Portland: Bamboo Sushi

17th June 2012

My boyfriend discovered Bamboo Sushi‘s vegan-friendly menu online since he is a mastermind at finding vegan cuisine in Portland. We wanted to go for some unique vegan sushi in Portland just like Masu Sushi. Bamboo Sushi has two locations in Portland, Oregon, one in Southeast and one in Northwest which opens in June 2012. We only went to the SE Portland location off SE 28th Avenue. They serve amazing and unique vegan sushi rolls ever in Portland!

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Complimentary steamed and salted Edamame (枝豆)
It was a light complimentary appetizer, very common at some nice sushi eateries.

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegan Buddha Roll
Request it as VEGAN while it is also a vegetarian dish. The vegan buddha roll tastes great: asparagus, shiitake mushrooms and combinations of fresh and pickled vegetables. But it doesn’t really WOW me though.

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegan BERT and ERNIE Roll
Request it as VEGAN. For some reason, I could not find the menu item on their menu. But Allison from Bamboo Sushi kindly wrote to me the ingredients. Inside the Bert and Ernie sushi has medley of pickled beets, pickled burdock root, flash fried shoestring purple and sweet potato, and English cucumber, accompanied with lomi lomi grape tomato salsa. Lovely combination, and impressive use of these ingredients indeed!

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegan Tsukemono Salad
Request it as VEGAN/VEGETARIAN. It is an assorted house pickled vegetable salad accompanied with seaweed.

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegan 310 Roll
Request it as VEGAN. This vegan 310 sushi roll has marinated fried tofu, roasted peppers, cucumbers, asparagus and yamagobo wrapped with avocado and sweet shiitake glaze. It was one of my favourite sushi rolls at Bamboo Sushi. I really love the sweet shiitake glaze, and it goes well with the combination of vegetables and marinated fried tofu.

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegan PDX Roll
Request it as VEGAN, and their mayo can be made vegan, using silken tofu sauce with cilantro, avocado and olive oil. I like the name of the sushi roll, it represents how cool Portland can be in terms of look and taste. According to the wonderful Allison from Bamboo Sushi, the vegan PDX sushi roll contains tempura fried shishito pepper [獅子唐辛子], pickled soy asparagus and pickled burdock root, wrapped in a thin sheet of soy paper and topped with minced pickled shiitake mushrooms, pickled red onions accompanied with a drizzle of silken tofu “mayo” (with cilantro, avocado, olive oil) and a shiitake glaze and a touch of japanese 7 spice (togarashi; (唐辛子). What a brilliant sushi roll, the tofu-based “mayo” was a hit!

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta
I was surprised to see a vegan option for their desserts section, but quite happy to see that in the menu. I never had a vegan panna cotta before, but it was worth it to try it. It’s a coconut custard, accompanied by yuzu sour cherry reduction and a sesame granola tuile. When my vegan coconut panna cotta arrived, the portion looked quite small, yet beautiful and simple. I could taste the light coconut flavour from the custard, and the reduction reminded me of a sour plum syrup. The crunchiness from the sesame granola tuile went well with the fluffy custard.

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Bamboo Sushi Portland

Vegetarian St. Dominique Flourless Chocolate Cake (NOT VEGAN)
This wasn’t a dish of mine, but my boyfriend’s brother’s. It looked really good from the photo, so I thought I would like to share his dish. It’s vegetarian, but not vegan. It’s a flourless chocolate cake glazed in berry sauce and caramel, which looks yummy (I can’t eat it!)

To view other vegan eats in Oregon, go here.

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