I usually take Foster home or travel 82nd, rarely going down Division. However, a while back my wife and I noticed Mojo Crepes. It was too cold and we were too stuffed to stop, but tonight after Minh's, we had both the parking space and the stomach space to justify a visit.
I'd never heard of Japanese crepes, but one look at the interior and I knew that's what we were in for.
We were the only customers when we came in (others came in as we ate). A couple of the guys behind the counter were battling it out on the Xbox, using wireless controllers.
The website explains their origin story:
Mojo, originally codename: MJ52 was the subject of a Japanese science experiment to develop a fast acting growth agent. The premises of the experiment was heavily based on “project: Godzilla” that occurred back in the 50’s.
The experiment was initially successful as Mojo stood over 100 feet tall. However through time, Mojo’s size shrank exponentially. With all out failure of the experiment, the scientists quickly and discreetly disposed of poor Mojo.
Miraculously though, Mojo survived and wandered the streets of Tokyo until finally finding refuge with a local crepe street vendor. There, he was introduced to the art of crepe making and learned everything about producing these wonderful tasty treats.
It wasn’t long until the evil scientists learned about Mojo’s existence. With fear of becoming captured, Mojo fled Japan and was washed onto the shores of the Oregon Coast…
There, he befriended two locals and began sharing the tales of a cone-shaped hand held crepe. The three realized what they had to do…
Open a crepe shop and share Mojo’s story to the world to exploit the evil scientists!
I talked to them. It's not a franchise or chain. It's just their re-visioning of a Japanese crepe cafe. Here's the menu:
all crepes come with whip cream & a pocky on top!
the mo: banana, vanilla ice cream, nutella - $4.75
the jo: strawberry, vanilla ice cream, nutella - $4.75
the mojo: strawberry, banana, vanilla ice cream, nutella - $5.25
berry-ba-licious: blueberry, banana, strawberry, cheesecake ice cream - $4.75
cinnamon delite: butter, cinnamon & sugar - $3.25
fudgin good: mandarin orange, death by chocolate ice cream, strawberry syrup - $4.75
green mango: mango, peach, green tea ice cream - $4.75
five-o: kiwi, strawberry, banana nut ice cream, nutella - $5.25
big show: banana, vanilla ice cream, nutella, caramel - $5.25
tokyo sundae: red bean paste, green tea ice cream - $4.25
the mutt: kiwi, banana, strawberry, cookies & cream ice cream - $5.25
A LA CARTE
empty: plain crepe with whip cream & pocky stick - $2.75
ice cream: single - $2.25, pair - $3.00, trips - $3.50, with plain crepe - $1.00
toppings: add toppings to crepe or ice cream - $.50 each
- fruit: banana, blueberries, kiwis, mandarin oranges, mangoes, peaches, strawberries
- wet: blackberry syrup, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, nutella, red bean paste, strawberry syrup
We ordered a special, the Jean's Flambe, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, sugar, caramel, and bananas.
Crepes are made to order. Fruits are sliced to order. It's all assembled before your eyes. I didn't get a video, but their twitter account linked to a couple videos of other places doing the Japanese crepe thing:
That's a pretty elaborate version, but many of the choices at Mojo aren't much less involved.
Think of it like an ice cream cone, the waffle substituted with a crepe. It's not as efficient a vehicle for delivering ice cream to your mouth, too soft, but much more effective as a holistic dessert. It's not about the ice cream. It's not about the crepe. And it's certainly not about the whipped cream or syrup. It's about the whole thing being able to be stuffed into your mouth. I didn't get a sense that any of the parts were especially good, but the whole thing was darn tasty. The one we got was like bananas foster without the booze. The flimsy spoons are useless, but once you get a couple bites into the ice cream, the whole thing smashes into a munchable crepe.
Fun place. I often complain about how there's nowhere for ice cream or even a good dessert along 82nd, so I bet we'll be back. It's 2 1/2 miles each way from my house. If I ride my bike each way, can I assume that I've burned as many calories as I'll consume?
8409 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266