Monday, February 11, 2013

"Tasting Portland" By Crystal

Bamboo Sushi

Friday nights Bamboo Sushi is a happening spot. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated at the first certified, sustainable sushi restaurant in the world…but it was worth it. We sat at the bar that was tended by Shawn, a friendly fun guy, whose drink special was the Blueberry Bramble. Delicious!

The atmosphere was low key, modern with warm wood and exposed beams. Kind of a hipster hang out, but there was a diverse vibe. Located on 28th between Stark and Burnside, this neighborhood is busy most nights, and most especially on the weekends.

Their varied menu offers sushi, nigiri or sashimi. Believe me it was hard to decide what to order. I had the okonomiyaki, a traditional Japanese savory pancake with shrimp and mushrooms, topped with fried oysters and drizzled with aioli and eel sauce. It was amazing. The texture of the oysters, the sweetness of the sauce and the crunch of the pancake. The northwest Philly roll, made up of wild Alaskan salmon, cream cheese and avocado, tempura fried and finished with eel sauce was super nummy! Everything was so fresh.

When you eat something so good for dinner you have to order dessert. I had the chocolate egg rolls rolled in sugar and served with candied gingered ice-cream. So good! Especially, the ice cream, which they make from scratch. My friend had the gingersnap and salted caramel powder with chai ice cream and caramel sauce. It looked really good, but had nuts which I was allergic to, so I didn’t get to taste it.

There were options for non-sushi lovers, but I’m not sure why you would go here and not eat sushi.

We did have to wait a bit for the food, but service was attentive and friendly.

I would recommend making reservations. You can find more info by visiting bamboosushi.com<http://bamboosushi.com>, or call 503-232-52
55.