this was seriously the most disgusting food i've eaten in a long time.
i ordered the tofu curry and it wasn't even curry. it was gravy made of some sort of thickening agent and salt. soooooo gross. and it had these strange little crunchy things in it. i would never eat here again unless i wanted to play a mean joke on someone.
NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL.
I've been frequenting HB for, oh, 15 years or so. If I recall correctly, they were the first bento shop in Portland, and trendsetters. Unfortunately, I'm set in my ways, and haven't ordered much other than a chicken bowl in a long time. I need to fix that. Service at HB is amazing--you will not get faster anywhere, especially if you go a little early. The usual meal is a bowl of white or brown rice topped with veggies and your choice of several meats, including chicken, teriyaki beef, and gyoza. The person at the counter is unfailingly friendly, and you'd be surprised how important that is. Copies of local free newspapers are on the bar near the window, and long tables allow room to read if it isn't busy.
The food is solidly yummy, and very consistent from day to day. Year to year, in fact. The only change I've noticed is the hom bau (steamed bun with filling) has become a little too sweet for my taste.
It pleases me that Happy Bowl has been there from the