Miyake suffers in these ratings due to people who wanted a california roll and edamame, and panicked when they couldn't find anything familiar on the menu. Based on the food, one could make the case that Miyake is the best restaurant in Portland, and one of the best sushi restaurants anywhere. What keeps it from that status is the space, which is fine, but tight and necessarily limited in terms of ambience. This is the chef's first restaurant, and reasonable compromises were made (e.g., no liquor license - but you can carry-in from the West End Deli next door). The food, however, is a tour de force - incredibly creative and constantly changing. Portland is fantastically lucky to have a sushi restaurant this unique. The omakase tasting menus are excellent, if expensive, and will make you marvel at the chef's creativity. Delicious. NOT for kids.
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