Northwest 23rd offers an array of fine dining and casual fare for the PDX food scene. Bamboo Sushi is a transplant from the Eastside and is a bustling sushi bar destined to grow more outlets. The fish and philosophy drive the menu at Bamboo, and both contribute to exceptional dishes. Sustainable seafood is reflected in the decor on and off the plates. Murals depicting fish populations are framed in wonderful wood and steel architectural features. The staff is schooled in the ingredients and makes every effort to help with menu selections. The bar is busy and entertaining with a variety of cocktails, sake, local beers, and wine.
Sushi is a competitive sport here in Portland, and Bamboo is in a league of its own. The flavors and textures are nothing short of fantastic. I've eaten a lot of sushi, and this place takes it to a new level of taste and innovation. Our party of eight, with a variety of dietary restrictions, just demolished the menu. Everything from the char-grilled shishito peppers to a half-dozen rolls ranging from the salmon nation to the lucky 13 was expertly prepared. Tempura was crisp and done to perfection. The mackerel house on fire was not only uniquely served, the flavors from the tiny alder smoker with lemon charcoal ring true. Everyone at the table raved/fought over every plate, so consensus was easily reached: best sushi, ever.