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wallolive oil Oct 5, 2008 02:20 PM

Travelling to Portland in 2 weeks. Have eaten at Sushiland before but would like something a little....more.....well, you know, better?

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    Leonardo Oct 5, 2008 02:55 PM

    Other end of the spectrum, two places of which I'm really proud, where I could take discerning friends from Japan without feeling embarrassed: Murata and Hiroshi. The real deal.

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      SauceSupreme Oct 5, 2008 10:51 PM

      Those two really are the only answer.

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        Kazy Ctn Oct 8, 2008 08:38 AM

        I'd have to agree with the above...

      2. re: Leonardo
        TThea Oct 9, 2008 09:15 PM

        If you're looking for high end, then yes, Murata and Hiroshi are the places you want to go. If you're looking for slightly better than Sushiland (there's nowhere to go but up!), then you can try Masu or even the Uwajimaya store - there's a restaurant attached to the store and the store itself is kinda fun to visit :)

        Enjoy Portland!

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          SauceSupreme Oct 9, 2008 10:10 PM

          The restaurant attached to Uwajimaya in Beaverton is called Hakatamon. At one time they were more renowned for their udon, but have shifted their noodle focus to ramen instead (and a fairly decent option at that).

          I heard through the grapevine that they've recently re-focused their sushi efforts as well.

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            TThea Oct 11, 2008 11:46 AM

            Interesting! I have to try out the ramen there then. I have only had sushi at Hakatamon and it was ok.

            Went to SushiTown last night - the setup is like Sushiland, but the staff is much friendlier and welcomes new patrons in Japanese :)

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              SauceSupreme Oct 11, 2008 11:49 AM

              If you're already in Beaverton, then you should try the ramen at Yuzu just off the 217.

              Frankly, the best ramen in Portland belongs to Biwa.

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        nkeane Oct 6, 2008 09:25 AM

        Murata and Hiroshi are the two high end places in town. is that what you are looking for, or just solid utility sushi? because there are a few more places that do a good job with out the expense and fuss of either(but of course less great).

        Sin Ju
        Masu
        Umenoki
        ichidai

        as far as conveybelt sushi goes, its pretty much all crap around here.....If you end up at one, your only hope is to not eat the stuff circling on the "decomposition express", but to order from the chef directly. good luck!

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          gumi Oct 6, 2008 11:43 AM

          If you have a car, try Maki in Tigard. About 20 minute drive from the downtown. If the chef named Shiro is behind the sushi counter, you'll get to have great sushi. I am Japanese who knows what real sushi is.

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            akq Oct 8, 2008 02:21 PM

            You could try Saburo's. Be prepared for a wait, opportunity to order only once, large fish to rice ratio...not my favorite but my SO loves it.

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              Leonardo Oct 8, 2008 02:48 PM

              Saburo's is truly disgusting, the food, wait, and service. If all you care about is large portions for the price, have at it. Otherwise, it is very much along the lines of Sushiland, foodwise.

              Do you want a hair better than Sushiland, or the polar opposite? Just curious.

            2. SauceSupreme Oct 8, 2008 04:27 PM

              One of the fundamental problems that I've seen in Portland sushi spots is one of proportion. Yes, you get a high yield of food per unit dollar (two massive pieces of a nigiri item will set you back only $4), but it comes at a cost. The size impedes the flavor, as it adopts a different mouthfeel than a properly sized nigiri should.

              Morever, it's been one of seasoning. Very rare is a sushiya going to even bother to season the nigiri, whether it be with simple soy sauce, or with typical accompaniments like yuzu, mustard, or sea salt. Other than Murata or Hiroshi, expect your nigiri to come out undressed.

              Those two are very cardinal sins, but for me it goes even further, but it's a matter of taste. I prefer my rice to be a bit warmer (without sacrificing the "flippability" of a piece of nigiri) as well as a bit on the acidic side. I know it's unfair to look for Edo-style sushi in a small town like Portland, so I concede that point, but the first two are major sticking points.

              The two sushiyas that come closest are Hiroshi and Murata. In both cases, your best bet is to call ahead and make a reservation with the head chef, or to arrive and insist on sitting at the bar with the head chef.

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                alexa52 Oct 14, 2008 01:03 PM

                Not exactly high end, but my husband and were told about I Love Sushi and it is really good. I wouldn't call it upscale by any means (it's in a strip mall in Cedar Hills), but it has been consistent and good and reasonable.

                3486 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
                Beaverton, OR 97005
                (503) 644-5252

                Leonardo- As far as upscale I am excited to hear about Murata and Hiroshi-- which one would you recommend more??

                Alexa
                http://52perfectdays.com/

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                  Leonardo Oct 14, 2008 07:29 PM

                  Depends on what you like. Murata is more old-school. Lots of Japanese businessmen.
                  Hiroshi more artistic/innovative. I prefer the latter, especially if I can get a seat right in front of HIro-san and place my fate in his hands, giving him a budget of course.

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                  trae Oct 15, 2008 01:41 PM

                  I say Saburo's. It's by far the best tasting and best value sushi I have had in Portland. Yes, you will have to wait to be seated (go around the corner and grab a drink after you put your name on the list), but there is a reason this place is so busy - it's really good! The first time I saw how busy it was, I thought people were crazy to spend so long waiting in line. But now I understand why - it is worth the wait! If you want something a little less hectic, Masu is also good.

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