Portland >Food & Dining > Sushiville
1514 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.533657 -122.698636
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
A true neighborhood institution...in a town overflowing with sushi restaurants, Sushiville stands out as the best tasting and friendliest place. They're also starting a $1.75 menu soon, with all color plates just $1.75 each--an amazing deal! My favorite place to go for lunch when I'm in NW Portland.
If Jiro dreamed of this sushi, it would have been his worst nightmare.
I don't know if it was an off day. I'd been here before and the food had been so-so, but passable for a mom and her kid. Kiddo was lucky; he's satisfied with edamame. That's not hard to screw up.
Today, though, the sushi-go-round was baffling and if I hadn't already grabbed the edamame for Kiddo, I would have left. Should have left.
One of the most appalling things I've ever seen at a restaurant passed by me: canned tuna served nigiri style. Oh my. It would have been better to offer no tuna than this. If that wasn't bad enough, some fried fish kept passing us by, and it was hard to discern that it was fried fish at all, because it was golden brown and chunks of it looked like unsugared churros on a plate. Then I grabbed up what I distractedly thought was calamari with sweet pepper sauce... oh, no. Those tempura fried pieces on the rice were actually whole "sea legs" (yep, pretend crab) doused in the sweet red sauce. I couldn't even finish it, it was so bad.
And the shrimp tempura? (oh, wait, it gets better!) My shrimp roll slices came with a wilted and blackened-on-the edges piece of lettuce wrapped around it in the sushi roll. Who in the world wraps a pleasant little shrimp in lettuce?
Altogether, a mindblowing experience, but not in a good way. I've had bad sushi, but never this bad. In fact, as I sat trying to pick through the very unconventional offerings rolling past me, one of the servers told one of the chefs that someone had called to complain. "About me?" the chef had asked. Oh, yeah, dude. Totally about you. What the hell were you thinking?
Love, Love, Love – My fave rave sushi-go-round venue in PDX....and to the reviewer that said "conveyor train is so 80's". pshaw. So much more fun and satifying to get to be adventurous trying new delights when you only have to commit to a small plate that will be, at most, $3.75!
Every trip I give myself a sushi challenge, to try something new. I highly recommend the Super White Tuna! And they have a beautifully served, multi-layered treat of rice, tuna, crab, avo, mango, topped with 3 colors of roe, surrounded by a sweet green sauce that I've yet to decipher. It's the bomb. Seriously.
The sushi master in Tualatin even got me to try salmon - something I've never ever liked. He served it with asian pear and a light dressing and made me taste it and admit how good it was before he'd tell me the ingredients. Very tricky, Sir. Well-played.
Service at both NW 23rd and Tualatin is excellent, with staff willing to make suggestions when you're looking for something new. (oh - and the music at NW 23rd makes me happy...i can always count on hearing The Cure or New Order at lunchtime :)
Tualatin Sushi Ville – Ate at the Tualatin location. The prices were good, the service was so-so. The sushi seemed alright but I got extremely ill after eating there. I guess I should know better than to eat undercooked fish that comes around on a conveyor belt...
Tualatin Shushi – Some of these reviews I think are confusing Sushi TRAIN with Sushi VILLE. They are close to each other but Sushi TRAIN is west of I5 and Sushi VILLE is East of I5. Sushi train is cheaper and has a very cheap atmosphere and the sushi is ... well ... lower quality. Sushi VILLE has the same sushi that goes around on a conveyor but the restaurant is much nicer, cleaner, newer and the sushi is just very good and made from quality ingredients.
Great for the money – The food is very good, though the restaurant gets very busy and sometimes seems a bit understaffed. Try the asparagus rolls-- super good!
A great sushi joint! – Excellent sushi at a great price. Japanese sushi chefs are friendly and glad to answer questions. They will make anything special for you on-the-spot. The "Sushi-Go-Round" is a fun experience. Beautiful wall murals and comfortable sushi-bar or booth seating. I frequent this business and it is usually busy with loyal customers.
Great service, better Sushi – I've never before written on City Search, but liked Sushiville so much, that I wanted to write a review.
It is the best Sushi I've ever tasted. After we experienced issues at a different Sushi go round, we'd never thought one would just pop-up in the middle of our neighborhood. We've been there so many times, that most of the waiters recognize us when we walk through the door.
I love being able to walk a few blocks to get a healthy bite to eat. That just appeals to me somehow. Walk in, sit down and grab a plate. What could be easier? Sure go ahead and complain about the price, but before you do, think! Where else in Portland can you find a clean, fast and yummy Sushi restaurant?
I think it's a small price to pay for quality food, instead of junk.
Anyhow, great food!
Good value but perhaps overrated here on citysearch – First let me say that I enjoyed my visit here and would go again. The sushi is quite fresh and tasty and definitely reasonably priced. I still think it could and would be more fresh if it was made to order, but if you pick and choose and the place is busy (which it usually is) it's not at all bad and a great way to introduce someone new to sushi.
However, for all that it does not deserve 5 stars. What you get is fairly generic and about the same as you would get anywhere else. The conveyor idea (that moves the sushi around) is interesting but it really had its hour back in the 80's, though it still has a kitchy appeal.
All in all, good value and certainly recommended, but not a 'knock your socks off' 5 stars.
Oishii desu ne? – Stop #2 on the Udon and Roe show....our 2-man sushi review tour of PDX. This is by far, the #1 kaiten-zushi (sushi-go-round) restaurant I have dined at. Upon arrival, the attentive waiter must have noticed us eyeing the recently emptied booth (as it was very busy). He quickly had it cleared and seated us straight away. Instead of the typical dissappearing act that many servers at kaiten restaurants do, our waiter took our drink orders immediately (two 21oz kirins, foregoing the traditional sake bombs). Roe first grabbed for the salmon. If this did not pass his test the review would end after one plate. The freshness and buttery taste caused him to shriek with excitement like a 12 year old girl w/ front row seats to Hanna Montana. I, as usual, first tried the tamago (egg omelet) which is always a good indication of things to come. It was soft and sweet, not chewy at all, so I knew we'd be in for a decent sushi experience. The maguro was excellent, the rainbow roll was de-lish, and the seared ahi strips are a must have. The only disapointing items on the track were the Philly roll and a very bizzarre shrimp dumpling which required a large chug of Kirin to cleanse the palate. The sweet, steady, soundtrack of 1980's music made the dining experience that much more enjoyable...this would be a great place for Jake Ryan to take Samantha Baker for a date! There are many selections to try and everything we had was quite fresh. Sushiville is also a great value, as we devoured 20 plates and the bill was only $52 plus tip. Our satisfaction was evident (after 20 plates) as we waddled down Quimby street back to the "Udon-Mobile" so full, we weren't even thinking about what would be our next stop.
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