Masu Sushi

Location -
406 S.W. 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Neighborhood - Downtown

Categories - Japanese

Features - Near Portland Streetcar

Despite its modest sign and dim stairway, Masu’s interior beguiles with sexy urbanism. The menu offers a compromise between Western-style offerings, the typical a la carte sushi experience, and a love affair with tempura. Sauces kick the food out of the simple raw-fish realm and into a heavier, more formal kind of dining. The bar has a knack for burying alcohol’s bitter edge in fragrant herbs and exotic fruit, so a still drink feels like a healthy adventure.