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Portland’s Sustainable Bamboo Sushi Chain Picks Capitol Hill

The chain and its sibling poke restaurant, Quickfish, should open in spring 2018

Bamboo Sushi
Courtesy of Sustainable Restaurant Group

Bamboo Sushi and Quickfish, two sustainability-minded chains born in Portland, are planning Seattle expansions this spring. Bamboo Sushi will open a full-service restaurant at 601 East Pike St., and fast-casual Quickfish will bring poke bowls to 715 E Pike Street. Both are owned by hospitality company Sustainable Restaurant Group.

For its part, Bamboo Sushi is building out a space with a mezzanine, large sushi bar, and outdoor seating. As with its other locations (four in Portland proper, one on the way in Lake Oswego, and two in Denver), the restaurant will serve sushi sourced from sustainable fisheries, Japanese-inspired small plates, and even vegan menu options. Diners can pick between a traditional chef’s choice omakase experience at the sushi bar, or opt for a meal of original rolls and plates. Wine, beer, and the chain’s proprietary sake label will round out the drinks side.

Quickfish’s poke is similarly sustainability-focused, but at a lower price point thanks to a large supply chain. “Transparency in sourcing is where we start, but we’re also committed to ensuring that our fish is caught in a way that preserves the surrounding marine environment and by people who share our values,” the website reads.

The poke bowls at Quickfish stray from tradition a bit, with toppings like fried tofu, candied Thai chili, and kale, plus a range of original sauces like “sweet heat,” “green machine,” and “creamy habanero masago.” There’s also a poke nacho option, and diners can opt for customized bowls, too. Quickfish currently has two locations in Portland, two in Denver, and one in San Francisco.