Portland >Food & Dining > Murata Restaurant
200 SW Market St Ste 105, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.512167 -122.678416
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Friday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Old school sushi at its best, this quirky hole in the glass wall hidden just off Market Street in a small strip mall prepares some of the most authentic Japanese food in town. Dare you to get the natt?. Try and nab a tatami room, they're the best seat in the house.
Although they do serve white-people sushi, I dig this place because their specials is legit that even Ryoshiro would eat himself. I've been a religious weekly customer for nearly 8 years now and their Chirashi never fails. It's gone up in price recently and is now $19.95 but this is the shiznit I shiz you not; there's no better way to sample a nip restaurant's fish but to order their chirashi. It's a must. Go get your spicy tuna or california rolls from someplace else.
not for everyone – Sashimi is not just cut raw fish. When you watch the preparations of a master, look carefully at how the fish is held and moved as though it were still swimming. Murata is far better than Nobu.
For sushi, rice is the beginning and few do it better. I consider Murata to be on par with Nozawa.
If you are poor, go to mcdonalds instead.
The Best Sushi Anywhere – Recommend by business associates -- they were correct. My Japanese friends and I agreed that it was the best sushi any of us ever had. Though we did set a new record for the highest bill -- $100 each with no alcohol. That said, worth ever penny and I am going back tomorrow!!
the best in portland! – i've been going here for years. love their food, it is always so fresh and sinfully yummy. the rainbow roll is a good choice, spicy tuna rolls are scrumptious too.
Taken For Chumps – An absolutely terribly experience: after inquiring about a chef's choice/omakase situation and receiving an enthusiastic "yes," my boyfriend and I were served 1 plate of New Year's pickles/slices of fish cake, a cucumber salad with two slices of sea cucumber, a serving of matsutake soup ($7.00 on the menu), and 9 pieces each of dry, unremarkable fish, including unagi that we both concluded was definitely off and could not eat. We drank tea throughout. The bill was brought with a slice of pineapple. The total: $160.00. A perfunctory tally of what these items would have cost if ordered a la carte: $30-35/person.
Restaurant Murata took advantage of two willing, eager customers looking for what we'd been told would be a memorable experience. We received a massively unfair bill and sub-par, generic sushi. We will not be returning.
Not acceptable customer service – I haven't had any vacation in past 30 years, and my old business partner invited me to US from Japan for my retirement anniversary . My friend asked me to try Japanese foods in the US, and we went to this restaurant.
To be honest, this restaurant is not acceptable customer service at all. 1) We used a Tatami room, and waited 20 minutes for menu to come. 2) We ordered some sushi and dinner meals, and the waitresses forgot to serve an appetizer, and came after the dessert. 3) Bring the bill before the dessert. 4) No customer service except order, bring foods, and bills. 4) As I was a business man traveling around in the world, and as a Japanese customer, this restaurant should not be represented as a Japanese food restaurant.
I went to several Japanese restaurant in the following weeks in Portland. This place is the worst ever in the US. I am writing this here because they should have had a good customer service and we would like to keep the quality of Japanese restaurant with both foods and customer service.
Good sushi, good service – fresh sushi, creative apps, Kimono wearing waitress at dinner time. Great place to go to for good authentic japanese food. Their rice soup is one of the best in town.
Mediocre food, indifferent service, lunchroom atmosphere – There was little Murata had to recommend itself to me, other than the fact it held up other reviewers' claims that the restaurant was authentic. Come to think of it, Subway, Denny's and Applebees are authentic American dining experiences, and so it is useless to equivocate "authentic" with "good." I don't know what all the stir has been about Murata. There are plenty of better Japanese places in town; I think that my experience of eating at Murata underscores the sad fact that downtown Portland has no decent Japanese food venue -- you're better off on the east side, out Woodstock, or even eating "fusion" Japanese on E. Broadway. Food: The rice was perfect. saba was cooked for goodness sake (!) and served without shiso, perhaps not a crime, but odd enough. Fatty tuna was a tough cut. Presentation was unembellished, the edamame was as tired out as the staff, and we left there lighter in the pocketbook but all the world wiser. Good authentic Japanese food? Go West, go to Hillsboro.
riceful, spiceless, stale – I went to Murata because of all the reviews on it calling it (best of the North West!!) I was greatly disappointed. I ordered two things: salmon roll, soft shell crab roll. I was sitting at the bar, so had full view.
1) the salmon roll was basically a spread of rice, and a spread of mashed salmon over it. It tasted almost like tuna! No spices. Nothing.
2) I had to wait 15 minutes for the soft shell roll. The waitress even brought the bill before the chef gave her a hard eye. She pulled it, jumping with apology.
3) after 15 minutes someone came out the kitchen with a fried "alien". The chef put that lien as it is, over a spread of rice and rolled it and cut it up. Again, no spices, no art, nothing.
4) As I bit into the soft shell roll, it burnt my tongue. I had no idea they would be this hot.
5) the chef while preparing other orders, would heat and reheat fish in a small oven, over used aluminum. the fesh smelled stale. looked browned.
6) the waitresses were overly friendly. almost superficial. there was a continuing symphony of "hi" "bye" "thank you" in japanese, and it was intimidating to me since I spoke no japanese and didn't know how to respond. also, it was irritating having to respond twenty times.
7) I paid $20 plus tip. what a waste!
BEST SUSHI IN THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST – Those are the best sushi I have eaten in the Pacific Northwest Area. I don't know why some people really hate the restaurant that much. ALL of the Japanese and Asia Pro Sports player who plays in the U.S major league, to name a few (Ichiro, Nomo, Jojima, Yao Ming) have been there and left signatures and photos with the chef. I can't see why their food is as bad as people mentioned. And I myself have been dining authentic Japanese sushi for over 15 years in Japan, asia, Canada and US. This is one of the three best sushi restaurant I have been to. If people think the food portion is too small, this isn't the right place for you, maybe Todai sushi buffet will be better for you to fill up your stomach. But this is Authentic Sushi, the size, the way the chief made the sushi.
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