Came here for dinner on a Friday night. The place was not busy when I went in and ate but by the time I left it was apparent this is a pretty popular place, and for good reason.
The menu has a vast variety of Japanese favorites--ramen, tempura, sushi, shioyaki--it's all there and then some.
I chose to have appetizers and sushi for my dinner, in order to sample more items. The tempura was light, crispy and very fresh. It arrived to my table very hot, right out of the fryer. The tempura dipping sauce was delicious. Dashi (fish broth) nicely balanced with soy sauce and a hint of ginger (a nice touch I always look for in tempura broth). The saba shioyaki (grilled salted mackerel) was cooked nicely, crispy skin, tender fish. It could have used more salt (it tasted unsalted which defeats the purpose of the word shioyaki), but I'd rather be able to add salt rather than have it overly salted. The rainy day sushi roll had a nice balance of flavor, the sushi rice was nicely seasoned and had perfect texture. The nori (seaweed) was fragrant and tasty.
Service was prompt, efficient and friendly.
This was a good find for Japanese food in Portland. I will return here on my next trip to Portland.
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