Portland >Food & Dining > Osaka-Ya
7007 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721945.473464 -122.672309
Sunday - Thursday 11:30AM - 9:30PM, Friday - Saturday 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Neighborhoods: Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill, Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated
My Favorite Japanese Restaurant! Oishii!!! – Hello Friends,
My name is Hiroshi. Being Japanese, I often get asked where I go for good Japanese foods here in Portland. This 'Osakaya' is the one that I recommend. It is delicious at very, very reasonable price with very friendly service. This place makes me fee like I.m back at home. I've know chef Mitsu-san for about 25years. He is a great chef, but very humble. He is friendly but very soft-spoken. He is a real 'Shoku-nin' (skilled professional').
My wife & I were there this past Saturday. She had a Tempura-soba. I had a Ten-don(Tempura Donburi) and a bowl of Sake Steamed Clam). Oh, they were so good!!! Oishii, Oishii!!!(Delicious, Delicious!!!) You know, when you go to Japan, you'll hear people exclaiming "Oishii, Oishii!! at restaurants or dining places. This is a joyful exclamation. That's because they are simply so delicious. These words come out of your mouth without thinking just like music. We don't care about so much about candle light or valet parking as long as we have 'Oishii Foods'.
Disappointed this time... – I am not sure if they are under new management but I am finding the quality of this restaurant getting worse. Last night I had a California roll with "Real" crab. I truly believe it came out of a tin can from Trader Joes. It had no flavor. I told the sushi chef. He just said "real crab" and no more. I didn't eat it and they still charged me. The woman at check-out register asked me if everything was ok I told her my story. She had no response and charged me the full amount. Too many great sushi places in portland to go back here... hope things improve...
Excellent Japanese Food – Osakaya on Macadam has proven repeatedly to be a best choice for food, service, parking and cozy atmosphere. I especially like the salmon..just thinking about it makes my mouth water. The wait staff are always attentive and eager to get you what you want. I have eaten at the Osakaya's that are part of the chain and I would not recommend them. However, this gem on Macadam is the BEST!
Good Restaurant – The fish is always quite good and I get the impression that some of the negative reviews are for other locations. If I understand correctly there is a chain of Osaka-Yas in Portland, however, this particular location (Macadam) is no longer part of that chain.
I can't recommend this location enough. The fish is delectable and I often visit for their soups as well.
Stay away!! – This place is just awful. I have gone here several times since the location is close to where I work, but I will not be returning. I ordered an ahi roll this last time and I could tell just be looks that the fish was not close to being fresh and they had given me a cut with a lot of connective tissue. I ate one piece and stopped. I didn't want to risk getting sick for something that tasted so awful. Its been a month since I was there and I am still trying to regain my love for sushi - although this next time I will gladly drive the extra distance to go somewhere that prides itself on fresh fish and quality service.
Queen Japan snobbish waitress – Food was great, but was juxtapositioned by a snobbish middle-aged Japanese woman who had her nose so far in the air as if it was waaaaaay beneath her royal lineage to be serving the likes of us!
Uncomfortable w/ Service but great Sushi chefs – My daughters and I started going here regularly when we moved back downtown this past summer. There was a friendly waiter who really likes kids and was always accommodating. Don't know here he has been the past few times we have gone. But service has been terrible lately and except the sushi, the food has also not been great. Tonight we arrived and waited (empty restaurant) nearly 7 minutes while the Owner (we think) and a server argued about a check. I had an infant in arms and a three year old who wanted her "MISO SOUP"!!!!. I'm all about patience, however no eye contact nor someone saying, "we'll be right with you" although we were 2-feet away, made us feel uncomfortable. When we were seated and waited at least 10 minutes until a server came to our table (still only 2-3 tables in restaurant) while a party of three Japanese men were promptly seated at the same time and doted upon the entire time we were there right next to us. Requested that the "egg" sashimi to either not be on the sampler platter I had ordered or switched out - then told not substitutions could be made. I ask for this all the time, even at restaurants in large cities like NY and am accommodated because I'm highly allergic to eggs. Sampler platter came with egg sashimi on it anyway, even though I said that it was fine that they not substitute anything, just PLEASE don't put it on. I'm disappointed that a place that is very close to where I live isn't somewhere I'm comfortable going anymore. I may check back in 4-6 months, but will be looking for another local small sushi / Japanese restaurant in the area that will be more accommodating and friendly.
Large Japanese restaurant offers sushi and a sports-bar atmosphere. – In Short
Not a small, neighborhood sushi place, but rather a large restaurant with a full-service bar, dueling televisions showing sumo wrestling, a sushi bar and outdoor seating. The menu can be a bit daunting--there are many types of sushi and sashimi, plus various teriyaki dishes, tempura and noodle soups. Those who like a hands-on approach to Japanese food should try the cook-your-own sukiyaki--vegetables and tender, thinly sliced rib eye served with udon noodles and soy sauce.
Forget the tempura! – I recently had lunch at Koji. I've been there before and had the lunch tempura special. This time, however, it was doughy and I could tell that the oil used to fry was not fresh. The sake nigiri wasn't much to write home about either. A disappointment. I ordered basically the same meal just a few weeks before at a strip-mall Japanese restaurant in San Diego. Cheaper and ten times better. I won't return to Koji.
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