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“Top quality Japanese bento”
Review of chef naoko bento cafe - CLOSED

chef naoko bento cafe
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Kept seeing this place mentioned as one of the top restaurants in Portland and decided to give it a try. Small place with about 18 seats or so serving an assortment of bento -- salmon, chicken, pork, tofu. Super high quality locally sourced ingredients with a list of farms and providers posted on the wall.
I was there for lunch and had a tonkatsu bento for $15. A perfectly cooked, ultra crispy and completely grease free panko fried Carlton Pork loin cutlet. Came with rice, salad, tofu, greens, and sauce for dipping. Very delicious. Dining companion had the Salmon and Shiitake Mushroom Miso Bento. I will return soon.
Small signs on each table note that Chef Naoko caters the first class flights from PDX to Tokyo.

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1  Thank jpora
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

We were in Portland over Memorial Day weekend 2016, staying at the Hotel Modera. We found Chef Naoko on Yelp and walked a few blocks over to have lunch.

What a surprise. Our idea of "bento" was tempura and some meat with teriyaki sauce, but this restaurant is something much different and much, much better. Each dish was beautifully precise and delicious. It was so good that we came back again the next day to try it again.

I now see that Naoko is moving into a bigger and much more modern space soon. If the quality of the food is as good, it'll be spectacular. What a great experience!

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Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

When I travel on business I like eating Japanese, and especially chicken teriyaki bento boxes. This place had one of the nicest I've had in a while. The ingredients were all fresh and good quality and the sriracha sauce was the best I've ever had. Will go back if I'm in the area.

Thank snowkoan
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Reviewed 19 December 2015

Had the ginger salmon bento box for lunch. The combination is very nice and portion is quite good. Being a very very healthy place, I couldn't get just white rice, but having mixed was not that big a deal. It's just that sometime a nice bowl of unashamed steamed white rice is just the perfect food, even by itself! I am a rice fan and I love a place with high quality rice :)
The flavor was mild and pleasant. The meal didn't leave me feeling parched like most restaurants do. I understand that all good things take time, but if you are there on your lunch break, watch out... it will take a full hour, unless you inhale your food. I would go back and try the cod, better if they would have a non-fried version.

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Thank Kingston D
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Exceptionally fresh and local ingredients, menu is mostly bento boxes. Menu constantly changes to reflect market conditions. Tiny interior; excellent service every time. Close to Portland Art Museum. We go often for lunch but they are now open also at dinnertime.

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