Japanese cuisine (and culture) would not be as prevalent as it is today in Portland
without the work of Gabe Rosen, who led the way in opening izakayas (Biwa), late-night ramen shops (Noraneko), and now Giraffe, his own version of a beloved Japanese convenience store. Giraffe is parked inside of Cargo, a 2,000-square-foot home furnishings store in Inner Southeast Portland, where, coincidentally, most of the city’s high-end furniture stores, and Rosen’s other projects, are located. Rosen curated the items in Giraffe with the stuff you’d expect to find at a Lawson’s in Shibuya. Guests who walk in are greeted by a deli case of sandwiches, including egg salad and tonkotsu; an impressive spread of chips and sweets; and yes, drinks like Pocari Sweat.