Japanese & Sushi in Portland
Posted 05 August 2007 - 06:11 PM
Well, if you want to impress and money is no object, by all means go to either Murata or Hiroshi. Best in town, easily. Sure the most expensive, but....
Back to the original thread, Kappaya isn't that bad. We used to go there a lot in previous years. The owner is a really nice guy and does a nice job with standard fish offerings. However, his kimche that he makes for his Korean Rolls is spectacular. And if you are lucky in the winter, he has Oyster tempura and sushi on the menu. Very, very good. It is a good standard place. Nuttin' fancy, but friendly and these days they are &^%& busy a lot of the time....
Posted 05 August 2007 - 06:35 PM
and these days they are &^%& busy a lot of the time....
We went about 2 weeks ago; I forgot to update. But if they were one thing, it was not busy. They were super-friendly, so points for that...but I was not enamored by what we got at all. (just a few rolls). Plus we both felt a little...not quite right afterwards, and I can only really pin it on Kappaya. I'm not 100% sure I won't go back, but it's unlikely.
I'd rather hit Yoko's -- yeah, it's not 3 blocks away, but it's a 3 minute drive for fresher fish and faster turnover, blah blah blee.
I'm counting pennies until we can get back to Hiroshi and do an omakase....sigh...
Posted 06 September 2007 - 08:36 AM
Taking my new wife out for her Birthday on Saturday and the choice is Sushi. I'm interested what everybody's top reccomendations are beside Murata and Hiroshi. I think a sushi house just beneath what Murata and Hiroshi are doing is right up her ally. She is definately more into rolls as oppposed to Nigiri. Let me know if you have any quesitons. Thanks!!!
Posted 06 September 2007 - 08:46 AM
Posted 06 September 2007 - 09:20 AM
I merged this into an older thread, btw.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:04 AM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 01:06 PM
I would also throw sin ju in the mix. Now if youre looking at less expensive options but still the traditional sushi bar experience, I would say gaya gaya(stick with nigiri as the rolls can be a little heavy on the mayo-y sauces)and hakatamon(sp?) at uwajimaya......
Posted 05 April 2008 - 01:21 PM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 03:29 PM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 05:00 PM
It depends on what type of atmosphere you're looking for, places like Hiroshi and Masu are gonna be a bit more hip and more lively, but for a no-frills, relatively inexpensive, great-quality-of-fish place, give Hama a try on Sandy next to the old Trader Joes. You're not gonna find crazy-creative rolls, a well developed drink list, or a young-hip crowd, but you won't be disappointed with the quality of fish.
Along that line, I would recommend Takashi on Holgate. I LOVE this place! Looks like a place to avoid, from the outside, but inside? Oh yea!
Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:27 PM
Hiroshi for fish
Murata for cultural display
Masu for hip
I eat at Hakatamon at least once a week and it is very inconvenient to me - a gallon of gas round trip. I like its overall package the best. Authentic, cozy, delicious, friendly, draft rice lager.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 10:50 PM
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 01:10 AM
2 for 25$???? i have eaten at mio a number of times and exceed that figure alone! by a lot!
I am by no means a sushi connoisseur, but if you want a step up from sushi-go-round without spending a lot of money, I enjoy Mio Sushi. I think the location on 23rd and Johnson is the best out of the ones I've tried. FYI, I eat rolls almost exclusively, and I think they have a lot of different options for a low cost. However, I have not been to any of the other places that are being recommended here, and I'm only recommending Mio Sushi because I think it fills a gap in 'price vs quality' that may not be filled by any of the other recommended sushi restaurants. If, on the other hand, any of these places are of the ilk where 2 people can eat themselves silly for $25, please let me know!
would you really want to eat sushi at a place that is 12.50 per person? usually when i hit up gaya gaya or hakatamon, i spend about 35-40 by myself with no booze and i i find that to be moderately priced....does that sound out of line to the rest of you?
Posted 06 April 2008 - 08:11 AM
Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:30 AM
Gawd last time we were in the bay area, we spent 40-50 a person and had an amazing spread, the best I've yet to experience (I'm sure there's better I haven't come across yet). The fish and preparation were fantastic. I don't think the stuff in town compares so I'm not seeking to spend that kind of money.
Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:39 AM
Another great option might be trekking out to Syun in Hillsboro. We have always enjoyed the warm environment and, like Takahashi, a very diverse menu to choose from beyond sushi.
I still haven't made it to any of the mentioned high-end sushi restaurants, but I hear nothing but great things from all that have. May be a little too big of a jump from what you are normally used to though.