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chef naoko bento cafe

1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR (Old Town - Chinatown)
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Ranked #752 of 3,555 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Old Town - Chinatown
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Neighborhood: Old Town - Chinatown
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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367 reviews 367 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There is something about a bento box that draws me to them. May be it is the box, may it is a bit of this, a bit of that. According to Wiki, "Bento" originates from the Southern Song Dynasty slang term 便當 (pinyin: biàndāng), meaning "convenient" or "convenience." When imported to Japan, it was written with the ateji 便道, 辨道,... More

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Marrakech, Morocco
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

The best Broth ever in an udon soup. all seasonal and so Über fresh, local and with an eye to organic sources. It shows in the flavor and the care of service.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Chef Naoko has changed her restaurant format for the better - now serving dinner in addition to the lunch menu. The bento reference to the name of this restaurant is off - this is pure authentic Japanese food, not the bento you get at corner shops in the US. Chef Naoko adds an incredible combination of flavors to great local... More

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San Diego, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Got the Farmer's Chicken Bento and the Atsushi Bowl. Also got miso soups and Japanese tea as well; very small casual place with a little outdoor seating out front. Excellent service!

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Portland, Oregon
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

We were downtown and found this great place. The Jefferson Bowl was a delicious meal. My wife had the Farmers Veggie Bento and loved that also. Highly recommended.

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