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shanda013 Oct 20, 2006 11:40 PM

I am looking to venture out to more sushi restruants. I like Yuki around Lloyd center. Have tried a few others here and there. What are your fav places around the area? Thnx.

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    Kristi Oct 21, 2006 01:20 AM

    Murata

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      jeff_pdx Oct 21, 2006 02:14 AM

      Banya on Hall Blvd in Beaverton, just off 217, has been a long time favorite. Haven't been for a while though since we moved to the other side of the river, but I've just recently heard they are still in business and still very good.

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        twinklchic Oct 21, 2006 03:49 AM

        If you're into the conveyor belt style sushi, then Sushiville on NW 23rd is a fun place. Kind of kitsch, with lots of options. If you're going for high quality fish and rolls, I love Mio Sushi on Johnson, also in NW Portland. Both are inexpensive, Mio's about a step up qualitywise, but Sushiville's cheaper and still good. Both are always packed, which is a great sign!

        1. JillO Oct 21, 2006 05:59 AM

          Murata is the best quality sushi in town. Also, probably the most expensive, but it is really worth it. The amaebi is amazing, as is the hamachi. Heck, everything sushi rocks there. If you order the special dinner, it isn't too expensive ($15? $25? pp), but if you order nigiri, it can get to be over $30pp. Again, it's worth it.

          Other places worth eating at are:

          Hakatamon, the Japanese restaurant attached to Uwajimaya (in Beaverton). Good sushi, good value, and you get to browse 'waji after you eat! ;o)

          The Takahashi (the one on SE Holgate near 104th) - they also have a tempura menu where you can order just what you want (like nigiri) which is really nice.

          Mio is decent too (I've been to the one in Beaverton, tho, not the others).

          I really like Obi (in old town, 3rd and Davis-ish) for eel and the Oregon Roll...but I have heard that they closed. Can anyone confirm that? They had (have?) the best eel I ever had.

          I have also had a few good meals at Ichidai on SE Powell near 58th.

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            edamommy Oct 24, 2006 12:49 AM

            What does it mean to be "attached" to Uwaji? Is it inside the market -i.e. the deli section? I tried to go and only found pre-packaged sushi in the refrigerated section.

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              extramsg Oct 24, 2006 05:07 AM

              No, there is both an entrance inside and outside to the restaurant. It's in the same building, but a separate room on the far right side, opposite from the deli area.

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            rockbroker Oct 21, 2006 06:38 AM

            I really find the quality of the conveyor belt sushi joints to be inferior. I think Mio is very good. Our favorite location is in N. Portland - Greely and Killingsworth.

            Hama Sushi in Hollywood is our local place with good quality sushi, though sometimes it takes a long time to arrive at our table.

            Oh, I just remembered Maki, on Main St. in Tigard. Awesome menu, and great sushi! A little out of the way for us in NE, but definitely worth the trip.

            1. extramsg Oct 21, 2006 07:49 AM

              Easily Murata. It's the only place I've had items that I thought were on a par -- or even exceeded (the salmon) - what I had in Japan. Though Hakatamon has several things that aren't far behind and it's ridiculously inexpensive for the quality. And much of their non-sushi is very good as well and also ridiculously cheap.

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                Brian Spangler Oct 21, 2006 07:45 PM

                If you are willing to go out to Hillsboro, Syun is excellent.

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                  jef182 Oct 23, 2006 10:57 PM

                  I agree- and they have non-sushi items for your non-sushi eating guests

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                    extramsg Oct 24, 2006 05:09 AM

                    I think Syun's sushi is just decent. Better than many, but a clear step down from Murata. And in my visits, Hakatamon was better for sushi. I'd stick with grilled items, tempura, and the like at Syun. For noodles, I'd go to Hakatamon.

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                  pdxgirl Oct 22, 2006 05:04 AM

                  SushiLand at 135 NW 10th has fresh conveyor belt sushi..

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                    pdxgirl Oct 23, 2006 09:43 PM

                    I would like everyone to ignore my recommendation of SushiLand on NW 10th.

                    It is fresh and clean and the service is good, the conveyor belt brings it to you nicely but unless you really enjoy mayonnaise in your sushi, I would skip it. Also, Tempura Fried Calamari should not be tougher than my winter boots.
                    So go to Murata..Thank you.

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                      MyNextMeal Oct 23, 2006 11:01 PM

                      In NE Portland, there's a few other options:

                      Meiji En - 2200 block of Broadway. Only been once but would go again...

                      Hama Sushi - Sandy Blvd by Trader Joes - My regular place...

                      Mio Sushi - 4200 block of Halsey - haven't been, it's a new location.

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                        barbarossa Oct 24, 2006 04:28 AM

                        has anyone tried Tani's on Woodstock recently?
                        it's at about 48th & woodstock.

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                          audreyskitchen.com Oct 24, 2006 04:55 PM

                          If you are going for ambience and trend factor, Sinju in the Pearl is the place to be. We reserved a tatami room for a birthday, and the food and service was very nice. For the best "deal", Saburo's in Sellwood is the best place to be for the best spider roll-the soft shell crab is rich and meaty. Neither place is very authentic, but I enjoy going there.

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                            pearlinsider Feb 7, 2007 06:21 AM

                            Yes, I love the tatami rooms at Sinju. It's not my favorite sushi (mostly because of the prices!), but it's perfect for certain occassions. We went there back in December with a group of friends and sat in a tatami room. Just minutes after being seated, the entire NW area lost power. The waitresses were really nice and brought us our drinks until they could figure out if the power was going to come back on. We ended up eating by candle light, which we loved.

                            I'm also a huge fan of Mio's, which a few people have already mentioned. If you go there, you have to try their Sonny Special #1... so good!! It's cooked salmon over rice, topped with a sweet honey sauce. Definitely worth a special trip!

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                            MichaelG Oct 24, 2006 09:01 PM

                            Let's not forget the Koji restaurants. I've been to them all, but one stands out: the one on Barbur, next to the McDonalds near Capital Hill. The sushi is great, as are the combo dinners and noodle dishes. But the special rolls and appetizers are particularly good. Maybe it's the sushi chef there, but I have found the sushi to always be especially good and fresh at that particular location.

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                              purefog Oct 25, 2006 04:39 PM

                              There are two places I have always wanted to try, but (for reasons that are about to become clear) I never have. One is out on SE Holgate. . .somewhere east of 82nd? The other is down on SE 82nd. . . into Clackamas County? I have gotten raves about both but, because I am not often out in those neighborhoods thinking about dinner, I never went, even back when I thought I knew where they were. Anybody? (One or both names begins with an "H," I think.)

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                                Leonardo Oct 25, 2006 09:57 PM

                                Skip Koji (mediocre/forgettable), Syun Izakaya (simply not worth the trip unless you're across the street), Saburo (crappy service/not worth the ridiculous wait). Yuki is a sad shadow of its original self, having presumably been sold a couple times. I won't return, even though it's 1/2 mile from me.

                                Only places I'd go to are Murata, Hakatamon, Obi (way underrated!) and Meiji-en.

                                On Holgate E of 82nd is Takahashi. Not great sushi, but good country comfort-food cooking.

                                Btw: Just got home from Japan, was with GF visiting her mom. Had some heavenly sushi. Favorite sushi times were with the local (Izu/Shizuoka) specialties eel & sakura ebi, a small shrimp the color of cherry blossoms, which also makes for the best tempura I've ever had. Went to the sushi museum in Shimeji for the educational & foodie experience.

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                                  BoyBlue Feb 3, 2007 10:12 AM

                                  I posted this in another thread, but just a heads up:
                                  Meiji-En may win the record for having, hands down, the worst service I’ve ever experienced. After securing a reservation, our party arrived and our drink orders were taken. We waited upwards of 30 minutes before having to ask for menus. After our orders were taken, we waited for over 2 hours for our food and only then was told that the kitchen needed to make another batch of rice. 30 minutes later, some, though not all of our order was delivered. At no point were we told that items would not be coming, orders were mixed up or combined with other members of our party’s order.
                                  At the end of the evening, the restaurant had offered us nothing but free edamame. When we protested, they begrudgingly gave us a discount, though we had to insist on an itemize bill because most of us had been charged for items we didn’t receive.
                                  The manager told us it’s our own fault that we didn’t get up and leave if we were unhappy.

                                  In regards to the food, it was so-so. I suspect that since they needed to make an emergency batch of rice, it was just too soon out of the cooker to make into rolls. All the rolls were falling apart, the rice wasn't sticky, and whatever they did to cool it down seemed to make it a little watery. All in all, not even worth the discounted price we had to pay.

                                  It may be a great restaurant when everything is going fine, but they were horrible in a crisis. They were going to offer us nothing but free edemame until we complained and they made no effort to let us know about the delay for the first 2 hours. We watched as smaller parties and the sushi bar were seated, fed and left, all while we received nothing more than miso soup.

                                  Oh! And the tea was very watered-down

                                  Bad bad bad

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                                    chocoholic1976 Apr 29, 2009 09:01 PM

                                    I have been to Meiji-En at least 50 times and have never experienced anything like what was said above. Service is always top notch and personable. All waiters and waitresses that have served me there take great care with my meal.

                                    As for the food, it's the best sushi I've ever had. Everything is incredibly fresh and prepared in a beautiful manner. I think their tea is perfect and their miso is wonderfully smooth and flavorful. My favorite Maki is the volcano roll. The owner buys Toro when it's good and it's amazing when they have it.

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                                  NativeOregonian Oct 27, 2006 04:46 PM

                                  Definitely check out Sushi Takahashi. A Portland take on the oober modern sushi-on-a-conveyor belt places: they use a model train... And the sushi is a great deal. It's located at 24 NW Broadway (Corner of Broadway and Burnside, downtown).

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                                    MichaelG Oct 28, 2006 05:18 PM

                                    I concur with Takahashi downtown. If you try their tempura thai sushi you will not be disappointed!

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                                      vrunka Feb 3, 2007 12:24 PM

                                      My favorite sushi place in Portland is Ichidai on Powell and 60-ish. Their fish is always very flavorful and fresh and they have interesting (but not too wacky) rolls, all pretty reasonably prced. Their squid salad is on my list of reasons why I can never leave Portland. It's out of the way, but if I have the time, that is where we always go. I have to say, though, that I've never been to Murata.

                                      I don't understand the attraction to Saburo. Is there something people like about that sushi aside from the gigantism their rolls suffer from?

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                                        stefchoi Feb 6, 2007 07:44 AM

                                        what do you guys think of Masu? i definetly like the downtown decor.

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                                          ScarletB Feb 7, 2007 02:47 PM

                                          We went to Masu East a couple of weeks ago. We had reservations, but had to wait about 20 minutes for a table for four. They were incredibly gracious, gave us a drink menu and then brought out drinks, and kept checking in with us. The decor/ambience is very nice, great accoustics, nice feel. Finally got seated and started with a couple of appetizers - the kabocha dumplings and agedashi tofu - both of which were very good. We then ordered a bunch of sushi, including both rolls and nigiri. The fish was very fresh, nigiri were good size and tasted great. The rolls were disappointing. We had a tempura shrimp roll and one other that had something cooked/fried in it (it was one of the special crazy rolls). Neither came out warm, so the fried part was mushy. The rolls didn't have a lot of flavor and fell apart easily.
                                          I would definitely go back because the service was impeccable, the space lovely, and the food was not bad, with fresh, good nigiri. I would, however, sit at the sushi bar and hope that I would have better luck with the rolls.

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