Wa Kitchen Kuu — Kuu for short — is now serving Japanese plates for lunch and weekend breakfast at 125 NE MLK (next door to surfer-hang Cosube). Quietly opening October 26, Kuu is sister restaurant to Shigezo Izakaya, Yataimura Maru, Kichinto Izakaya.
Speaking with Eater, Kuu co-owner and executive chef Yasuharu Nojiri says he took over all four of the restaurants from Tokyo-based TKS Group in July 2017. And though Kuu shares the traditional Japanese design of its sister locations, the restaurant brings many new dishes.
Kuu will mostly veer away from izakaya and sushi. Lunch focuses on a handful of udon and soba noodle bowls and six rice dishes, from poke to curry. Half portions cost $6 (see the full menus below).
There’s also a full bar, including lots of saké. Weekend breakfast serves Japanese-style tea, coffee, cakes, and pastries.
Nojiri expects dinner to begin in December, after he’s received enough customer feedback to gauge what’s right for the rapidly evolving neighborhood. He says Kuu is shaping up to be more of a sit-down Japanese restaurant featuring Japanese-style entrees.
Until dinner rolls out, Kuu’s hours are Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Here are photos of the immaculate design, followed by Kuu’s lunchtime menus:
- Kuu [Official Facebook]
- Japanese Restaurant Group Announces New Restaurant Near Burnside Bridgehead [EPDX]
- All Previous Kuu Coverage [EPDX]