Location: SE 43rd and Belmont
Hours: Tue-Sun, 12pm to 3pm; 5pm to 8pm
Sushi has gained greater acceptance in American culture over the years. There are now countless variations of this delicacy, using multiple meats, fish, vegetables, and sauces. The best part: sushi is an ideal street food. People likely use chopsticks, but it is OK to pick the sushi up and eat it with your hands.
Toshi, a sushi chef for over 20 years, opened Sushi PDX about eight months ago. Each piece of sushi and bowl of udon soup exiting his cart showcases the skills he acquired over the years. I visited Japan on a summer study abroad nine years ago, so Toshi and I briefly talked about our experiences there. He’s originally from Japan, but has only been back twice in the last quarter-century.
The DST Roll is one of the top-selling items. No, probably not what you’re thinking, either. It’s shorthand for double ST, or spicy tuna and shrimp tempura. Crab salad is also added inside the roll. I salivated imagining the crunchy tempura, the mild spicy tuna kick, and the creamy crab salad. The sushi is rolled perfectly, with a generous helping of seafood in the center. The tempura is crispy, contrasting with the other ingredients and the fresh fish is comforting and satisfying. The pickled ginger and wasabi, both served on the side, each add that extra zing to the experience.
There are some vegetarian items on the menu as well. If you’re not a big sushi lover, Toshi offers five different udon noodle soups at dinner time, perfect on a cold, rainy evening. Oh, and Sushi PDX now delivers, using Pegasus Delivery to get food to your home or office (hand rolls not included, likely because it loses its freshness en route to its destination). Head over to Sushi PDX and try Toshi’s food. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya!
Various sushi rolls ($3 to $8.50); includes:
- Vegetable Roll – $4.50
- Spicy Tuna Roll – $5.50 (add 50 cents for avocado)
- DST Roll – $6
- Crunchy Roll – $6.50
- Soft Shell Crab Roll – $8.50
Various hand rolls – $3.25 each, two for $6, three for $8.50
- Choices include spicy tuna, California, salmon skin, vegetable, and spicy scallop
Udon Soup (dinner only)
- Kake (plain) – $5
- Sansai – $6
- Niku (with Pork or Chicken) – $6
- Tempura – $6.50 (two pieces tempura); $7.25 (three pieces)
- Curry (with pork or chicken) – $7
Miso soup – $1.50