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BOKE is a fusion Japanese restaurant located at the edge of the East side, right before you cross the bridge towards downtown Portland. You might be surprise, this modern restaurant locates in the industrial district. Most of the restaurant there are either pubs or brew houses.
Now you might wonder why we found this place. We were so lucky that we got hold of a pamphlet The Where To Eat Guide from the Powell bookstore. The pamphlet listed various of restaurants that are not usually listed on tourist websites or best suggested lists on the internet. The best thing about it is it divides up into 10 parts, including all the area around Portland. It provides a short introduction of the restaurant, the basic menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or even late night, address, hours, reservation number, website, and a range of suggest cost per person that will be spent for a meal. A simple and clear map is also included in the pamphlet. Sure is one of the best pamphlets I’d ever gotten. And it is updated seasonally, so it won’t go outdated by the end of the year.
Anyways, back to Boke. Boke is a half self-service restaurant. You go in and order at the door. Then you get a wooden number plate that you bring to any table of your choice. When the food is ready, they will bring it to you.
The menu is very simple. Selection of ramen bowls and rice bowls, and your choice of add-ons. They have cute little side dishes, chinese style steam buns with a choice of your toppings. They are presented like mini tacos. We didn’t order any because I didn’t think that the price is reasonable. It is $8 for 3 mini buns… Over-priced in my opinion.
Oh yes.. When you are done, you pack your left over yourself as well..
My order was Caramelized Fennel Dashi Ramen Bowl. It is with Japanese eggplant, mushrooms and seasonal rice cakes. Slow poached egg is my add-on. The egg could be better than this one, but acceptable. I’m pretty easily satisfied. :P
I must confess. I’m a loser for eggplants. No matter how, I barely ever give a thumbs down to eggplants haha… Obvious enough this is a veggie dish. There isn’t much to say. The special ingredient in this dish is the Japanese rice cake.. I have no idea how this is made, but it when you bite on it, it is chewy, sticky and has a roasted tea taste. The outside is a bite hard, and inside is soft. But after a while it stays in the soup, it will obviously be soft in and out.. :)
Sav’s order is the Pork Dashi Ramen Bowl with slow smoked pulled pork. Pork belly is his add-on. The smoked pulled pork is the one on the left, and the add-on pork belly is on the right.
Sav said the noodles were fine, the soup, average. But he is so in love with the pork belly. No secret to our friends, he is in love with any kind of FAT just like how I am in love with eggplants. HAHA.. Well.. I trust him that it is not just the fat that he is in love with. He said the pork belly was soft and is rich in flavour. When we got back to Vancouver, he bought pork belly from the market and tries to make the same one they did.. That’s how much he loved it.. HAHA.. Of course, he failed.
My roomie got the tofu rice bowl, and she said it was really nice.
What I like about the restaurant is not just the food, but also the modern interior design of its space that includes a lot of fun. Can you figure what the stickers are trying to tell you? I especially adore the washabi sauce.. so cute.
And haha.. they give kid’s learners’ chopsticks. Too adorable!
The noodles and rice bowls ranges from $9-$15. Quite reasonable.
Boke have their special hours period call the Boke Bird Nights which is from 5pm-9:30pm every THURSDAY only. Bird nights serve Korean fried chicken additional to their regular menu. Ranges from $25-$50, depending on the portion of the chicken you order.
Reservations are recommended for parties of 6 and above.
Hours Mon-Wed 10:30am-3pm, Thurs-Sat 10:30am-9:30pm, Sun CLOSED