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#41 katez0r

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 08:15 AM

We also enjoyed trying some new-to-us herbs, and flavors.





Do you know if they have fresh shiso?


I looked it up, and we did have shiso with the skewers. She serves the skewers with a delicious little herb salad.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:13 PM

Had a friend in town and we did a little noshing around town and included Tanuki. Hard to limit the ordering. We got the boar skewers, the soba, rafutei ssam, soba, and sashimi. All was terrific again.

The menu had changed up. No andasu. She was doing a benedict: "yoshuku bedict...Grilled Ken's bread, salmon sashimi, dashi poached egg, miso hollandaise...7." Had a taste of the hollandaise on Ken's bread. Decadent to say the least. Like a miso flavored cheese sauce or something. Very plate lickable. Also had a curry rice dish on the menu for $8.

A friend had gone in earlier on my rec and ordered the rafutei ssam and loved it. I think that dish is the killer app...er...entree. I haven't talked to anyone yet who hasn't loved it. Maybe someone who likes really mild, subtle flavors will find it too bold. Because it's all about the balance of bold flavors. Terrific. I hope that never disappears from the menu. I'll get it every time I go and it's rare that I do that.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:41 PM

Anyone have the hours for dinner? Thinking of going there next Tuesday, but not sure if they open after 8:00 pm.


Thx,
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 06:35 PM

killer app...er...entree


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Posted 29 March 2008 - 06:39 PM

Oops my edit so did not work...

During soft opening we close the kitchen at 9... so if you're in by 8:50 or so you're golden.... unless we run out of food... not a huge problem but freshness is key to me and business is still up and down (we got an early lunch slam today and I had to change the menu for dinner).

Re: rafutei...
It will remain in varying forms... with the condiments changing with what I find and what I grow... for those unfamiliar w/rafutei it is Okinawan of Korean influence.. and the condiments are not unlike panchan... limitless potential.

In a few weeks though I will probably switch the cut of pork from belly to cheek though... as it will go better with the stuff coming in season.

Thanks for all the feedback everyone...
...I am really enjoying this "soft opening" phase and having the opportunity to serve my customers personally. While it can't last as a one man band forever I am hoping to be the place for people who want an unhurried old school aka chochin experience. Thanks for the support.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:59 PM


Anyone have the hours for dinner? Thinking of going there next Tuesday, but not sure if they open after 8:00 pm.


Thx,
Ellen


For now, Tue-Sat noon-9...expanded hrs to come w/ liquor license (yay!)


Thx, I hurry my a** up and come in on Tuesday night. F*** mopping the floor he he he he he!

Cheers,
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Posted 30 March 2008 - 09:11 PM

Hi All,
I want to visit Tanuki this Tuesday, I will do my best to get there no later than 8:15 pm (my shop close at 7:30 pm). Anyone interested? Please see discussion of Tanuki at link below.

http://portlandfood....s...ost&p=83646


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Posted 31 March 2008 - 12:01 AM

Don't know my schedule yet, but I might.

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:50 AM

I might, too!

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 01:56 PM

Could someone please tell me many skewers to an order, or perhaps a better question would be how many orders to a meal?

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 02:12 PM

Could someone please tell me many skewers to an order, or perhaps a better question would be how many orders to a meal?


Two small skewers. For me, two orders would be a meal. The herb salad they come with is really excellent as well, along with the few different sauces served. so good.

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:45 PM

I also might!

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:34 AM

Could someone please tell me many skewers to an order, or perhaps a better question would be how many orders to a meal?


Since either myself or my business partner will be serving you we are happy to give guidance in portions. We have a couple things that are quite large and filling (rafutei, soba) and the rest are meant as smaller share style plates. Plus the experience lends itself to ordering as you go...
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:58 AM

EDIT: Jeff and I will be there by 8:15. We're going to grab a drink first at M Bar if anyone wants to join us. We'll be at M Bar (next door) at, like, 7 ish.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:16 PM

See you, Angelhair and Mr. Hair there tonight at 8:15 pm, hope I find parking. ExtraMSG, LC and Twitch, hope to see you'all there too.


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Posted 01 April 2008 - 02:57 PM

I'm not gonna make it, sorry guys.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:57 PM

Oh yeah, take pics please :lol:

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:09 PM

Have to catch ya next time, I was in a mac-n-cheese mood. :P

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:19 AM

Oh, I don't think anyone took pics. I really liked Tanuki. Great menu. I'll leave it to Nick to detail what we ordered. But my favorites were the sashimi (specifically the scallop) and the pot-roasty wrap thingy.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:21 AM

Oh, I don't think anyone took pics. I really liked Tanuki. Great menu. I'll leave it to Nick to detail what we ordered. But my favorites were the sashimi (specifically the scallop) and the pot-roasty wrap thingy.


The wrap thingy was called "Rafutei ssam… Okinawan awamori braised pork belly with chive crepes & lettuce for wrapping served w/pickles and condiments…12 platter or single ssam…5"

The boar skewers were also pretty good.

I also want to add that we seriously feasted, I mean we ate a ton, and it came out to like $20 per person.