Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Monday, March 2, 2015

There is a Place Behind the Museum

And it's actually quite nice.

Of all the Japanese restaurants I have been to in the US, the one that most reminds me of coffee shops and cafes in Tokyo is this one. Behind the Museum Cafe', which is actually behind a museum. The Portland Art Museum to be exact.

Inside it's not just a cafe but also a shop for Japanese wares which gracefully decorate the walls.

Large chests to small trinkets that are constantly changing as things sell.

On the walls are art from different people. The hall way to the rest rooms serves as a small gallery so be sure to take a look.

Of course one wants to sit down and have something to drink and eat. A tofu and egg salad sandwich perhaps?

Or iced green tea with assorted appetizers also known as otsumami.

Of course they offer sweets if you want something like that to go with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Like this fruit and sweet potato tart or perhaps their very popular matcha parfait in the summer.

There is a matcha brownie and many other choices on their menu.

But the highlight has to be this.
Matcha with a delightful seasonal omanju hand made by Tomoe who also makes Nodoguro's omanju.

The matcha is served Ryurei style which is prepared as a tea ceremony and then served at your table.

Some of these omanju are too pretty to eat. Thankfully I remembered to bring my camera.

Behind the Museum is one of my favorite places in Portland. Their website is here and their Facebook page is here.

They are located at 1229 SW 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 which is the street just west of the Portland Art Museum.


  1. I need to go here!!

    1. You should, it's rather relaxing too. Let me know if you want to meet up sometime there.