Gone to the Dogs.
Been here 5 times over the years. Always uneven, had one or 2 good meals.
But my last visit was very,very bad.
Waitress looked unhappy we had decided to come in, except when I
was adding her tip, then suddenly - all smiles!
Food was obviously assembled with precooked ingredients then warmed in a microwave, everything was dry and flavorless.
Even soup and salad were just sad.
gone down hill. We used to go to Hakatamon on a regular basis since they moved. Over the past year or so, the quality of the sushi has gotten worse. We used to love their spicy tuna roll. They now put the raw tuna in a blender with hot sauce. I find that pretty disgusting as it ruins the texture. The regular hot meals used to be excellent. This too, is not the case anymore. Time to find another Japanese restaurant.
I have now had two bad experiences in a row at this restaurant. The service was poor both times, and the staff just don't seem to care.
I decided to give them a second chance tonite and they just plain blew it. I was served a luke-warm bowl of ramen and when I spoke up, they just yelled at the cook and asked for my money anyway.
How can they serve ramen the temperature of old bathwater??? And it's not like they allowed a hot bowl of ramen to get cold, the noodles were not cooked. Another way I could tell it was never heated sufficiently in the first place was because it had never been hot enough to melt any of the fat on the pork slices into the broth! Unsavory and unsanitary!!!
When Hakatamon moved into the space previously occupied by Sambi, they served good sushi, good portions, and always fresh. When they introduced their ramen, it was a good hearty bowl of tasty chashu-mein.
What the hell has happened to this place?
Oi, ten-cho! Hazukashii!! Kyoo no ramen wa mazukattandayo!
Best Sushi in the Portland Area. Ever since my wife and I moved here in 07' we look for restaurants to match what we had in the Bay Area. Hakatamon is the best place for sushi in the Area so far. Everytime we are hungry for Japanese, we go to this place. Homemade Udon is to die for and sushi is always fresh. I don't want to move from Oregon now because of great restaurants like this. Service is slow, but I forgive them having one of the best Japanese foods in the area.
Authenticity Abounds!. Episode #3 of the "Udon and Roe Show." If you are looking for REAL Japanese cuisine...look no further than Hakatamon. This is the real deal. The spinach salad and miso served with the meals are wonderful. So many Japanese restaurants lose me with their sesame dressing, but this one is perfect. The Miso soup has a great flavor and tastes very fresh. The pickled cucumber salad is light and refreshing and will be devoured in seconds, so do NOT set your chopsticks down. The nigiri we sampled was sake (salmon), maguro (tuna), and the tai snapper. So scrummy. The fish pieces were much larger than the rice but not so big you couldn't eat them without losing your dignity. Whichever roll we tried escapes me but it was totemo oishi desu. All fish was at peak freshness. Rice had perfect texture and temp. The only downside to the food is that due to a shortage of white wheat, the noodles were not of the hand-made variety that previous posters have raved about. The ramen I had was still very satisfying, reminding me of ramen I've had in Honolulu restaurants that cater almost exclusively to Japanese tourists. "Well Udon, tell me about the service and ambience" you say.....patience, Daniel-san. The waitstaff were the friendliest we've encountered. ...even after they had figured out who we are. A good indicator of authenticity in a Japanese restaurant is how many Japanese people are actually dining there, and the place was full of Japanese diners. We went on saturday afternoon and waited 5 min. This place is a "have-to-go-to" if you love Japanese cuisine, and like to murder the Japanese language in front of strangers. With Uwajimaya next door, you can make a whole afternoon out of it. After a satisying meal you can go buy a headband and join the Cobra Kai.
Best Udon. I love their homemade udon. I always get the Oroshi which is a cold udon and shrimp tempura. The sushi is good and fresh. However, the sevice is slow sometime. I don't recommed if you are in a hurry.
Great great great sushi!. I LOVE this place! I go here a few times a week on lunch and either dine in at the (sushi)bar or I get it to go. Either way, the staff is very very friendly. As for the sushi, their rolls are very tight, which is a must for me! They dont have the largest selection of rolls, however they will make specialty rolls if you ask and make some sense. Other sushi barsI have gone to are very strict and won't let you do such a thing. Hakatamon is very open to suggestions and they even have comment cards! Attached is a HUGE japanese grocery store with everything from food to gifts! Very neat, and if there does HAPPEN to be a wait, you can go thru the adjoined door and check out the gift area and still be in range to hear your party called. You must try this place, you're going to love it!!!
Best Japanese Restaurant I've ever been. Hakatamon is my weekly go-to place. Everytime I go there, I am always trying to get something new and IT"S NEVER EVER BEEN DISAPPOINTING. EVERYTHING IS SO GOOD. I highly recommend the grilled squid and the udon. To sum this review up: Coming into Hakatamon sullen and hungry, coming out from it happy.
I may have to move to Beaverton. I can't wait to try their homemade Udon noodles. Even the little things are good at Hakatamon. the miso/sesame dressing on their salads is one of the best i have ever had. The tempura rice bowls are generous and very tasty, with very hot crispy tempura. The sushi is also exceedingly fresh and the portions are very large. Another wonderful feature of this place is that the staff is incredibly cheerful and friendly. Ambiance is somewhat lacking here, but their friendliness makes up for a lot of that -plus it's attached to Uwajimaya, which is a real plus.
Homemade Udon Noodles. Homemade udon noodles keep me coming to this place. Trust me--once you've had as much udon as I have, you can tell the difference. The menu is getting better, now that the chef has added seasonal fare. Nice staff. One of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Portland.
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