Tokyo ramen chain Afuri’s Old Town dumpling bar and noodle lab hits a sweet spot between minimalism and bursting ambition.
On Sunday, six of Portland’s best ramen chefs and half-a-dozen bartenders presented their most slurb-able samples at the Willamette Week-sponsored Ramen + Whisky festival.
Those poke tacos are like the technicolor dream of the San Gabriel Valley—a Latin-Asian mashup that also manages to be as intuitive as ceviche on a cracker.
In Tokyo, Portland is an aspirational brand. There are more than a dozen Portland-themed restaurants, bars and shops in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, a hip neighborhood that’s home to vibrant street fashion and is one of the only two wards in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage.
In a country obsessed with tradition but addicted to novelty, there are seemingly no limits.
Ramen is, of course, Japan’s drunky, slurping comfort food, the equal province of late-night hard-drinking salarymen and harried lawyers at lunchtime. But it is also serious business.
Pho Oregon makes some of the biggest and baddest pho in Portland, with some of the most terrifically fatty broth.
Some of the best ramen in Tokyo looks to be coming to Portland. The city of Portland has received a liquor license application for what appears to be the first American outpost of iconic Tokyo ramen shop Afuri, whose original outpost in Tokyo’s Ebisu district is still broadly considered one of the greatest ramen shops in … Continue reading Afuri Tokyo Ramen Shop Looks to Be Coming to Portland