Noodles are an important part of Japanese food culture. In fact, the Japanese are as obsessive with their noodles as the Italians are with pasta; both share food influences brought by countries as diverse as Portugal and China. In Japan, noodles show up in stir fries, served chilled in the summer, and come topped with … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #16 Biwa
Reader Survey Best Restaurants in Portland 2012 #16. New review 10/15/12 A lot has changed about Portland since my review of Biwa in 2008. Sure, Portland still isn't much of a sushi town as compared to Seattle, Vancouver BC, or San Francisco. Yet good ramen and izakaya style dining were still a rarity in Portland in … [Read more...] about Review: Biwa
Gabe Rosen and Kina Voelz, owners of the popular Biwa restaurant in SE Portland, demonstrated to OPB Arts & Life, how to cook bibimbap, the signature Korean dish, at home. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or … [Read more...] about OPB: Cook it at Home: Biwa Owners Demonstrate Cooking Bibimbap
For me, first dates are a tricky thing. I don't want to go overboard and spend a bunch of money unless I'm pretty sure we are going to hit it off. I don't want somewhere that is so loud and distracting that we can't get to know each other. Then there's the food. A sense of adventure, especially in all things food, is … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Where to Eat on a First Date
In 2011, the order was Cartopia, Biwa and Beaker & Flask. This year Beaker fell off of the list, probably because they are now only open until 11pm. Pix moved up considerably. The Gilt Club, Bunk Bar and Montage moved down. 925 votes cast: 1. *Cartopia Food Carts - 14% 1207 Southeast Hawthorne … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Place for a Late Night Snack
Best Burger is always one of the more contentious awards. Almost everyone likes good hamburgers, but many people base their favorites on "what mom used to make". Some people like all the accompaniments, others the bare minimum. With that in mind, I've listed to top 15. The spread is pretty close, with the … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Burger in Portland
A small kitchen fire has forced Biwa restaurant to close tonight, February 2nd. According to the guy who answered the phone, if all goes well, they plan to reopen tomorrow. Glad it was a small fire. Biwa's ramen still calls to me on rainy nights. … [Read more...] about Biwa Closed Tonight Due to Kitchen Fire
View the 2012 Reader Survey results here! Here are the results of the reader survey of the best restaurants in Portland. The total number of votes was a bit daunting, but I narrowed them down to a group which stood far above the rest. Within each of the three groups, the votes were very close. The tally dropped off … [Read more...] about 2011 Reader’s Survey: The Best Restaurants in Portland!