Shizuku by Chef Naoko Editor’s Pick
Japanese, Pacific Northwest, Vegetarian
Japanese families and in-the-know locals come for Naoko Tamura’s Oregon-inspired Japanese comfort foods. Bento is the star of the lunch-only menu: light, healthy, artful, and fashioned with farm-fresh ingredients. The chalkboard overhead reads like a road map of respected Oregon producers. Each lacquered box contains five compartments holding thoughtful bites: sweet omelet, silky tofu, market-fresh greens, rice, and a changing main attraction, from lightly fried wild Oregon lingcod to farm-coddled chicken in a tomato braise. If you’re still hungry, the miso soup is fantastically perfumed, and the browned strips of pressed, gooey, rice-cake “mocheese” are terrific.
Good to Know
Chef Naoko's Bento Cafe
1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR, 97201
Downtown • 503-227-4136
Tue-Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm Wed-Fri: 6pm - 9:30pm