. If it was a $8 steak at some Las Vegas buffet, then I’d accept that’s what I paid for. But paying $24 for tough steak made things even harder to swallow, pun intended. The meat also had this… I don’t know how to describe it… this… iron-y? taste. I don’t know if it’s because from the cut of meat or quality of meat. I kinda associate that taste with cheap beef.
The table next to us ordered their huge T-bone to share which is what they’re known for, according to the TV program. 460g T-bone steak for ¥3780. Split two-ways, that’s actually cheaper than what we got. And if you’re wondering, yes, I did actually take a picture of another table’s food.
Overall, it was disappointing. Thinking about it more, it was very disappointing since we were hyped up about it from the TV program. We could’ve eaten much better for much less.
My friend summed it up best with her comment 「一番おいしかったのはビールだった。」 which means “The yummiest thing was the beer.”
TL;DR: Relatively tough and expensive steaks.
Address: 大阪府 大阪市北区 梅田 1-2-2 大阪駅前第2ビル B2F