Thursday, November 25, 2010


Portland, November 24, 2010—
A BIG BIRTHDAY today — Fran's 18th — so the whole family went out to dinner. Japanese food is not to my personal taste, but everything I tasted was absolutely delicious (and, what is more, clean and good), and here is what I tasted:
yukke: beef tartare with raw quail egg
mixed seaweeds lightly dressed
korokke: curried pork and potato croquette
gyoza: pork dumplings
bacon chahan: fried rice with bacon
kimchi kara-age: breaded, deep-fried kimchi
grilled hanger steak
Ginger gimlet; house Chardonnay
Biwa, 215 SE 9th Avenue, Portland; tel. 503.239.8830

DESSERT, OF COURSE, was a delicious Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting from David Lebovitz/s Ready for Dessert, made by one of the best bakers I know, Giovanna Zivny.

I think it may be time to start another list, tagged Hundred Restaurants. Biwa would certainly qualify.

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