On Saturday, November 19, 2011, 100 of Portland’s Elite rampaged their way through one of Bridge City’s newest Japanese eateries for Yelpzilla! A Wafu Elite Event! It was a toho-tally great time!
It may have been as cold as the summit of Mt. Fuji out on the streets of SE PDX, but the climate inside Wafu was definitely hot. Yelpers poured in the door at 3pm on the nose and were met with fantastic cocktails hand-crafted forged from Deco Distilling’s Silver Rum, Ginger Rum and Coffee Rum (who knew it went so well with coke?!). Christine D admits “the ginger rum drink blew me away.” Backing up withthe brew offerings, Ninkasi’s Total Domination and seasonal Sleigh’r ales were a total hit. As Sarah E notes, “the Ninkasi beer was a great pairing with the spicy food, and is my new favorite beer.” And it wouldn’t be a Japanese drinking fest without some Momokawa Organic Junmai Ginjo saké from Oregon’s own SakéOne. Heather M “LOVED the sake! It was smooth, a little sweet, and went well with the fried rice.”
Speaking of food, Wafu laid down some tasty snacks to pair with the King Ghidora-sized 1-2-3 punch of cocktails. Annelise K “loved the shrimp fried rice and the eggplant dish with that wicked good light sauce.” and Sarah E swears “the spicy garlic edamame was the best part of the afternoon. It was simply delicious and went PERFECTLY with the beer.” The kitchen kicked a nice bit of snacks out while the bartenders poured drinks as fast as they could. It was a feat to behold in that packed venue!
As Josh W attests, “it was good times at Wafu, it's always great to have a new place to try out, and this is a for sure place to come back and hit up.” I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of Kurt and Israel from Wafu; the saké love from Dewey and the folks at SakéOne; the beer-is-love kindness of Morgan from Ninkasi; the fantastic locally-made rum from Lenny and Augustina at Deco Distilling; that gorilla at the front door Matt D; and of course the Portland Elite Squad, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Until next time, SYOY!–Donzilla