Despite Portland being located near multiple bodies of water, the city isn’t really known for its seafood, or for high-end sushi. Then Nimblefish opened and changed things. Between imported ingredients like saba mackerel that’s cured in-house, the use of local shellfish, and the perfectly cooked and seasoned rice, this Hawthorne spot serves some truly excellent sushi. The menu is focused on nigiri, hand rolls, and sashimi, though there are two omakase options for $65 or $90 that are great for a special night. The small space is just a sushi bar and a long communal table (make sure you ask to sit at the bar) and they don’t take reservations, but once you put your name down, you can head to Ok Omens down the street to wait.
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