To put a very fine point on it, the reason we go to Bamboo Sushi is for the sushi. And we will go—as evidenced by the small lines that continue to form before the doors open, even after two years of service. But, the experimental sushi chefs as well as the playful chefs de cuisine put out plenty that’s not raw and plenty that’s well worth the gamble when ordering—and there’s no better time to gamble than happy hour. Take the imo koroshi—it looks like a sushi roll, but it’s not: That’s not fish you’re eating, it’s roasted yams topped with more yams (dried) in a garlic butter soy sauce. Or try the shishito peppers, which are blistered over open flames before they’re tossed in miso butter with bacon lardons. But, your best bet just might be the okonomiyaki—a dense but almost melt-in-your-mouth, creamy Japanese pancake topped with mushrooms, chopped shrimp, fried oysters, and thinner-than-paper bonito ribbons, which are so light that they stir at the slightest wave of your hand. There are no cocktail specials but a handful of wine, beer and sake options will handily round out your experience. Happy hour lasts from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bamboo Sushi NW, 836 NW 23rd Ave., 971.229.1925 

 

Shishito peppers tossed in miso butter with bacon lardons
Shishito peppers tossed in miso butter with bacon lardons

Imo koroshi: roasted yams topped with more yams (dried) in a garlic butter soy sauce
Imo koroshi: roasted yams topped with more yams (dried) in a garlic butter soy sauce

Asian steamed bun: house made steamed bun, filling changes frequently
Asian steamed bun: house made steamed bun, filling changes frequently

Okonomiyaki: a dense, creamy Japanese pancake topped with mushrooms, chopped shrimp, fried oysters, and thinner-than-paper bonito ribbons
Okonomiyaki: a dense, creamy Japanese pancake topped with mushrooms, chopped shrimp, fried oysters, and thinner-than-paper bonito ribbons

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