Recently, representatives from the Japanese Culture Center made a visit to biwa Japanese Restaurant in Portland, OR. We had heard that it was a tasty pitstop that had to be made while in “Stumptown”. From our experience, it was worth worth the visit.
We tried a variety of items that were all very delicious. For starters, we ordered the local oysters, as well as, daikon kimichi (Korean pickled radish), chicken karaage (fried chicken), yaki onigiri (grilled rice ball). The onigari was particularly nostalgic of times spent in Japan.
For the entree, we enjoyed a vegetable udon and the tonkatsu ramen (pork ramen) with a side of gyoza (dumplings). We found that for our tastes, sometimes the most enjoyable favor can come from a straight forward approach. biwa did not over complicate the dishes and crafted a simple noodle dish with great depth, much like a master poet would craft a profound haiku.
If you are in the area, please drop by for a bite!
215 SE 9th Ave,
Portland, OR 97214
You can review the entire menu here.