This weekend my wife and I had a rare opportunity to actually go out to dinner without kids! In North Portland there is a Japanese restaurant that has been on my to do list for a long time. I had a gut feeling it was not a place I would want to take the boys so when we had a couple of hours of freedom we jumped on it and headed over to Miho Izakaya.
Before I get to the food, let me start with the bad. It is not a real Izakaya restaurant. A traditional Izakaya is a japanese drinking establishment centered around a grill. The chef skweres various meats and grills the meat over the charcoal. Food is served small plate style like a tapas bar. By invoking the name Izakaya, Miho is conveying that it is a essentially a Japanese tapas bar. Now, on to the food (which was spectacular). And sorry for the poor pictures the lighting was not great.
We started dinner with cocktails and a couple of starter plates. My wife had the seaweed salad and I had miso soup. My wife says the seaweed salad was delicious. The Miso soup was good, but tasted like miso so nothing extraordinary.
Next up, we ordered a Mussels, and Calamari Salad. Both were phenomenal. The mussels tasted fresh so I was surprised to hear they were from New Zealand. I’m not sure what the sauce was but it was very good and complimented the ocean flavor of the mussels.
As for the calamari salad, I’m not sure what to say other than it was the highlight of my dinner. It was honest to goodness the best salad I have ever had. I understand how silly that sounds since I am talking about a salad, but it was damn good.
Next up was the main course, a huge bowl of Pork Ramen. We debated between this and the Ahi Poke, but my wife really wanted the ramen. She had it for the first time in Hawaii and I think she has been craving some since our return.
The broth I believe was a pork broth to go along with the thin slices of pork in the bowl. The noodles soaked in all that flavor and were excellent. I’ve been trying various Ramen places in Portland and I would put this bowl of ramen up against the popular Ramen joints in town.
Everything was so delicious we decided to stay for dessert and ordered a chocolate cake.
The cake looks amazing and tastes even better. Just like everything we ate at Miho Izakaya it was spectacular.
The cocktails were also very good. I had a gin cocktail and a bourbon cocktail. My wife had a couple of tequila cocktails. Again, spectacular (I feel like a broken record). Our meal at Miho Izakaya was one of the more satisfying meals we have had a in long time. Every bite was amazing and best of all no kids! I highly recommend you check this place out.by