Ryan and Elena Roadhouse dream up Peter Cat, a Haruki Murakami-inspired Japanese jazz bar tucked inside their acclaimed omakase restaurant
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 27, 2018) – Over the past four years, Nodoguro has taken guests on a wild Japanese ride. What began as a roving dinner experiment, has become one of the country’s most exciting tasting menu experiences with all the fun and none of the pretense. To celebrate their four year anniversary, the Nodoguro team has dreamed up a limited time Japanese jazz bar pop-up inspired by and named for Huraki Murakami’s one time Tokyo jazz bar Peter Cat. Tucked inside Nodoguro’s existing space, the jazz bar will be an answer to Roadhouse’s more elevated engagements, providing an accessible way to experience Nodoguro. Tickets will provide guests with a cocktail and a custom bento box from Roadhouse, for a salon style evening with vinyl jazz echoing throughout. The treasures inside Peter Cat’s bento boxes will always evolve, and will include six different rotating cocktail snacks such as a salmon roe sandwich, sakekasuduck ham, and izakaya pork belly.
Lauded bartender and author Jacob Grier has developed Peter Cat’s cocktail program which will feature inventive cocktails and a selection of hard to find Japanese whiskies. Cocktails will include The Watanabe, Toki whisky, Vina AB sherry, Birkir birch snaps, The Rasputin, polugar wheat, Dolin blanc vermouth, centerba and a light and citrusy clarified milk punch called The Calpico Punch with Novo Fogo cachaca, Cocci Americano, yuzu, green tea, milk, and sugar. The month long pop-up will run 9:30pm to midnight Friday through Sunday, beginning with their launch on June 1 through June 23. The space will have a relaxed, lounge atmosphere with vinyl jazz. Tickets will be $45 per guest. Reservations will be required and available by visiting https://www.nodoguropdx.com/.
At Nodoguro, Roadhouse has flipped the script on Japanese cuisine, presenting a wild omakase experience with an intimate dinner party vibe, ingredients direct from Japan’s famed markets, and thoughtfully themed dinners that evolve monthly and roll with the seasons. Nodoguro features three different dining experiences, the first being a 13-course kappo cuisine tasting menu that ranges in theme, and is inspired by the Japanese 72-week calendar highlighting the very best ingredients of the moment. Then there is the Hardcore-Sushi 19-course omakase menu, and the limited SupaHardcore 25-course tasting experience featuring high quality and luxurious ingredients straight from Japan, such as A-5 beef, highly sought after Japanese fish, and some sushi. From sea cucumber to geoduck, Roadhouse is sourcing some of the rarest ingredients from Japan, found nowhere else in the United States.
Chef Roadhouse earned his culinary might training in Japan and at Denver’s acclaimed Sushi Den, before he made a splash at downtown Portland’s Masu. From what began as a roving culinary experiment, Nodoguro has evolved over the years from days of throwing playful pop-up parties with themes ranging from Twin Peaks to McDonalds to Harajuku culture, to transforming into one of the country’s most exciting tasting menu experiences. The husband and wife team, Ryan and Elena Roadhouse, work hand in hand to dream up the inventive Nodoguro concepts and dinners together. Elena Roadhouse, from the far east of Russia near the Sea of Japan, is a lawyer turned host and entrepreneur who keeps the magical Nodoguro world spinning with her creative artistry. Their combined attention to detail in every element from the food to decor, service to plates, is unmatched.
Nodoguro is a unique omakase restaurant in Portland, Oregon led by husband and wife team, Ryan and Elena Roadhouse. Inspired by Japanese craft cooking, the menu is designed for the adventurous and served in the setting of an intimate dinner party. Nodoguro features three different dining experiences, the first being a 13-course kappo cuisine tasting menu that ranges in theme, and is inspired by the Japanese 72-week calendar highlighting the very best ingredients of the moment. Then there is the Hardcore-Sushi 19-course omakase menu, and the limited SupaHardcore 25-course tasting experience featuring high quality and luxurious ingredients straight from Japan, such as A-5 beef, highly sought after Japanese fish, and some sushi. What began as a roving pop-up experience in 2014, has become one of the best tasting menu experiences in the country. Nodoguro has been named Portland Monthly’s Restaurant of the Year (2015), and Chef Ryan Roadhouse has been nominated for four James Beard awards (2015-2018), won Portland Monthly’s Rising Star Chef (2014) and was named one of Plate Magazine’s 30 Chefs to Watch. Chef Roadhouse was also prominently featured in Questlove’s Somethingtofoodabout.
Nodoguro is available by appointment only. You can sign up for Nodoguro’s email list for the once-a-month release of reservation times by visiting https://www.nodoguropdx.com/. Nodoguro is located at 2832 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214. Follow along at @thenodoguro on Instagram and Nodoguro PDX on Facebook.