New sushi is coming to Northwest Portland. Fish & Rice, an airy Japanese raw bar from Michigan expats Peter Hermann and Jesse Sweet, will open later this summer at 2332 NW Westover, Portland Mercury first reported. In a town teeming with high-end sushi — Nodoguro, Nimblefish, even Bamboo Sushi — Fish & Rice will focus on the basics at a reasonable price point: two rolls of sushi and soup for less than $13 at lunch, for example.
“The sushi is mainly going to focus on simple rolls,” Hermann said in a May interview with Eater PDX. “Portland is really expensive, rent is crazy, and it’s hard to find a good, simple rolls for under $40.” Most of the restaurant’s rolls hang out under $10, from a variety of vegetarian maki with mango and roasted red pepper to spicy yellowtail with serrano and togarashi. The restaurant also serves a smattering of poke bowls, including a build-your-own option with toppings like seaweed salad, fried shallots, and sesame furikake. Sauces range from the traditional to the out-there, from a Green Goddess to the “K-Pop,” a combination of gochujang and sesame oil. All of these will be available to eat in a space that looks closer to a twee coffee shop, with plenty of houseplants and minimalist touches. Fish & Rice should open in late July.
• Fish & Rice [Official]
• Fish & Rice: NW Portland’s New, Affordable, Fast-Casual Sushi Restaurant [Merc]