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dagoose Feb 14, 2007 08:14 AM

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?

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    pdxgirl RE: dagoose Feb 14, 2007 06:02 PM

    A really nice sushi place on the NW side of town , I think, is Shinju or Hiroshi..both in the Pearl District.

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      daawgon RE: pdxgirl Feb 14, 2007 07:20 PM

      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).

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      princessteenymeat RE: dagoose Feb 15, 2007 02:19 PM

      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:)

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        extramsg RE: princessteenymeat Feb 15, 2007 09:27 PM

        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.


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        charlotterusse RE: dagoose Feb 15, 2007 02:34 PM

        Hi there
        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

        1. extramsg RE: dagoose Feb 15, 2007 09:24 PM

          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.


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            Leonardo RE: dagoose Feb 16, 2007 07:27 AM

            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!

            1. ataramasso RE: dagoose Feb 16, 2007 02:24 PM

              For sushi you could also try the new Masu East on NE 28th, below E Burnside. Or, go next door to Ken's for pizza if you can score a table. : ) I'm addicted to the fennel sausage and calabrian chili pizza, myself.

              I would also second Pok Pok/Whiskey Soda Lounge for Thai. Fantastic.

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                surfer dude RE: dagoose Feb 16, 2007 09:04 PM

                I agree with charlotteruse and atarmasso!

                1. Cognac RE: dagoose Feb 28, 2007 09:17 PM

                  I think Sinju - if you can score a private tatami room if your group is not that large.

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                    michael Gibbons RE: dagoose Feb 28, 2007 09:50 PM

                    Murata-- just across from the civic auditorium on Main st.(?)i s bar none Portland's best S- you will need reservations and it is not cheap--but fine sushi never is

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                      taco_belle RE: dagoose Mar 1, 2007 10:27 AM

                      I believe Murata is on Market Street - street level of the 200 Market Bldg.

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