I eat a lot of sushi and sashimi. Being on the west coast, I also get a lot of really fresh fish - wild salmon, tuna. But typically, most of the other raw fish is just okay. I would say that Ota is one of the top 10 sushi experiences I've had. All the fish was exceptional - including the octopus! Typically, I don't like eating octopus because it tends to be too chewy, but this was practically melt in your mouth octopus. The quality and attention to detail far exceeds a typical sushi restaurants. My kids like to order the tamago nigiri - and for a lot of restaurants, it's thawed tamago that was purchased frozen from some distributor. But not this restaurant! They even took the time to put the name of the restaurant on it! And the quality goes beyond the sushi - it applies to the noodles and the soup too. And yes, it is extremely pricey but you pay for what you get. I left the restaurant really full but wanting to go back for dinner because it was so good! I just wish we had a sushi chef of that calibre in Portland. Service is quick and efficient - which is absolutely necessary considering the line to get into this place. Luckily, I had called ahead and made reservations so was able to sneak ahead of the line. I highly suggest recommendations - even for lunch on a weekday.
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