Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Departure Restaurant & Lounge525 SW Morrison St, Portland
2. Masu Sushi406 SW 13th Ave, Portland
3. Bamboo Sushi NW836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland
4. Hokusei4246 SE Belmont st, Portland
5. nodoguro3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
6. Saburo's Sushi House1667 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland
7. Mirakutei536 E Burnside, Portland
8. Daruma3520 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland
9. Yoko’s Japanese Restaurant2878 SE Gladstone St, Portland
10. Yataimura Maru3810 SE Division St, Portland
11. Sushi Mazi2126 SE Division St, Portland
Located in the Nines Hotel, The Departure serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine -- such as sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki, along with vegan and gluten-free items-- and creative cocktails in a scenic, double balconied setting with a great outdoor seating area and sweeping views of downtown PDX. Try the Tasho Macho, the venue's longest-surviving drink, which is an Asian fusion take on the Moscow mule.
One of the pricier options in town, Masu is an upscale spot on the edge of the Pearl. The sushi, as well as the cocktails, are top notch. Most of the rolls are eight pieces so if you want to try a few things, bring a friend.
This place is all about sustainable sushi, using responsibly-sourced ingredients while also supporting marine stewardship organizations such as Salmon Nation, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute. But, as important as wildlife conservancy is, Bamboo Sushi's green initiative extends beyond sourcing and advocacy to include close monitoring of power and water use, as well as the use of biodegradable containers. This commitment has garnered Bamboo Sushi "Certified Green Restaurant" status with the Green Restaurant Association, which is pretty darn impressive in our book.
This restaurant saves you the trouble of hopping a cargo ship to Hokkaido by serving up fresh, authentic Japanese sushi right in South Portland. The full bar features a host of specialty cocktails and enough saki to make a samurai weep, and there are also a number of Japanese and locally-brewed beers available on tap.
A wildly popular Japanese pop-up experience went brick-and-mortar in Hawthorne's Nodoguro, but that doesn't mean things are getting predictable. Ticketed themed omakase feasts are full of surprises, with frequently changing menus that cater to the truest of hardcore sushi fans. There are three central types of experiences: Sousaka, Hardcore (19 courses), and SupaHardcore (21 courses), where diners should expect both traditional sushi and out-there experimental plates.
If you want to be part of the first seating at this intimate sushi spot you can’t be afraid to be a door buster, because raw-fish-lovers are often lined up an hour before opening (even in the pouring rain).
Just opened on lower Burnside, slickly modern, tiny Mirakutei's a late night noodle/sushi spot from the owner of NW PDX's famed Hiroshi, rocking a brief but impressive menu of Asian imbibables like shochu, and eats like octopus carpaccio, spicy scallop ro
This teensy raw-fishery serves up good sushi, but your best bet is the omakase, at an unbelievably low $30.
Yoko’s has built a great neighborhood following with fresh sashimi and wildly creative rolls.
Yataimura Mura is set up to look like a Tokyo alleyway, adorned with paper doors, flags, and paper lanters. The sushi restaurant lends an izakaya pub vibe to the ever-growing Division, offering up small plates, ramen, and a ton of roll options.
This place has some of the brightest, most flavorful sushi in the city. And yes, those are fried grasshoppers. And don’t think your eyes are deceiving you, those are Pop Rocks perched atop the roll at the next table.