Breaking News

Nodoguro’s New Project Is a Healthful Japanese Café by Day and a Vinyl Jazz Salon by Night

Tonari and Peter Cat will launch on SE Belmont in late spring.

01/30/2019 By Karen Brooks

Eat Here Now

With Giraffe, the Biwa Folks Take On the Japanese Grocery

Located inside Cargo, it's one of the central city's few places to find Japanese groceries, snacks, and baked treats.

01/29/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Just Opened

Curio-Cute Japanese Deli and Market Giraffe Opens Inside Cargo

Former Biwa co-owner Gabe Rosen brings bento boxes, home cooking staples, and coveted Oyatsupan baked goods to the Central Eastside.

12/12/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Nimblefish Brings the Art of Sushi Back to the Basics

With a stellar wine list to boot.

02/27/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

First Impressions

Downtown’s New Afuri Ramen Outpost Brings Double the Dumplings

The Tokyo chain’s newest Portland location wields a slimmed-down menu with zippy service, poke, and more gyoza.

11/21/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: Step into the Light

Behold the Most Elegant—Dare We Say, Delicate—Ramen on Portland’s Scene

Kayo’s Ramen Bar isn’t out to overpower you. And that’s a good thing.

10/12/2017 By Zach Dundas

Best Restaurants 2017: Three Degrees of Naoko

3 Ways a Japanese Chef Created an Only-in-Portland Gem

Here’s how Naoko Tamura’s downtown spot went from dorky to destination.

10/12/2017 By Karen Brooks

Restaurant Review

Chef Naoko's Radical, Farm-Fresh Japanese Cooking Lures a Star Architect

The downtown bento spot morphs from anti-space to high-design statement, but Naoko Tamura's bold cooking remains center stage.

03/20/2017 By Karen Brooks

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: Feb 21–28

From broccoli rabe dumplings at Han Oak to sourdough waffles at Beeswing, these are the things you must eat this week.

02/21/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Coffee Guide: International Bakeries

Pastries without Borders: 6 Globe-Trotting Portland Bakeries

Swedish cinnamon knots to Japanese kare doughnuts, butter is a universal language.

02/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Benjamin Tepler

Eat Here Now

Why Did Cult Tokyo Ramen Shop Afuri Come to Portland? Because We’ve Got the Water.

“Portland water makes our broth the best,” says the CEO. “Afuri cannot exist without the water.”

11/14/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Word of Mouth

The 11 Best Things Food Critic Karen Brooks Ate in 2016

Beef tartare to old-school pizza to Japanese shaved ice, here are the year’s defining dishes.

11/14/2016 By Karen Brooks

First Look

Chef Naoko’s Bento Café Gets a Redesign from Star Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma

We’ve got a first look at the farm-fresh eatery’s new digs.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Food News

Zilla Sake Launches Japanese Breakfast

The NE Alberta sushi and sake spot joins Portland’s Asian brunching movement.

10/19/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Ramen Rapture

Portland’s Best Real-Deal Ramen: Marukin

Mark it down: in 2016, we finally got certifiably amazing Tokyo-style ramen.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Supahardcore

Portland’s Best “Supahardcore” Japanese: Nodoguro

From pop-up beginnings to a Zen-vintage space on Belmont, the champion of “Supahardcore” Japanese doubles down.

10/10/2016 By Karen Brooks

Breaking News

Biwa to Reboot as Two Eateries: A Sashimi Chef’s Counter and a DJ-Spinning Japanese Bar

On October 16, Portland’s DIY Japanese pub pioneer moves down the hall to become Biwa Izakaya. The original space will become Parasol Bar in November.

10/05/2016 By Karen Brooks

Breaking News

First Look at Tokyo's Cult Afuri Ramen, Opening Soon in Southeast Portland

In mid-October, Afuri unveils an ambitious showcase for Japanese cooking in SE Industrial—noodles to sake and skewers—anchored by a key Oregon-only ingredient and major international chef talent.

10/03/2016 By Kelly Clarke

THE TABLE SETTER

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, This Prolific Portland Restaurateur Redefined “Fine Dining”

Michael Vidor—the man behind L’Auberge, Genoa, and Tanuki—replaced stodge with bohemian, come-as-you-are excellence.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING NEWS

Sushi Lovers, Listen Up: Nodoguro Adds a Second Night

At Southeast Portland’s house of casual Japanese cool, sushi heaven is no longer reserved for Sunday.

09/24/2015 By Karen Brooks