4130 SW 117th Ave., Beaverton, 350-1801.
[HIDDEN IZAKAYA] There’s no sign for this Beaverton strip
mall izakaya other than the name on the door. Inside the bare-bones
dining room there’s not
8029 SE Stark St., 477-6030, tanukipdx.com.
[WOW!] Chef-owner Janis Martin’s
Montavilla izakaya is a dim, nearly unmarked space frequented mostly by a
small, self-selecting group of adventurous
3810 SE Division St., 841-5527, shigezo-pdx.com.
[NOODLE BAR] Izakayas look and act like Restrantus but they are, taxonomically, Tavernus.
That is, the Japanese-style late-night noodle-and-booze sh
215 SE 9th Ave., 239-8830, biwarestaurant.com.
[TOKYO TUNNEL] Biwa is far too
established to be called a secret. Yet happening upon the basement
izakaya still feels like an enchanted surprise. Gl
The Jupiter Hotel will play host this
week to the massive Izakaya pub fest—with representatives of almost
every Portland sake “dining bar” and distiller (not Tanuki, see here)
serving up m
Janis Martin’s endearingly odd bar has a lot in common with inexpensive
restaurants all over Japan, in that it is tiny, cramped and not quite
level with the sidewalk, pays little attention to decor, and serves
food so strange and delicious it might make you cry.