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Apr 29, 2014 02:18 PM

When a restaurant is not a restaurant (?)

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  1. I can't remember the last time I read about a place that made my heart skip a beat. Nothing to do with the words on the page, but the soul of the establishment that earned them. Frankly, I'm smitten.

    Seriously? A dark bar where drinking is clearly the priority, that has tasty, interesting food, without a menu, served course after unrelenting course, at prices that are more than reasonable, with kooky Japanese stripper movies as eye-candy, NO CHILDREN ALLOWED! Does it get better? If someone told me that they also had a cellular/wifi blocker, I'd move into the apartment next door. (I wonder if they need a "Norm"?)

    Thanks, lingua. I always figured Kesey was the only sincerely cool thing about Oregon, but a place like this changes things. Maybe there's hope for Portland. You've gotta want to be there for the clashes with the "Dad rock", aging hipster crowd, when they start talking dietary restrictions or how "mature" their twelve year old is . . . .

    1. Sounds like a smart way to have an adults only establishment w/out raising the ire of parents who want to bring their children to a restaurant. I can see that happening w/ tasting menus. Wines w/ food pairings.

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      1. re: chowser

        I'm growing more and more enamored with the idea of a place doing a "drinks with a food pairing" menu. Be really cool if it involved changes in the booze for each course too - rum, them tequila, then beer, or whatever.

        1. re: MGZ

          My friend went to a place that had a special menu one night designed around beers from a new local brewery, instead of the other way around. He said it was excellent. I love the idea of having different types of drinks per course, too. Being a lightweight, I'd be out in two course and a 21 course tasting menu would need to come w/ a cot.

      2. Sounds like an izakaya that does mostly omakase, run by a talented weird lady. Definitely a restaurant, though, as far as I'm concerned.

        1. Ohmygoodness! Tanuki!!! Food is seriously good here. But I understand why she calls it a bar that serves food. It's definitely not a place to take kids.