I had the pleasure of having lunch at Sansai Japanese Grill today. Sansai is located at 539 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210. I first started eating at Sansai when I was still working in that area. 21st is known for having a lot of great eateries, so when it comes to picking a place for lunch, it was always a dilemma. I could of visited the Thai restaurant down the street, or the panda Express which was two blocks down, or the delicious bakery just up the street. No matter the temptation of good eateries around me, i always end up eating at Sansai.
21st is a very busy street and parking can be a problem on the weekends. Parallel street parking is a must for this district and if you are someone like me, who is Asian and not very good at parallel parking, well you should avoid this street. This explains why i have not visited Sansai since I stopped working in that Area.
For the last couple of days I had this insane craving for Nigiri. I went to several different Sushi Bars, but none came close to satisfied my cravings. Since i was in the area today, I decided to visit Sansai once again.
I am happy to say they did not disappoint me. The Sushi was well prepared and the taste was excellent.
|Japanese Red Snapper (Tai)|
This is their specialty dish. When I saw it on the menu i thought it was really pretty and unique. I love trying new things, so i ordered it. It comes on top of a shrimp, which I couldn't grab with my chopstick along with what I am holding. I don't remember the name of the dish, but there is a big picture of it on their menu. It is a crab salad wrapped around Tobiko with raw quail egg on top. I think this dish is perfect for a warm summer day. The dish is very flimsy, which is suggested to be eaten whole, because if you take a bite, it will fall apart. This dish made my body incredibly cool and gave me cold chills. It's not something I would pick if I knew the effect. Especially when it was raining outside.
Overall I was very satisfied with the food, and the Cheft was extremely friendly. Maybe because he saw me snapping pictures and recording videos as I eat lol. I have heard there is one other Restaurant in Portland that is known to be the best Sushi place in town. I still haven't had a chance to visit that restaurant, but hopefully in the near future.