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Look Inside Noraneko, Biwa's Ramen-ya Spinoff

Late night ramen at the base of the Hawthorne bridge.

The duo responsible for kicking off Portland's ramen obsession eight years ago have opened the doors to their dedicated ramen shop. On Sunday, Gabe Rosen and Kina Voelz of Biwa launched Noraneko, their 30-seat spinoff dedicated to the traditional Japanese ramen-ya experience.

The small menu is tightly focused on just a few varieties of ramen — shio, shoyu, miso, and vegetarian — with specially selected noodles from cult-favorite Sun Noodle. Pan-fried and boiled gyoza, Japanese fried chicken, and a chopped seasonal salad round out the non-soup options. The drink menu, meanwhile, ranges far and wide, from fresh-pressed juices and house-made sodas, to sake, wine, beer and more than a dozen classic cocktails.

For now, the restaurant's hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. In April, they'll add their late-night hours, staying open until 2 a.m. daily.

Noraneko: 1430 S.E. Water Ave., 503-238-6356

Biwa

215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (503) 239-8830 Visit Website

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