It's been a wonderful 5 years, but it's time for us to part ways. We will be closing our doors and Sunday, Oct. 22nd will be our last day open. We feel so blessed to have been part of this awesome community, and goodbyes are never easy. Fortunately, there is good news. The restaurant is not changing management and will be reopening soon with a new concept and menu. Hopefully we will see you again. Until then, farewell! (And come visit us while you can!)
We've been working on an exciting new venture. Turns out, we love making ramen and we wanted to branch out from the central Portland area. Our newest restaurant, Nama Ramen, will be located in Sellwood (near Saburos Sushi, Jade Bistro Teahouse, and Tea Chai Te) and our soft opening is on Sept. 5th! Our menu includes pork broth ramen, poke, and a simple selection of izakaya items.
Check out the website at www.namaramenpdx.com. We will be serving $5 bowls of ramen for our soft opening special!
Samurai Blue and Akasaru Ramen were both broken into on the morning of June 22nd. As a member of our thriving food-loving community, it breaks our hearts that other small businesses similar to ours have suffered the same incident. It seems like there is a new incident of vandalism every week, and there's nothing we can really do but support one another. Luckily, nobody was hurt and there was only a small amount of cash in the till. However, the cost we had to pay (out of pocket!) for the broken windows was still sort of a downer- especially for a local small business. We are still thankful to be able to provide awesome food and an awesome space for the community we love. A big thank you to our community for the love and support over these past 5 years!
We've also worked to streamline our menu recently. Pictured above is the omakase set, "Trust." Please feel free to send us a message and let us know how we're doing. Or better yet, tag us in your Instagram photos! We value feedback and want to listen to you!
Recently, we've learned about a cool app in town called Validated, where you can eat at your favorite restaurants and simultaneously earn credit to help pay for your transportation. Whether you drive (and pay for parking stubs), take an Uber or Lyft, take public transportation, (etc.) Validated can help account for those small transportation costs that can really add up!
All you have to do is scan your receipt, hit a spending target, and get credit to pay for your transportation! So naturally, we wanted to get in on this, because who doesn't want free transportation? Our sister restaurant, Akasaru Ramen, is also available on the app.
Hope you guys enjoy playing around with the app! If you have any feedback about Validated, feel free to let us know in the comments!
In celebration of the coming Spring, we got a little creative in the kitchen. We've created a beautiful new roll, but decided to release it exclusively online and on social media, to show our fans some love. If you order the "Japonesa" roll, you'll get: cucumber, avocado, and SEARED ALBACORE (YUM) on the inside, and wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, jalapeno, and microgreens on top with yuzu kosho ponzu sauce. Frankly, it's amazing.
You'll have to hurry if you want to try it- the JAPONESA will only be available until the end of March. It's not on our menu either, so you'll have to order it by name!
As a bonus, we are taking $1 off the JAPONESA for every 100 likes we receive on our Instagram post (pictured above). You can access the post here, or find us @SamuraiBluePDX. Please be sure to show the Instagram post to your server so they can deduct the appropriate amount of dollars from the roll! If the post reaches 1500 likes, the roll will be FREE! Good luck!