Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak’s new eatery could be the start of a glamping restaurant trend.

Takibi Dining Room
AJ Meeker and Ashley Marti

We’re professed fans of Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak. With minimalist aesthetics and a subdued color palette, the brand’s collection of apparel, cooking equipment, tents, and other outdoor gear is both elegantly technical and just darned good-looking.

When we found out they were opening Takibi, at their United States headquarters in Portland, we started researching flights to PDX. 

Takibi Tofu Doughnuts
Tofu doughnuts with apple compote and kuromitsu syrup

AJ Meeker and Ashley Marti

While the space, designed by local architecture firm Skylab, is meant to evoke the feeling of camping (a wood-fired hearth, airy wide-open spaces, abundant exposed wood, folding camp chairs, and tables on the patio), the results are anything but theme-y. That wood-fired hearth turns out Japanese-influenced dishes like grilled miso-marinated trout and koji-cured amberjack from kaiseki-trained chef Alex Kim. The beautiful, expertly made cocktails are from the godfather of the modern speakeasy, Jim Meehan. If this is the start of a glamping restaurant trend, we’ll drink to that. 

Rose City Cocktail
The Rose City cocktail is made with cherry matsuke brandy and red currant preserves

AJ Meeker and Ashley Marti

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