Otosan, which means father in Japanese, is a collaboration between Woo and her father, a 40-year restaurateur who owns eateries in Portland, Oregon. Otosan is Woo’s love letter to her father who she credits with teaching her everything about running a restaurant and, more importantly, how to connect with others through good food.
The restaurant features a modern and chic design featuring 18-foot high ceilings, an exhibition kitchen and sushi bar with a mix of banquettes and tables all infused with pops of chartreuse, lime and green apple. The space is further texturized with exposed pipes, wood beams, pendant lighting and a handmade seashell mural that Woo had commissioned from two local artists who are sisters. Otosan, which seats nearly 100 guests evenly divided between indoor and alfresco seating, also offers private dining for 10 with front row access to the culinary performance that takes place within the open-air kitchen.
When the restaurant opens for indoor dining, guests can expect a curated, multi-course experience similar to Kaiseki-style dining, but with a more approachable menu. There will be two seatings each night, both lasting approximately two hours, with a selection of prix-fixe menus arranged sequentially with an emphasis on presentation.
“The best sushi I’ve had in a really long time if not ever”