Boke Bowl's westside location offers a Cantonese-style Dim Sum brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Portlanders love brunch.
Know what else we love? Dim sum.
Boke Bowl's westside location offers a dim sum brunch featuring a deliciously dizzying array of Cantonese-style small plates that you can enjoy by table side push cart service. Many of the dishes are vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free (yay!), but don't worry hardcore carnivores: there is plenty here for you, too!
Dim Sum brunch
I'm going to jump right into the food because let's be honest: that's why you're here! To see the food. So let's get to it, because there's a LOT of it.
Pork and cabbage pot stickers. I could have eaten 20 of these.
Har Gow (a traditional Cantonese dumpling) - shrimp and pea shoot. Oh my word, I LOVED these!
Tofu skin rolls were packed with veggies (mushrooms, spinach, and other flavorful veggies).
The pic above includes Boke Bowl's insane(ly good) Bloody Marys, Sui Mai, Lotus Wraps, and Banana Leaf Sweet Rice w/Honey and Jacobsen Sea Salt.
Above and below are the gluten-free rice noodles, which are available in pork (pictured above), veggie, and shrimp (pictured below)
The shrimp rice noodles were one of my favorite dishes of this dim sum brunch. The noodles were cooked perfectly, the shrimp was delicately seasoned, and the sauce added the final trifecta of tastebud heaven.
Chinese Greens with Oyster Sauce
Tapioca & Mung Bean Fritters with gochujang mayo
Black bean "spare ribs" - a fantastic vegan and gluten-free take on traditional spare ribs!
Sesame Balls with red bean paste
Bee Local Honey tart. SO delicious! Order two. Trust me.
About Boke Bowl
Boke Bowl started as a monthly pop-up in 2010. The following year, they opened up a traditional ramen shop in Portland's east side industrial district. I remember the first time I went there: I was overwhelmed by choices and the kind woman behind the counter was so helpful.
And then I had their ramen. It was love at first bite.
Their ramen is made with handmade noodles and slowly simmered dashis, and it is delicious. Boke Bowk is a great place to take a group of friends because the menu includes options for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and many of their dishes are gluten-free and dairy-free as well. Something for everyone!
The west side location is larger (or at least, it feels like it) and much more light-filled. It's also the only location that serves the dim sum brunch. Located right at NW 18th and Northrup, it's easy to get to using public transportation and I've never had trouble finding street parking close by.
WESTSIDE (Dim Sum Brunch is only at this location currently)
1200 NW 18th
1028 NE Water Ave
HOURS FOR BOTH LOCATIONS:
Monday - Sunday 11am - 9pm
Bonus photo: bloggers doing what we do. I love these crazy fun Portland food & drink bloggers!
Many thanks to Boke Bowl for the complimentary delicious bites shown here. I enjoyed this meal at a complimentary media event, but readers, you know the drill: all opinions and photos are my own. I only write about it if I enjoy it and think that many of you will, too!
Peter Korchnak says
Boke Bowl Westside is in my neighborhood. I've gone twice, ramen failed to impress on both occasions. Perhaps the dim sum brunch is the way to do, looks fantastic. Free is a good price, too :-)
For me the winning order there is to definitely get their fried chicken topped bloody mary :)
this makes me miss portland so bad! i was there in march and the food was amazing! as was the city. this food is literally mouth watering. i cannot wait to go back and try it out!
This both makes me really want brunch and really want dim sum!
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
It ALL looks so good!!! Where to start... I'll definitely need to check out their NW location soon.
I LOVEEEE DIMSUM! The best dimsum Ive had is in London but this looks soooo good too!
Love it! I'm always looking for a reason to drive down to Portland, and that reason is usually food. Will definitely be trying Boke Bowl soon!
Oh my gosh, every single thing looks so good! I haven't been to Boke Bowl in what feels like forever. I forget how great it is. And you're right, it's so great for a group with the variety of options. Also great for picky kiddos for the same reason :)
This looks and sounds amazing! We have family in Oregon, so we'll have to come here next time we're in town!