Noraneko Ramen, Portland, OR
March 3, 2016
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Norneko Ramen is a somewhat hard to find, but tasty place in Portland. It’s by the people who started Biwa, and has some of the really delicious chicken karaage on the menu. The fried chicken is a definite recommend here. It has a lot of the Portland-hipster feel with nice wood, but something about the building makes you feel a bit like community college cafeteria. The people that worked there were super nice and friendly (lots of people who came in asked tons of questions), and that is true of some of the customers. However, some of the other customers we encountered on a fairly busy weekday at lunch were really obnoxious entitled acting hipster jerks, who were loud and rude about things like not wanting to wait, issues with getting the seats they wanted, etc. It was very different from a Japanese ramen-ya experience in that way.
The shio ramen you can see was very good, with delicious melt in your mouth chashu, great soft boiled egg and other add-ins. They also had a umeboshi soda (basically umeboshi with club soda and I assume some extra sugar), very delicious and highly recommended.
Overall, a definite recommend, but it is a seemingly odd part of town, and I don’t know what you’d be in the neighborhood to do other than going here, but it’s good enough to make it your destination reason for being there.