I have been to both dinner and happy hour at Dragonfish a few times now, and have had good experiences each time. The atmosphere in the restaurant is casual/dressy (typical Portland), and the bar area, which is separated by the lobby of the Paramount Hotel, is casual. I clearly feel the asian mystique in the restaurant side, which makes it a nice place to go for a nice dinner. The bar, though, is where you find the absolute best value during happy hour. It is generally busy, and it is often difficult to get a seat during happy hour, but it is worth being tenacious. The food is quite good, but it is the prices and services that are exceptional. Unfortunately you can only order 6 appetizers per person, but honestly, coupled with a couple of drinks, it is sufficient. There is sushi as well as cooked items on the happy hour menu. And the staff in the bar is extraordinarily efficient even given the crowds. It is as if they have eyes in the sides and back of their heads, and they deftly wait on multiple people simultaneously. I've never had my order mixed up either. If you want a seat at happy hour, get there as close to 4 as you can. People tend to stay. I do. And I will certainly return, as I think this is one of the best happy hour values in Portland.
Walking in to Blue Fin for the first time, and based on the look of the place, my husband and I were prepared to be impressed. We loved the colors and general feel of the place. We were a bit let down by the food itself. The fish and vegetables were fresh, but the rice left a lot to be desired- it seemed overcooked and over-salted. The waitress was very sweet, but our order took forever to arrive (we could see the sushi chefs standing around looking bored as we waited). I would probably go back for take-out or for a very laid back meal (with lots of conversation topics to fill the time between ordering and eating)
Went to Mio Sushi Killingsworth and had dinner with the family. We sat in front of the Sushibar and noticed a Sushiman making maki and nigiri quickly. I was amazed at his ability to produce orders considering that the restaurant was packed. Our sushi order came out quickly, fresh and amazingly tasty. I asked the sushiman what his name was? and he replyed "Tank". I asked him why he calls himself tank, and he replyed with a nod. I guess he didn't understand English, but the sushi was tasty. Ummm Ummm Good. I'll definately be referring people to this place.