Nice atmosphere, good sushi, sake cocktails and interesting specials. Tatami-style booths add to the effect. Definitely recommended.
My sushi place used to be Masu. Then they changed to Bamboo and for some reason become more snobby in the changeover.
While Meiji-En isn't nearly as swanky as Masu, the sushi is just as good. Super fresh, great prices. I am picky about my sushi and I feel comfortable trying anything here.
The big, creepy fish in the tank are a bit scary though.
did someone say sushi?. OH! Meiji-En... How I love you! You make me feel so good inside. Spicy tuna to die for! Veggie roll, hella awesome! Fresh fresh fresh ingredients! The moment you bite into one of those delectable rolls everything you once knew about sushi all comes crashing down. This is sushi at its finest. Vincent (the owner/sushi chef) is a magician! The Chef in the kitchen isn't too bad either. Can really whip up some delicious dishes! Oh and those cute, helpful servers! The Bento Boxes for lunch are a real deal too! Don't forget to say Hi to Dave the Silver Arowana when you stop by. Tell 'em George sent ya! BAM!
Best Spicy Tuna Rolls. Great sushi- we have always heard Saburos's was the best sushi in town- granted their portions are huge by comparison. Yet, freshness in nothing on Meiji-En. When you walk in- there is no fishy smell- this quaint place is a good deal and has had lovely service despite other reviews. The spicy tuna rolls have are amazing. Their combo sushi will never let you down. We'll keep going back!
Solid family restaurant. enjoy very nice sushi rolls in a relaxed family atmosphere
Very fresh and tasty sushi provided by Vincent and Angel, sushi chefs; small, neighborhood feel. I have been to Meiji-En twice, and have been totally satisfied both times. Vincent and Angel, the sushi chefs, are welcoming and knowledgeable. If you know what you like, they'll make it. If want them to choose, they'll start off conservatively and then make what they most like to make as soon as you are comfortable. And everything I have had is delicious !! This is a small restaurant which feels like a family restaurant in Japan. It's a good value, and a very pleasant dining experience. Dennis
Best sushi in Portland!!!. I have searched this town for a long time and I choose Meiji-En. The sushi is always fresh and consistently good, presented beautifully in good portions (they have toro!). Appetizers are great as well; my favorite is the seaweed salad (with 3 different kinds of seaweed). Service is always friendly and prompt; most importantly I never feel rushed. Decor is Japanese style and it just feels good to be there. Definitely the best way to spend your sushi money.
Best sushi place I've been to.
This is the best Japanese restaurant that I've been to given that I've not been to many Japanese restaurants. The food is fresh and good. The service is very good. I especially like the clams and tuna.
It was a bit difficult to find parking though.
I'll definitely come back.
Great Sushi, Great Service. I love this place! My firends recently took me there as a suprise for my birthday. They helped make my birthday very special. There were 11 of us and we never wanted for anything. The sushi was fresh and delicious and the server was attentive and very patient with a our very demanding group.
Hate to say it, but our meal was way sub-par.
Let me preface by saying I don't like to rip into an establishment for the sport of it. I had eaten here last year and had a pretty good meal, nothing spectacular, but it was fine. Ate there last week with friends and the meal was, sadly, spectacularly bad. Service help was very good, but the sushi chef looked bored and the quality of food showed. The rolls were all average. The individual sushi was almost all pretty horrid. A great test of a sushi place is the freshness of the uni. My uni arrived looking a brownish instead of the vibrant orange you usually see. And it tasted nearly putrid. And as any uni fan will tell you, that is an overpoweringly bad thing. I was too foolish to hope the second piece would be much better, but it, too, was dated, stale, really, really bad. The hamachi was average, not bad, but the smoked salmon was a joke, unless you like dry lox crammed on top of your rice. Same for the creamy scallop. It was awash in a sweetish sauce where you are nearly unable to even detect any scallop. It completely lacked that nice Kewpie/Garlic chile bite. Tasted like Miracle Whip.
I wanted to like it as much as a year ago, but the sushi was probably the worst I have had in Portland in a long, long time. Broadway is sure hurting for any good sushi bars, they are all pretty mediocre,. sadly.
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