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Miyake - Portland

Anyone been there? How does it compare with other sushi joints in Portland?

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  1. I have not yet been there myself, but reviews from others who have, have been very strong. Apparently their "chef's choice" in particular is worth an evening.

    1. I've seen some reviews that weren't so enthusiastic, but, as with all things, YMMV. I've been once and quite liked it -- the prices were reasonable, the service friendly and professional, and the menu mildly quirky, with several veg-friendly options. The food was well-prepared and fresh, and I would definitely go back.

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      1. re: the_MU

        Here's the deal with Miyake. Sushi chef, Masa and assistant sushi chef Seth are former Yosaku employees. Masa, having been a chef at the Waldorf Astoria and Hudson River Club in New York sought NY as a better home with more restaurant opportunities for himself, wife and three kids. He is an accomplished chef trained in not only Japanese Cuisine, but also Italian and French. This is reflected in his menu, which includes a melange of culinary delights as opposed to the basic tempura and rolls of some of Portland's other sushi restaurants. Definitely order from the specials menu and you will not be disappointed. West End Deli has a good supply of Sake (beer and wine, too) and the folks that work at Miyake are more than happy to warm or cool your drink for you. Hours are as follows. Lunch Tuesday through Friday 12-3, Dinner 5-9 Monday through Saturday. Though it is not open 24/7, as it is a small and intimate operation, it is definitely worth rearranging your schedule to check out. By far the most enjoyable Japanese food in Portland. Cheers!

      2. As the place is 1/2 block from us, we have tied it and liked it a lot. We have now eaten there twice. We greatly enjoyed it both times. BYO, but beer/wine available at West End Deli, almost next door. West End also sells Miyake's seaweed salad and often has some of their sushi.

        1. I don't live far from there either, bur every time I've gone to try it it's been closed. Do they have unusual hours?

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          1. re: joss2

            I think they close in the late afternoon so they can pick the kids up from preschool, but then they re-open for dinner. They might be closed Sundays or Mondays as well.

            1. re: joss2

              Closed all day Sunday.

              Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday 11 to 2
              Dinner Monday-Thursday 5 to 9, Friday and Saturday 5 to 9:30

              They do not take reservations, so get there early.

            2. I've only been once and wasn't a big fan of the fish quality, but those that go regularly suggest ordering the daily special and to go on fish delivery days. For my money, Benkay has the best quality sushi in town.

              Here are some local reviews of Sushi restaurants:

              1. Miyake, for me, is now the best sushi in Portland. Used to be a fan of Yosaku but had a poor experience last visit - good to mediocre sushi, AWFUL service.

                We made the trip up to Portland when we heard Miyake had FRESH UNI! I had not yet experienced fresh uni and it was everything I dreamed it would be! Additionally, the fish was of excellent quality and the variety and presentation were fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the salmon tasting ( king, sock eye, char and trout)...I thought this was an imaginative (and educational) presentation I hadn't seen anywhere else.

                Some may be put off by BYOB or the fact that the bathroom is in the kitchen. I, however, find both of these endearing. There is a shop a few doors down to pick up some beverages and I enjoyed the opportunity to compliment and thank the chef/owner when visiting the restroom!

                I have been to all the sushi restaurants in Portland and Miyake is my favorite by far.

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                1. re: merrvally

                  Yosaku's is still my favorite, but we tried to go to Miyake's on Sat for lunch. They were closed, guess they're not open on weekends for lunch. Will try again for dinner, since reviews here are so positive.

                  1. re: maina

                    Yosaku is becoming a victim of its own success - Friday and Saturday nights are like a zoo now. I am not sure that its the restaurant's fault. The good news is that the popularity necessitates more thruput of fresh fish. Yosaku delivers a great product and its an excellent family sushi spot. But if you want a relaxed sushi experience on a weekend night, Ben Kay or Sapporo would probably be a better choice. I haven't checked out Miyake yet, but it is a priority. I am concerned about the hours though (restaurants with screwball hours are a pet peeve of mine).

                2. Yeah, I only get up to Portland on weekends. Have been to Yosaku twice, King of the Roll and Sapporo once. They were all good, Yosaku being the best. The last time I was up there, I wanted to try Benkay, but they were closed on a frickin Saturday at 1 pm. Still hope to try it and especially Miyake. Definitely want to try some fresh Maine conch if its available there.

                  1. Finally hit Miyake when it was open. The fish was incredibly fresh, the variety was terrific - both on the regular menu and a long list of specials. Service was very good considering the wait person had the whole room (altho that's only 5 tables), but minor issues were water glasses didn't get refilled and we had to ask for tea a couple of times. I had seaweed salad (delish!), miso soup, and variety of sushi. My daughter had the crispy almond roll which had this wonderful sauce lightly drizzled over it - very tasty and unusual (in a good way). Husband had special fish appetizer that melted in your mouth. Also, we had the green tea tiramisu for dessert - good, not great. And the price was very reasonable. As noted elsewhere, the store next door has a whole refrigerator/cooler with saki (it's byob). Was surprised at how small the restaurant is. There is no air lock, so in the cold weather you get blasted with cold air when door opens. And, since we were there on a weekend night, the door was opening alot. But, now it will be less of a problem with warmer weather. They don't take reservations, so go early if you're going on a wkend (open at 5pm), there was a line by 6pm on nite we went. One thing I did miss from Yosakus was the roasted veggies (esp their asparagus and sweet potato), which Yosakus offer as an appetizer and serves with bento box and teppan entrees. We'll definitely be back to Miyakes, but we'll return to Yosakus as well.

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                    1. re: maina

                      "Yosaku is becoming a victim of its own success - Friday and Saturday nights are like a zoo now."

                      Well, it was featured for a good five minutes or more on Bizarre Foods tonight. Be prepared for it to be even busier.

                      1. re: grittys457

                        Actually, I think the staff at Yosaku needs to be prepared. The last time I was in there, 2 waiters were talking shite about a patron that came in for pickup(someone I knew) and then went on to talk about placing a very explicit personal ad in the Phoenix. So consumed with their own conversations, we had to get up and ask for our check even though they saw us waiting for 10 minutes. No need to interrupt a good story, right??
                        The best place to sit is at the sushi bar. Service is great, there's a show and the head chef is painfully friendly.

                        1. re: serendipityeats

                          I have to agree... I have always had great service sitting at sushi bar and any service problems were due to waitstaff on the floor.