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Take a Tour of Nimblefish, SE Hawthorne’s New Sushi Restaurant

The owners somehow got their hands on old growth Oregon cedar from an old logging bridge

Nimblefish comes with that beautiful wooden table form Hokusei
| Dina Avila/EPDX

Nimblefish is now serving sushi for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, at 1524 SE 20th Ave., and Eater PDX photographer Dina Avila returns with photos of the open and minimalist space. Raw wood and natural stone give a thoroughly organic Oregon atmosphere. This includes some old growth Oregon cedar from an old logging bridge in the Cascade Range, as well as the beautiful wooden table from Hokusei, co-owner Cody Auger’s first restaurant.

Along with table seating, Nimblefish has a long bar with seats in front of the sushi chefs. It’s a good way to catch the action, and the chefs will directly pass you your dish when it’s finished; however, Nimblefish will not offer omakase — the practice of naming your price and letting the sushi chefs create a tasting menu on the spot — instead, focusing on the streamlined, tick-the-box-style sushi setup.

“I want to please the sushi novice and the expert,” say Auger. Nimblefish is also designed to equally suit those on the go and who want to linger.

Without further ado, here is Nimblefish’s tranquil design revealed in photos:

Hokusei’s beautiful wooden table now looks out onto Southeast 20th Avenue
Dina Avila/EPDX
Raw wood and ornamental vases create an organic feel
Dina Avila/EPDX
Old-growth cedar is distributed throughout the room.
Dina Avila/EPDX
There’s a long counter for watching sushi chefs work their craft
Dina Avila/EPDX
Dina Avila/EPDX


1524 Southeast 20th Avenue, , OR 97214 (503) 719-4064 Visit Website
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