Kaneko Cafe is located on Mill St. SE, just across from the Mission Mill Museum (Willamette Heritage Center) and near Willamette University. It's in the Kaneko Commons building, which houses Willamette University students.
|Cafe is inside Kaneko Commons|
|Students figuring out what to eat at Kaneko Cafe|
Anyway, fast forward to 2012, and again, Portland kept luring me away with its zillion food carts. Kaneko was close by my place, so not hard to stop in once, right? Wrong-o!
I literally forced my rear to walk to Kaneko's cafe on a chilly day. What the...a build your own donburi bar? A few cooks in there to make these Asian-inspired wraps, burgers, and noodle dishes? Argh, just the cure I needed!
I went with a small donburi combo of white rice, smoked salmon, cabbage, broccoli, and some sesame/soy sauce blend ($2.75). The flavors just freakin' work. No eloquent way to put it this time. This was like...happy panda squared. Adding some takuwan helped with the presentation. Just like something I could get back home. Nothing like some nostalgia for a change....
|Smoked salmon, white rice, cabbage, broccoli, furikake, takuwan, and sesame-soy sauce|
|Chicken Yakisoba Stir Fry|
Anyway, Kaneko Cafe gets a major thumbs up at this point. They appear to have different menu items from time to time, so I'll have to get another visit in.