When it comes to sushi restaurants in Portland, itac2s hard to pick favorites. This is a sushi town. In countless meals, I have yet to encounter any ... More
Sapporo Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar
When it comes to sushi restaurants in Portland, itac2s hard to pick favorites. This is a sushi town. In countless meals, I have yet to encounter any real missteps in the skillfully cut and garnished seafood and vegetables. And so was the case on a recent night at Sapporo. Having eaten at Sapporo many times, I am always struck by the hospitality. A conscientious host or hostess is always there at a small desk at the entry to the dark, busy sushi bar, where knife-wielding masters work solemnly behind glass cases, turning seafood into sculpture. On this occasion, we were led straight through this room and into the newer dining area, which was packed on that rainy night. The airy dining room is a haven of mellow lighting, gentle beiges and other pale, neutral tones, translucent paper screens and attractive wooden furniture. Even when itac2s very busy, this dining room sets a tone of calm and tranquility. The windows overlook a small dining patio. An automated piano stands near the door to the sushi bar, emitting phantom background music.
I used to be a twice a week regular at Sapporo from the mid nineties until 2004. I entered one day with my wife for a late lunch and was denied seating by the owner as they were closing for the afternoon. I returned for dinner on a Sat night a couple weeks ago after almost a decade of absence. I was extremely disappointed with so many things. First, we waited 45 minutes for our appetizers and then another 30 minutes on top of that for our main sushi plates. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant and it wasn t that busy. Next, I was sorely disappointed by the quality and size of sashimi, sushi, and maki. Seems like the only thing that went up was the price. Unagi and Green Muscles came out ice cold. Needless to say I will never return. There are too many other better spots in town.
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