Join our fearless hunger quenchers on their latest quest to Mio Sushi on 17th Ave. in Sellwood.It was one sunny day whilst driving in my car with Jebby that we passed what used to be a Panda King in our Sellwood neighborhood. Jebby screamed a high pitched “Oh my god!” and as I jumped three feet out of my seat she proclaimed with excitement, “They’re opening a Mio Sushi!” I had only heard tales of Mio Sushi and their delicious sashimi and variety of rolls, but after hearing the delighted squeals from my passenger side, I was now very curious and also excited.
A couple weeks passed and then one day, in Jebby’s living room, we were thinking about where to eat when she again squealed with child like joy at remembering that she saw a “Now Open” sign in the window of our new Mio Sushi. We both jumped up and down like two 2nd graders playing double dutch and hurriedly walked the four blocks down
17th Ave to our destination.
It was busy to say the least. We were not the only gleeful Sellwoodians anxious to eat some raw fish and seaweed. As our waitress pointed us in the direction of an open table I pushed my way passed Jebby like a kid running to the ice cream truck so I could steal the comfy booth side seat and force my friend to endure the less comfortable chair.
Abbe's Meal: Teriyaki Tofu and Mio Roll
I was so hungry by the time we arrived that I decided to go all out on my first Mio sushi experience. I ordered teriyaki tofu and veggies with rice for my entree, a miso soup, and a mio roll from the sushi menu. The mio roll contains raw tuna, crab, avocado, and cucumber.
My miso soup was just as good as any miso I’d had at other Japanese venues, but nothing to get too excited about. My teriyaki tofu was glorious. The tofu was fried and had a delicious coating of golden brown goodness on the outside with a warm and soft center. The sauce was thick, gooey, and delectable with hints of orange and lemon in an exquisite teriyaki base. My vegetables were tender and piping hot and the rice was a fluffy little cloud for all the glory of my food to sit atop.
Finally the Mio roll arrived on a little wooden caddy with wasabi and ginger surrounding it. I took a moment and marveled at it’s beauty. All the wonderful ingredients ready to burst forth from their tight seaweed and rice wrapping into my waiting jaws. The only way to describe what followed would be to say I had a moment of enlightenment. Jebby inquired “So, how is it?”
All I could do was make an expression on my face similar to that of a Joseph Gordon-Levitt expression in a racy scene from Mysterious Skin. That about sums up what I was feeling when all the flavors hit my tongue. It was like heaven itself fell from the sky and landed on my taste buds. The perfect little happy ending.