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Zilla Sake

English
1806 NE Alberta St, Portland
503 288 8372
Mon 16:00 ~ 22:00
Tue 16:00 ~ 22:00
Wed 16:00 ~ 22:00
Thu 16:00 ~ 22:00
Fri 16:00 ~ 22:00
Sat 16:00 ~ 22:00
Sun 16:00 ~ 21:00
National Holidays
$45~
Takes Reservations
Yes
Accepts Credit Cards
Yes
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Zilla Sake is a Japanese sake bar and sushi restaurant located on NE Alberta St. among a large variety of shops, galleries, bars, and other establishments. The shop’s bar and restaurant areas are adjacent to each other and have mostly the same food (“omakase” menu available in the restaurant area only) and drink menus, but only customers age 21 and older may enter the bar area.

The restaurant has both counter and table seating, and three sushi chefs can be found working behind the counter at all times. The popular omakase Chef’s Menu allows customers to have their sushi made right before their eyes by a sushi chef using fresh saba mackerel, isaki, hotate scallops, and other seasonal seafood flown in straight from Tsukiji Fish Market. The shop prides itself on making not American-style sushi but traditional Japanese sushi which allows dining guests to enjoy the flavors of each ingredient. Their knives are, of course, of Japanese make, but the shop prides itself in that even their edobitsu (rice container), wasabi grater, katsuobushi shaver, and other utensils are of Japanese make as well. What’s more, all of the sushi names on the menu are written in Japanese as well, and each staff member is required to memorize every one of them.

The bar area includes both counter seating and standing areas. The Japanese sake lineup here is one of the best in the country and, though slight differences may be observed from season to season, is made up of approximately 90 varieties from 50 to 60 sake breweries. Customers can enjoy single drinks as well as a variety of sake tasting flights, including Kate’s Flights, which are created with a different theme every month by sake specialist Kate Koo, the restaurant’s owner and sushi chef with CSP and WSET Level 3 Award in Sake qualifications, as well as the shop’s Namazake Flight, and Flight of Japan. Drink pairings with sushi are also quite popular. Japanese draft beer and local namazake are also available on tap.

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