Great selection of Asian groceries, Japanese magazines, books etc. They recently opened a pastry puff stand that is to die for! Also love the sushi restaurant that's attached. Get your Asian fix here!
Raw oyster deal.
I recently bought 3 doz raw oysters there for grilling and about 1/3 of them turned out bad. They cost $6.99/doz
Everything else in this store cost more than other asian shops, you should shop carefully.
Great store - so what's up with the deli?.
Uwajimaya as a store really is an amazing place. The selection is second to none, and there's the sushi retaurant Hakatamon (much, much better than the previous place Sambi, thank goodness) and the Japanese bookstore. I work near Uwajimaya and walk over often.
So what's up with the deli? They slop out possibly the worst Asian steam-tray dishes I have ever seen. I have made several attempts and I'm giving up. Everything's cooked into a beige mush, floating in oil. The chow mien I just got was greasy beyond belief. In an attempt to get something that was once alive I ordered the vegetables. Even they were a lost cause - they appeared to have been cooked at least a day before: the broccoli was literally shriveled and discolored.
I can strongly recommend Uwajimaya as a store for all things Asian (and Pacific Island) but for the love of all that's tasty they need to scrap the deli and start over. Even Safeway can do better!
some good fresh fish-tuna. yes you have to drive a half hour to it from portland because you cannot find a big selection of whole fish in this town, but actually i got so lucky to get a freshly cut piece of sushi grade tuna, cut right off the intact 150 pound fish for me, right in front of my eyes, my that was so good as sashimi
GREAT PLACE FOR ASIAN FOOD!. This store carries most of the Asian foods for Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese people. The produce and seafood is high quality and the rest of the products are good also. The prices are a bit spendy, but it's definitely worth it for higher quality products. The lines go very quickly and the workers are very helpful.
Try the restaurant - Sanbi. I have to drive an hour from Salem to get the selection they have. Tried the restaurant and was pleased with the food and prices. Tried the striped bass sushi for the first time and it was delicious once you get past the slightly tough skin. Two people and a beer for $15; nice dinner.
A fun find. Discovered Uwajimaya two years ago and have loved it ever since. Prices are a little high (though nothing compared to Japan). Book store is a wonderful find (especially for manga nuts). Highly recommend it.
It's like a Japanese "Costco!". From fresh sushi to imported stationary, movies, and books, Uwajimaya has the best selection of any Japanese- import store I've ever shopped at in my life! Some of the items are a little pricy (a *lot* pricy if you visit the bookstore), but the service and atmosphere are great. If you're into Japanese culture or food, this is definetely where you want to be.
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