Located downtown Portland in the Upmarket section off of SW Market Street.
The reason I give so much detail to the direction is because 1. they do not have a direct website and 2. you could easily saunter right passed this gem. Keep your eyes open for this hole in the wall because this is absolutely one of my fave spots that everyone in the world, who likes authentic sushi, MUST experience.
Murata is tiny, offering but a few tables on the main floor by the chef's counter and to the right of the entrance there are four separate rooms curtained off with 2 tables in each room. They are traditional tables with comfortable pillows to sit so take off your shoes and relax. The servers are in traditional kimonos, have beautiful accents, ,provide amazing service and are genuinely kind and gracious.
Their drink menu includes delicious sake's, large Sapporo with a limited liquor bar but who wants cocktails? I want chilled sake all day :)
My other 3 friends and I ordered an array of delights, including Chef's Choice sashimi plate, radnon rolls and it was fresh and clean and the rice was perfect. It was unprocessed, soft and fell apart indicating it was made that day. It didn't resemble a sticky rice brick that some may prefer. Honestly though I had the BEST dish of Black Cod. It was so good I wanted to order another piece but with all of the typical starters such as seaweed salad (which is an acquired taste and I always order to critique as each salad varies extremely), edamame and miso soup, I decided against it. It was so good I dreamt about it and NEEDED it the next day.
We four ladies had a feast fit for Queens that fused together fresh, succulent variety combinations topped with black cod as a cherry on top; then add the nuance of impeccable service by tradition, beautiful Japanese women.
Are you sold yet???
Wait...one more detail...the check.
Adding up a secret rendezvous, sashimi plate, multiple rolls, my black cod, all of the starters, sake, beer and we only paid $25.00 per person (not including tip).
Need I say more?
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