Yatai are casual, portable indoor/ outdoor restaurants in Japan... kind of like food carts but with the service and charm of a restaurant. Even though they collapse down to a size that can actually be rolled away on foot or by bike, yatai offer the experience of stepping under a curtain from the outside and into a private space. Yatai are predominately nighttime places offering simple food and drink; ramen or udon, yakitori, etc, and are more common in some cities than others.
Since opening our own yatai, Kotori, on the corner of SE 9th and Pine, we have been thinking a lot about these ephemeral almost-restaurants. Below are some old pictures that Kina and Gabe took on a trip to Fukuoka, one of the most famous places for yatai, that we thought you all might like...
Below is our menu at Kotori for this week (... there may be some small changes but...).
Last week was a lot of fun and the yakitori was really delicious... I think this week will probably be even better. We hope you can come join us Thursday - Sunday from 4:PM until sunset.
This is such an exciting week for all of us… on Sunday it is going to be our eighth birthday at Biwa AND our little sister restaurant, Noraneko, is opening!
With everything that is going on this week at Noraneko we can’t help but remember back eight years ago to the nervous excitement and unsteady breathing of our first days at Biwa… it is amazing how far we have come and how much work goes into building a restaurant.
We made hamburgers for our first birthday, in 2008, because it seemed like a fun way for all of us to celebrate our first year together and this has since become our tradition. This year, like in years past, we will be serving the only-discussed-in-hushed-tones Biwa Hamburger all night long on Sunday the 15th!
Noraneko, our beautiful brand new ramen shop (thank you Constructive Form!!!), will open at noon on Sunday and will be open every day from noon until 10:PM. In April, once we get on our feet a little, we will start serving until 2:AM. We hope you will please come try us out and meet our new team!
Hope you are well and thanks so much for all of your support!
Gabe, Kina & everyone at Biwa AND Noraneko ^..^
Welcome to your new neighborhood snacking/drinking/having fun mom & pop izakaya, “MommaPoppa” for one night only (January 31st!) at Davenport.
Kina & Gabe and Ed & Zak (the opening team at our soon-to-be new ramen shop, Noraneko) are the mom & pops and they are so excited to drink big glasses of sake and frosty beers with you, sing songs and cook some of their favorite home away from home-style izakaya snacky-foods.
MommaPoppa is a one-night-only “pop-up” at Davenport (we hear KG is going back to the quad-cities for a little vacation…) (2215 E. Burnside) from 4:00 – 10:00.… nō reservations.
turnip salad 8
goya champaru 8
grilled oysters 5
half-dried sand dabs 13
T- bone pork chop 15
cauliflower steak, curry gravy 10
crab and corn korokke 9
niku jaga 10
Hokkaido cream stew 10
tsukune ankake 8
We are pleased beyond belief about the coming New Year’s Eve but this year we are even more excited than usual because Dan had (what we all think is) such a great idea…
Please celebrate with us the way folks do in Japan… sharing a hotpot dinner of delicacies with friends and family, replete with sake and sashimi, conviviality and all of the other trappings of memories and a wonderful night together.
This is going to be so much fun, we promise!
… in celebration of a new year
sashimi and osechi ryori …….
…we’ll begin with our nice (the best?) selection of sashimi, raw bar, big feelings and traditional japanese new year’s foods to revel in together…
…and then a cascading abundance of delicious things (lovingly chosen meats, vegetables, fishes, noodles, oddities, delights) that you cook yourself (with our help) at the table in great soup…
…and finally the simple and beautiful dessert of toasted mochi, fruits and ices. instagram…
$65/ person dinner
$35/ person extravagant drink pairing
Vegetarians, vegans, the gluten intolerant, etcetera can almost certainly be accommodated… Please ask!
Reservations are required (Please call us at 503.239.8830 or ask your server!) and will be secured with a credit card.
Thank you so much!!!!!