By Elena Kadvany
Portland's hyper-sustainable Bamboo Sushi debuts at Westfield Valley FairUploaded: Oct 16, 2020
Bamboo Sushi, the Portland, Oregon sustainable sushi restaurant, is now open at Westfield Valley Fair on the border of Santa Clara and San Jose.
Bamboo Sushi is known for paying close attention to seafood sourcing and maintaining a low carbon footprint. Every piece of fish served at the restaurant must meet the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines, and its website includes a supply chain map updated in real time.
Bamboo Sushi serves nigiri, rolls and other fare. Photo courtesy Bamboo Sushi.
The Valley Fair restaurant menu notes where and how the seafood was caught – such as albacore from Oregon, fished via trolling and hook and line – as well as which fish is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit that sets the standard for sustainable fishing. The menu also includes an educational glossary with explanation of terms such as bycatch ("the unintentional catch of fish and other marine creatures") and purse-sine ("using a large wall of netting to encircle and catch a specific school of fish").
The menu at Bamboo Sushi Valley Fair includes nigiri, rolls, a wagyu burger and crispy sushi rice topped with your choice of fish, truffled eel sauce and green onion. Look for local specials down the line.
The chef's choice sashimi at Bamboo Sushi. Photo courtesy Bamboo Sushi.
Bamboo Sushi will join the ranks of Din Tai Fung, Ramen Nagi, Super Duper Burgers and Salt & Straw at the mall. Several new eateries have also opened in recent weeks, including Shake Shack, fast casual chicken and rice eatery Rooster & Rice, Southern California seafood restaurant King's Fish House and Japanese cheesecake chain Uncle Tetsu. The mall recently built a new outdoor dining plaza as part of a $1.1 billion renovation.
Bamboo Sushi is only open for takeout now as it eases into opening, though diners can eat their to-go food at the restaurant's outdoor patio. The restaurant is discussing when the dining room will open, said Judiaann Woo, director of communications and brand strategy for Sustainable Restaurant Group, which owns Bamboo Sushi.
"Safety, for guests and staff, is of the utmost importance so they don't want to rush to open for indoor dining without a solid plan for best execution," she said.
The restaurant only allows a certain number of orders per time slot for both takeout and delivery to "allow for quality standards and social distancing best practices," so if you try to order and see "online ordering not available" that means there are no slots left. The restaurant accepts online orders four days in advance or a week in advance on Caviar.
Bamboo Sushi is open at 2855 Steven Creek Blvd. Suite 1840 on Sunday through Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.