Sushi Tree

Food Carts Portland

Mississippi Marketplace 4237 N. Mississippi

The Story: Some people think sushi means mostly raw fish rolled into or placed on top of vinegar seasoned rice. This is a common misconception. Although the Japanese invented sushi and indeed love to eat just about anything that swims in the sea, sushi traditionally refers to the rice part, not what’s in it.

The Sushi Tree is an all vegetarian sushi cart in the bustling Mississippi Marketplace pod. Rolls here come stuffed with all sorts of things from the plant kingdom including smokey tofu, marinated shiitake mushrooms, and other vegetables such as green onion, spinach, carrot or avocado. The rolls are inventive and substantial with the “mega rolls” often rolled in crispy fried Panko breadcrumbs and drizzled with sauces to give a little something extra with tastes and textures. A large roll might be $8.00 but they are all quite filling. The B-Stuffed mega roll with asparagus, sprouts, and several other veggies was enough to split between two people to make a light lunch.

Needless to say, Sushi Tree is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and also environmentally conscious. For example, they serve their “to stay” orders on reusable plastic plates rather than just serving in the standard toss away containers.

I love how the Portland cart scene continues to expand in both numbers and choices, especially in lighter, healthier and vegetable focused fare.

Sample Menu:

5 piece Medium Roll – $5.00 — 8 piece Large Roll $7.00

  • Smokey Tofu – smoked tofu, carrot, green onion, red cabbage and spinach w/ miso or dynamite sauce
  • Green Dragon – Asparagus, Sprouts, Sunflower Seeds, Green Leaf, Avocado, Cucumber and Cilantro w/ miso or dynamite sauce
  • The Good Burn – Red Bell Pepper, Avocado, Cucumber, Daikon, Radish, and Wasabi w/ miso or dynamite sauce

Specialty Mega Rolls – $8.00

  • NoPo Roll – Smoked Tofu, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper and Green Onion w/ cream cheese or tofutti. Topped w/ sliced avocado and Shiso leaves
  • The B Stuffed – Asparagus, Sprouts, Green Leaf, Sunflower Seeds, Smoked Tofu, Red Cabbage, Cucumber and Avocado. Rolled in Sesame Fried Panko Breadcrumbs in Miso Sauce.
  • Shiitake Teriyaki – Marinated Shiitake mushrooms, Daikon Radish, Red Bell Pepper and Green Onions. Rolled in Panko Breadcrumbs w/ Teriyaki Sauce

A la Carte Menu – make your own – small $3.50, large $5.00 – any two ingredients of the following or $0.50 for additional ingredients – red cabbage, cilantro, spinach, smoked tofu, sunflower seeds, cucumber, sprouts, red bell pepper, green onion, avocado

Vegan Shiitake Miso Soup $2.00

Edame salted unshelled soybean pods small $2.00 or large $4.00

Hours: Wed – Sun 12 noon until ???

Phone: 503-705-3585


Twitter: @SushiTreePDX




  1. This sounds really good, and I’m glad someone established that fact about sushi being about the rice, not the fish. I’ve been in way too many arguments with people about this. I must try this place when I get to PDX again.

  2. Trust me John I’ve had the sushi “it’s the rice not the fish” argument many times. Lots of Japanese food websites explain this in detail as have sushi chefs I’ve worked for. The best way I explain it is to say Sushi is basically the equivalent of saying “Sandwich”. A sandwich can be filled with many things: cheese, meats, vegetables, peanut butter. Sandwich really refers to slices or sliced bread with things layered inside of it, stuffed into it (in the case of pita bread), or in the case of an open face sandwich put on top.

    Sushi is similar. It refers to the seasoned rice part. Other than that it can include fish, egg, vegetables, seaweed and these days even things like fruit, spam or cream cheese.

    Argument over.

  3. this place is fracking awesome. large portions, very creative use of veggies. friendly peops. eat/feast enjoy!

  4. Jessica is great, top notch & spot on, rumor is she is including meat into her menu, can’t wait to go see her again all my friends love going there

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