Portland >Food & Dining > Osaka-Ya
Koji O'Please!!. Having lived there for more than a decade, in Japan, Koji Osakaya would hardly rate as much more than a decent cafeteria (in a good location on Broadway). Bush Garden, for example, vastly outweighs Koji in authenticity, quality and sevice. Some of Koji's fare is quite good with most being merely pleasantly edible. Very few true surprises waiting for you here. It's a good choice if in a mild rush to find a place on the main drag and to watch Japanese college exchange students hang out.
Consistently good. We have been to the downtown location many times, mostly for dinner. We have tried a variety of dishes, and we have yet to find something disappointing. For vegetarians, I highly recommend the eggplant teriyaki and the vegetable tempura rolls. I really like their Ten Zaru (cold soba noodles and tempura) and the Yakitori. My wife enjoyed the sliced ribeye and onion donburi, as well as the udon soup from the specials whiteboard (perfect for a cold fall evening). In some cases they have been willing to make us something for dinner even though it was only on the lunch menu, and to make rolls without wasabi to please our four year old. The downtown location is small and often you have to wait a while for a table, but it it only a few steps from a Max station.
Grandma's Choice. My family and I frequent Kojis often. Mostly for an early lunch, which after eating dinner I found is the best value. The food is delicious and early in the day the staff if very friendly and accomodating. Toward the night it gets sketchy. Definitely hit Koji's for an early lunch and you wont be disappointed. The portions for lunch stay the same for dinner, but the prices go up. Soup and salad arrived at the same time as the dinner, which was awkward to say teh least.
smokey bar smell & bad fish. It can't get much worse than this. Especially when your waiter brings your long overdue food to the table after hotboxing a cigarette. Never again.
Delicious but noisy. I have eaten at Koji several times and enjoy the food very much. Everything has always been fresh and flavorful. The atmoshphere; however, can be a bit intimidating and distracting. It is noisy, crowded, and feels a little pressured. The prices are reasonable and the portions are large. The wait staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, but again it feels a bit rushed.
Super place. Great sushi, great hours of operation, great service, and informal atmostphere.
Confused wait staff, but some goodness.
We went Friday night and I have to say getting into a sushi place without a wait in portland is nice. The eda mame was great, but small in portions.
The mixed drinks were ok, nothing special.
The sushi- we ordered 3 specialty rolls- loved one, hated one liked the 3rd. Think the House 21 was the stinker.
The tuna was fresh and good, and we enjoyed the rest of the sushi we ordered. Not the best and truly Americanized.
Large menu, staff seemed inexperienced but friendly. In a pinch we'll head back, but won;t ver be "jonsing" for Koji.
Succulent Sushi!!. My husband and I go to the Koji's in Beaverton and have always found the sushi to be fresh and delicious. The staff is attentive and friendly, too. The best part? It's so affordable that you can eat sushi until you're full and pay less than $50!!
not the worst, definately not the best. This used to be one of my favorite, but it has been going down hill slowly and steadily. The fish is not a consistantly fresh as it was 6 months ago and the service is faltering as well. It took me an hour and a half one day for a small lunch for two people, and there were only two other tables of people.
Godzilla. Try the NW special - Godzilla and crush that tasty fire breather in your mouth!
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