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5714 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9720645.497262 -122.603066
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Foster - Powell
humble owner who cares – ten years ago while traveling for work i was posted in portland . for the love of sushi i tried many that they do have in oregon and found in yes an off beat area "ichidai". traveling past a few times on powell to work and back i made a mental note to stop, at that time they were still open for lunch and i had the time to go in. being greeted with a great smile was whome i came to know as aki the owner, when asked what i would like i simply asked lets start with what's good. to this day i don't remember ever having to order but another beer or saki to complement the awesome freshness and care that is taken at this fine restuarant, do go there.
Mayo sushi – I was disappointed after being recommended to Ichidai by a friend. My rolls were more mayo than fish, which was disgusting as well as disappointing. At least it was cheap?
If you want sushi in Southeast, go to Saburo's for cheap sushi, and Sushi Mazi on 22nd and Division for really good fish and rolls.
A Reigning Champ – I wrote a review about this place in 2005 under the username, "jad49". Five years later, Ichidai remains the sushi restaurant I deem best in Portland.
I have never been disappointed by any one of their variety of sushi rolls. The restaurant has a very authentic feel to it with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Although Ichidai is classy and has great ambience, I do not consider it to be the most romantic. The atmosphere is more family-friendly and an ideal place for professional meetings. Their miso soup is hard to beat. The taste of the miso they use is delicious with the addition of just a little bit of green onions and small tofu cubes, it is the perfect little bowl of heaven that you can't leave the restaurant without getting. I have yet to find another sushi place in Oregon that has better tasting miso soup. Their sashimi and nigiri are always fresh. The sushi rolls are well-made and has great texture that just melts in your mouth. The experienced chefs use a perfect balance of all the ingredients. The spicy salmon Oregon roll is to die for. Aside from the superb sushi, is a selection of mouth-watering bento dishes.
Ichidai has been around for a long time now and the fact that they continually get good business while being in a somewhat hard to spot location is evident that their food is good enough to keep people coming back for more!
Best Value – Ichidai is a lot of fun. My GF and I go here when we want to kick back and relax while we eat sushi. We stuff our faces with decent sushi for a good price. We never worry about how much we are ordering here, we eat a lot, and we've never spent more than $60... and that includes beer and sake. I think it's the best value for your money among PDX sushi houses.
The service can come off as rude and inattentive, but they're quite responsive if you ask for something and they always have enough people working to accommodate.
What a find!! – My husband lived in Misawa, Japan for about 8 years, and when we visited Ichidai based on reviews, he almost cried when he tasted the food. I am a Japanese food amateur, but we both loved everything. They have a full sushi menu, but we stuck to the entrees. My husband ordered kara-age ramen (best ramen we've found in the portland metro area!) and I ordered beef sukiyaki. It was to die for!! We also had green tea, and Sapporo beer. Everything was so authentic. You know it's a good sign when the wait staff, decorations, and customers are Japanese. We were the only caucasians in the whole place! =) Fairly inexpensive, we were stuffed, and took home leftovers. We plan to be regulars, and try the mochi and adzuki ice cream next time. It is a little hard to find, because it's located in an office building (my husband informs me that is pretty authentic as well, haha) on SE Powell. It could be tricky finding parking, but we arrived early, and had no problem. A totally worthwhile experience!
City food – A perfect example of "city" food. You can try Takahashi for the 'country' style of Japanese cuisine. The food is a bit more risque with the different salads they present. I may not eat everything on the plate, in this case. But the main courses that I do order, such as the bread pork 'tonkatsu" is perfect. Crispy, and delicious. Served with raw cabbage and a plum sauce, which compliments it perfectly.
I have never tried the sushi, but will next time. I've been here many, many times, and would go more, if they had a more liberal operating schedule.
Hidden sushi gem – Our favorite sushi place in Portland. Lately they went through small redecoration and it is very cozy now. Exceptional sushi (fresh!!!) and the best tempura at reasonable prices. When the restaurant is full, the service tends to be on the slower side, but even then everyone is super friendly. For such a small place it is very versatile: we have had there both romantic dinners as well as gets together with friends (and their kids). Highly recommended!
Closed for Lunch – Hours on listing is wrong. The restaurant is not open for lunch anymore.
Open Tue- Thu 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm Sun 5pm-9pm Closed on Monday.
Excellent sushi! – The sushi is superb, generously portioned, and reasonably priced. Their miso, edamame, and tempura are awesome. The waitresses are friendly and attentive, and the food always arrives quickly. Parking can sometimes be funky, but I don't usually have to walk that far from my car. Also, I don't particularly care for the chirping bird music playing -- it's a little weird, but if you're with friends it's not that noticeable.
Great Sushi...spotty service. – Just tried Ichidai for the first time last night. First the food. I only sampled a small amount from their large menu. The spicy seaweed salad was absolutely delicious. It was served at the perfect temp. and had a wonderful texture. The miso soup was one of the best I've had (top 3). I had 1 roll, the Philly roll. It was scrumptrelescent...it almost melted in your mouth. I had two pieces of the hokkigai (surf clam). They were extremely fresh with a crisp, almost sweet taste. Lastly, I had two pieces of maguro. The best I've had at any other sushi house. I found that even the wasabi is better here...fresh, flavorful, spicy. Now let's talk service...we (2) were seated with our menus for what seemed like an eternity (20mins. 1 other party in restaurant). I hopped in my DeLorean and travelled back in time to fetch our server. The food was served in a timely fashion, without my tea I had ordered. After we had eaten our meal and read War and Peace cover-to-cover, our server finally arrived back at our table. I had forgotten that I was still hungry so I ordered nothing more. PLEASE PLEASE ICHIDAI>>>>>>>>better your service so I can call you my favorite restaurant in Portland. Oh and P.S. ditch the music with the nayying goats in the background. It's...well...weird (not in a good way).
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