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“Super Good Food/ Fair Service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wild Wasabe

Wild Wasabe
2330 nw thurman street, Portland, OR (Northwest District)
(503) 242-6404
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Ranked #270 of 3,621 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Northwest District
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Neighborhood: Northwest District
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179 reviews 179 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Super Good Food/ Fair Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

This Japanese Restaurant is beautifully decorated. The food is worth driving in the NW district, and they do have some parking of their own, which is a nice addition for this area. But if there is one down fall, it's the service. The restaurant by no means was full. So I'm not sure why it was so slow. Now if there were a few of us and we were socializing it might not had bothered us so much. But we wait 15 minutes for them to take our order and I think that is to long.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Not bad, not what I'd hoped”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012 via mobile

I was surprised to see how busy Wild Wasabe was on a Sunday evening. So different from when the building housed Umenoke. It's no longer the quiet neighborhood Japanese bistro it once was. The remodel really polished the place up. Nice. Now the food. First, the menu is mainly hybrid sushi, with interesting looking combinations of fish, rice and vegetables, much as i've been seeing at competing sushi bars around Portland. Prices range from $3-$6 for traditional nigiri (piece of fish on top of a mound of rice), and $7-$10 for fancified rolls. Sushi quality? Good. Inventive. Great if you like non-traditional artsy presentation.

The other food on the menu doesn't stand up as well. The portions are large but preparation and taste are like an afterthought. The restauant owner clearly does't think you will--or should--bother going beyond the sushi menu. Teriaki chicken was boring. It lacked a great sauce and the meat itself was characterless. The rice was flat tasting. Miso soup was thin and closer to lukewarm dishwater than an interesting broth. We tried the tempura and that was very good: Crispy and not overcooked. The other dish on the table was tempura udon soup. That was the best non-sushi dish for my money. Solid, chewy noodles, a decent broth, and good tempura shrimp. Not exciting but flavorful, with plenty of noodles.

I might go back for sushi but i'll be sure not to bring non-sushi lovers along, because the friends I was with all decided there was nothing much of interest there for them.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“The spicy tuna rolls are...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2008

The spicy tuna rolls are yum. But there are much more satisfying sushi restaurants in town.

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