This sleek little spot sports one sexy beast of a dining room, and an oasis-like hidden patio to match. Fantastic cocktails, sushi and Japanese small plates, plus a burger of legend. If you like it so much you want to stay a long while, ask about the availability of their Kuza Cabin--an exquisite little studio tucked away in the sensuous garden, just to the right of the stone soaking tub.
The BEST burgers in Portland, hands down. Little crunchy onion things-oh I dont' know what they do, and yes, I know this is a japanese restaurant. Throw all that out the window and get their burgers. Stylish interior, upscale crowd.
Great Food, Okay Staff, But needs more work with organizatio. On the time of our arrival, we literally waited for our food for an hour and 15 minutes. Well i guess the kitchen was busy, but come on, its Father's Day and they should have placed more cooks on the line to complete all 25 tickets. Although, we waited patiently, our wait staff did not feel any sincerity of apologizing. Food was great, especially the yakuza burger, but I must stress out that a group venturing to this place is not encouraged. Overall this place is a bar for couples only and if you have time to kill, go indulge yourselves.
A Great Burger... From a Sushi Restaurant?... You Bet!. The burger is truly exceptional, spicy and sweet, crunchy yet succulent. Well made and addictive. The service takes a while, but that is because they are perfecting that perfect patty on the grill. Giving you more time to spend with your friends and family at the table over a line of fresh sushi rolls, bathed in real wasabi and light soy. The kitchen is also above standards in cleanliness- trust me on this one. I have returned and I would return again. If you want a medium rare burger, then this is the place to enjoy it... those who do not understand pink beef need not apply. One of my favorite burgers in the Portland metro area.
I'm sorry I'm intruding.....
I work in the neighborhood so stopped by after work for a nosh, but to my surprise was greeted with indifference to the point of neglect. The hostess looked at me disgruntled when I told her I'd like a bite to eat. "Well, hmmmmph, I guess you could sit at the bar because we have reservations coming in...if you want...." The bartender avoided my gaze for about ten minutes, so I changed my drink order in my mind from a cocktail to a glass of beer....another ten minutes go by...Do you want to eat too? Now I just wanted to order something to quell the hunger...seared Yellowfin sashimi (?)and a spicy tuna roll... I noticed that most of the fish had a spicy component ....why was that? Low grade fish? The yellowfin was done...stick a fork in it, Seared my ass... Spicy tuna, more like tuna'd spice....
All I can say is never again. That was a waste of an hour and a half of my life....
Raw meat, beyond slow service. Very disappointed. It took over 40 min to get a simple order of 2 burgers, even though the restaurant was nearly empty. The worst part was the actual food. Ordered my burger "medium" and got a patty of virtually raw hamburger. Very, very disappointing, especially considering that they are supposed to have "the best hamburgers in Portland." Didn't bother sending it back, because didn't want to wait for another hour. Will not be back.
Excellent Spot/Spendy Prices. This spot reminds us of NY a lot. It's super laid back, chill atmosphere and friendly servers. The food was delicious w/the exception of the octopus, it wasn't good. My only problem was the prices, since the dishes are small, we got 3 plus a beer and spent $45 w/tip and walked away hungry! Definitely just go to have a drink and lay back, eat before you go!
Waiting 1 hr, 45min. for food? Not in this town!!.
We have been regulars at this restaurant since the day they opened, and have brought dozens of people to eat there. Mica used to give attention and care to the food, and seemed appreciative of his customers. Sadly, for the last two years, the food and service have been in a steady state of decline, i.e forgotten entrees, inattentive wait-staff, and declining food quality. We kept hoping they would regain the quality they had begun with. The last straw came recently when we had a reservation for a table of ten. We waited almost 2 HOURS before ANY food was brought to the table, and not a dime was comped off of an almost 500.00 bill! This is Portland people! I eat at PACKED restaurants in this town every week, and have NEVER had to wait more than 40 minutes for food, and NEVER that long for an order that included appetizers.
Perhaps the chef/owner is too busy with new ventures to maintain the quality of what was once a fine establishment. What a shame.
Food was awesome, cocktails severely lacking!.
We went here only because Portland magazine said it had the best burger in town.
On that front, it was AMAZING! The burger is top-notch, we each had one along with a scallop and dungeness entree. To that end their sushi is fresh and flavorful.
HOWEVER- this is a big knock on the place. How can a trendy upscale restaurant completely drop the ball on the cocktail and wine service? This is Portland, last time I checked. If you do not come to play with wine and spirits in this city, you simply are not going to survive.
I looked over the menu before going, the cocktails they did have looked awful. The only one that looked appetizing was their pomegranite, which, coincidentally enough, they did not have on their menu.
I asked if they had something with Midori in it, you know, this being a Japanese restaurant and everything. Nope.
So we settled on wine. They had a whopping 2 to choose from, and after we chose the Reisling, they ran out after the first bottle and we had to order cabernet for our second glass.
This was on a SATURDAY NIGHT, and they ran out of wine? Are... you... kidding me?
Anyway, the food was awesome, and as a local burger afficionado the burger absolutely lived up to hype!
But if anyone involved with the restaurant happens to see this, be warned- your absolute disregard for providing patrons with an ample wine list or cockatils may cost you repeat business.
second try not the charm. I was grumpy and was looking for something other than our usual standby's, yakuza is in the hood…I had been before, right after they opened and remembered it had been tasty-so we decided to give it a shot. Problem one, I was already grumpy, problem two-it was 8p and I was hungry. We ordered the burger, shrimp tempura roll, the squash, and the house roll. The squash, shrimp tempura and house roll came out first after 70 minutes. 70. I had heard that they had GIANT rolls; these were smaller than other places and mediocre. I was ravenous-trying to figure out if they had something-anything I could order quickly to nibble on, like edamame…Nope. The waiter did say he had comped my drink and asked if I wanted another-sure. 3 drinks no food. Awesome. I worked as a waitress for a thousand years and I can tell you it is not fun to have a dining room filled with hungry people who don’t have food and a slow kitchen, that is when I put on the charm and beg forgiveness-“”I am so sorry you are experiencing a wait- the kitchen is slammed I apologize…” Nothing from our guy. Just a comped drink. No explanation. No apology. After 90 minutes the burger came out. It was delicious. But I was still hungry. And irritated. I will never go back. The squash was completely bland and uninteresting, the shrimp tempura roll mediocre and the house roll okay. The burger was perfect. The service sub standard. If you are looking for a place to sit around and drink, and aren’t really hungry, this place may be for you. If you have a matter you need to discuss with a friend for several hours and want your food to trickle into your conversation every hour or so…But it is loud in there too…Nevermind. I say don’t go. We did get all of our drinks comped though.
not coming back. we waited almost 90 minutes for disappointing sushi. apparently we should have ordered the kobe burger but still no excuse for waiting that long. the table next to us was seated after us and got served before us, and their order was even lost before getting put in to the kitchen. at least our beers were comped. i've tried this place twice now, and i really do want to like it, but found it underwhelming and overpriced both times. i find their "be prepared to wait 30+ minutes for your food" disclaimer printed on their menu pretty pretentious.
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