For the bf's b-day we are heading down to Portland (from seattle) and I'm looking for some good food. Not too expensive, but maybe a nice Sushi place for a saturday night dinner? Other than that anything cool and unique?
Of the two places mentioned, Hiroshi just opened about 6 weeks ago, and looks to be more upscale than Shin Ju. Both restaurants are adjacent to Jameson Square on
NW 10th Avenue (Streetcar stop Johnson), I prefer the decor at Shin Ju (carved Japanese screens and private tatami rooms).
the thai orchid is a place we stop whenever we are in town. it is on west burnside, around 20-23rd. the food is very fresh, authentic, and delicious. the decore is laid back and funky (if you want more formal (but not that great) go to the thai orchid in vancouver washington, they got linens), the service friendly and helpful, and fast.
their green curry is the best i have had anywhere, and you can have it with squid. the ingredients in all of their dishes is authentic, and not americanized. everytime, and everything we have eaten there turned into our favorite! it hurts not to have one in my area....
have a great trip:)
I'd suggest getting around more next time you're up. Try Pok Pok or Cha Ba, for example. I think you'd find if you look back in Thai Orchid's kitchen they're probably using Mae Ploy for their green curry like 99% of the other Thai restaurants in town. However, Cha Ba often makes a stir-fried green curry with fried basil you're unlikely to find elsewhere in town.
try Masu just off Burnside on SW 13th. It's upstairs, sushi, fun cocktails with a really hip, young vibe, big city feel but not stuffy.
Another unique place is Le Pigeon, on Burnside on East side of river, close in. It's very unique, small, crowded but really excellent food for not a lot of dough.
Sinju note, if you go there, you'll have to reserve a tatami room and i believe they only allow that for 4 or more people.
welcome to pdx
You can't do better than Murata in downtown for sushi. Free valet parking, too. There are reasonable options, too, such as their fixed price meals which max at $25/person. Or you can order sushi, etc, ala carte. Note, it's all about the quality of the fish here, so if you're looking for funky rolls and chic digs, this may not be your best choice.
I agree that if you want something unique and good quality, Le Pigeon would be an excellent choice. Not overly expensive, either. Not chic, more rustic, inside.
Can't go wrong with Murata.
Added bonus: unlike 97% of US sushi places, they don't get their fish from a Moonie-controlled company!