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Aomatsu Japanese Restaurant : A Complete Japanese Dining Experience

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Aomatsu Restaurant’s manager, Gary Ahn, confidently states, “We have good food, reasonable prices, and a nice atmosphere”.  He is being modest.

When you walk in you see the first of four unique dining atmospheres — the Teppenyaki Tables. There the chef, with showmanship, prepares vegetables with sauces, pasta, and fried rice followed by your choice of steak, fish, or seafood. You can order sushi appetizers at the Teppenyaki tables knowing that they are top priority in the kitchen so that your dinner isn’t served first.

The front of the restaurant offers open seating while the Tatani rooms in back offer privacy for business meetings or romantic interludes. Diners at the Sushi Bar enjoy a good view of the chefs.

The popular restaurant has doubled its size since it opened. Gary says they working on improving their service during the busiest times.

The menu displays plentiful selections, including noodles for the kids. Don’t miss the “Special Menu”. Most of these creative sushi rolls are by the lead chef, Frank, He is well known in Korea and worked as the top chef in the Hotel Lotte Seoul. His large, delicious sushi portions are the best value in the Willamette Valley.

The meal we had was tasty, filling, and full of variety. We enjoyed the Ganmi Tea, made from brown rice. It complemented the food perfectly with a subtle musky flavor. Maguro Poke or Hawaiian Style Tuna Salad is popular due to the large chunks of maguro tuna mixed with seaweed, sprouts, and cucumber in a rich sauce with hints of sesame. The Maguro albacore sushi was unique — white in color and seared on the one side to hold its delicate flesh together. Another Specialty Roll is the Moby Dick (the fish is on the inside…get it?!). It is arranged like miniature cupcakes only the cake is five different fish wrapped in nori with a crab “frosting”. It is complemented by a sweet and sour squid salad, without any one taste dominating. If you want to spice up your dinner, try the Playboy Roll accented with hot sauce. (a little sizzle between the nori sheets.)

Reservations are accepted for M – Th; Friday and Saturday are First Come, First Served.

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  • Katherine - Connecticut said:

    The scope of your publication is particularly impressive. I like that you’ve sorted stories into different areas of the community such as “art & literature”, “athletics”, and, in particular, “dining”. I am very interested in sustainable living practices so this “dining” section appeals to me on the basis that I believe that modern Western culture truly needs to change its food production and consumption practices if we intend to perceive ourselves as a society which is moral and, perhaps more importantly, as a culture which has a future.

  • Jeannine - Georgia said:

    I was drawn to this review because I believe it is great to bring attention to new and different restaurants in the area as Atlanta is such a melting pot of restaurants. I think it was well written.

  • Michelle – Texas said:

    Well, the sushi picture made me want to read…

  • Holly – Greece said:

    In this article the writer’s description of the meal made me want to eat it. Besides, there are health benefits in Japanese food.

  • Dale – New Mexico said:

    This article about Aomatsu Restaurant really piqued my interest, as I am a connoisseur of Asian cuisine. Based on the article, I would have no qualms visiting the restaurant were I in the area.

  • Holly - Greece said:

    In this article the writer’s description of the meal made me want to eat it. The only additions i’d make is to mention more details about the owners and i’d touch on the health benefits of Japanese food.

  • Jennifer – Canada said:

    While I enjoyed the article, especially the description of the atmosphere of the restaurant, I felt as though there wasn’t enough about the inspiration behind the restaurant. I would have enjoyed the background story, of how the restaurant started or the inspiration for making it a Japanese restaurant. If the writer included the theme of the website the article would have been more effective.

  • Ebony D said:

    I liked the information given in the article. I would like to have known a little more about where this restaurant is.

  • Chanda -- Iowa said:

    ., I’m glad I spent time on your site — There were so many articles on your website that I could (and may) spend several hours going through it even more thoroughly.

    I am commenting on this article because it specifically is written about food/dining. I am an avid cook and baker and very much like reading about food and restaurants, particularly in the manner that your magazine demands–to promote, not because it is easy or feels good, but because it is warranted and deserved.
    This is a good thing to do.
    While this article was informative and achieved the goal that restaurant writing should: either to make one want to go there, or know to avoid the place at all costs, I found that it lacked a certain sparkle, a “something other” that mimics the dining experience itself. The author states that, “the Tatani rooms in back offer privacy for business meetings or romantic interludes,” and yet I did not find myself, upon finishing the article, with a desire to take my significant other there, to share in not just the sensuality of a meal, but also the ambiance of the room. To be frank, the last paragraph was a bit desperate–both to give our palettes some stimulation and to amuse us. I found neither to be true. Although the last line, ” a little sizzle between the nori sheets,” was hilarious and well-placed. I understand that an article must be concise and direct, and this one certainly is, but I think the author should dwell on the tastes and textures of the experience itself, and to render them purely so that the reader too can understand why they need to dine there, to understand why this restaurant is “a Winner.” Japanese cuisine is about balance, purity, simplicity, and the beauty within the individual experience. Surely, an article written about Japanese cuisine should mimic this aim, no?

  • Shawn H said:

    I appreciate how you showcase local restaurants in an attempt to draw people away from the mundane system of fast-food chains. You immediately give manager Gary Ahn credit for being a modest and charming presence in the restaurant, and then you proceed to explain all of the best features of the establishment. However, as I read through the posting, I noticed that a few of the Japanese words you use are misspelled. Firstly, the Japanese flooring is “tatami,” not “tatani.” This one would not throw off many careful readers, but a word you use later to describe tea made from brown rice (“ganmi”) should actually be “genmai.” I spoke with my wife (she is from Japan), and when I used the word “ganmi,” she had no clue what I was referring to. Misspellings like this make the blog look unresearched when I know your intention is to describe the total Japanese dining experience. I only come with these comments as my master’s thesis at Columbia University is entitled “Sushi Daisuki! The California Roll and (Mis)Located Japanese Identity.” I have an invested interest in ethnic identities in the United States, and I have been focusing on ethnic restaurants for quite some time now.

    I believe your cause is one that is gravely needed, and we should focus more on the heroes in front of our eyes on a daily basis and not the ones Hollywood or television executives force on our population

  • Suzanne said:

    I went to the Dining section and clicked on the article about Aomatsu Japanese Restaurant (I am a Japanese food addict). I loved the imagery used when describing the place, and the photo was an excellent selection as it showed the venue bustling with customers which will make readers want to visit- a busy place must have great food, or it wouldn’t be busy! The only thing I didn’t get out of the article was where exactly the restaurant was located. I’m from the East Coast and I didn’t know where Willamette Valley was (I do now, thanks to google search.) Now that I have navigated the site a little bit more, I see that restaurants, activities, etc on the page are frequently located in Oregon. Perhaps the full address of the venue could be in the article somewhere so travelers and locals can see if the destination is within a reasonable distance of where they are going.

    Regardless, great site!

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