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Portland’s Sustainable Sushi Chain in the Works at U Village Mall

Bamboo Sushi will open in November

A chef holds a plate of various pieces of sashimi, garnished with a flower.
Bamboo Sushi will open in November.
Courtesy of Bamboo Sushi

Bamboo Sushi, a sustainability-minded chain born in Portland, is planning a Seattle expansion this November at the University Village mall. While the restaurant and its sibling poke spot, Quickfish, originally planned to open on Capitol Hill in the spring of 2018, the company has decided instead to open a Bamboo Sushi only, at U Village. Both restaurants are owned by hospitality company Sustainable Restaurant Group.

Bamboo Sushi (2675 NE University Village St.) is building out a 4,700-square-foot restaurant, which will be its biggest location to date. As with its other locations, the restaurant will serve sushi sourced from environmentally-friendly fisheries (the chain explains in detail where they obtain their line-caught fish on their official website), 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. There will be lunch and dinner daily, with a weekday happy hour.

Both companies have taken several steps in their focus on sustainability, including getting certifications the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program and becoming a partner of Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. The chain is also carbon neutral.

Correction, 6/7/19, 12:04 p.m.: Eater updated the story to reflect news that only Bamboo Sushi is opening at University Village. The company has changed its strategy and will no longer open a Quickfish location there, as they originally stated.

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