Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Restaurant Rambling: Shigezo

After the cold subarctic temperatures, the rain came. It rained and rained and rained. We ended February 2011 with a new February record with well over 4 inches of rain. The last record was 11 years ago. The crazy thing is, most of the rain fell in just a 48 hour period. Despite the rain, I decided to splash through rain puddles in Portland for a hot bowl of ramen.

I was craving ramen. Portland, I'm sad to say doesn't have really good ramen joints. We have some "eh, okay" ramen but no "oh, that's awesome" ramen. I was on the search. I had heard Shigezo had ramen. I went to check it out.

Shigezo is a ikazaya restaurant. They serve Japanese "pub fare". I went during lunch. They have 3 ramens on their lunch menu: tanmen, shoyu ramen & abu ramen. They also had a special that was nabeyaki udon Korean style. That sounded delicious. I *heart* nabeyaki udon. However, I didn't let it distract me on today's mission. Mission: "must have ramen".

I decided on the shoyu ramen. The broth was okay. I'm not a shoyu ramen critic or anything. Truth being said, my favorite is miso ramen. But the broth was good. The noodles were very tasty. It was just the right chewiness to make it good. The cha sui or roasted pork was heavenly. I was just very disappointed that there was just 1 thick piece. It looked very lonely and pitiful all by itself. It needed more pork friends in the bowl. I added a soft boiled egg to my soup. Delicious!! It hit the spot on a horribly rainy Portland day!

Shigezo has decent ramen. It's definitely one of the better ones I've had in Portland. I peeked at the dinner menu and they have miso ramen at dinner. SCORE!! I'll be back Shigezo! Maybe I'll also be back for the Korean nabeyaki udon. YUM!!

910 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR
ph: (503) 688-5202


meemsnyc said...

I love ramen, it's my comfort food. When I'm in the mood for it, sometimes I substitute Udon noodles for more substance.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

what a good way to warm up during cool weather. ramen oishisou...

takaeko said...

Actually I'm a mania of ramens.
I make a point for visiting local ramen shops when I have a trip in Japan.
I love tonkotsu ( pig feet broth ) ramen.