Yakitori is now served at Pai Men Miyake.

Planned a “catch up” dinner with my pal A. from Portland Food Map last night and his suggestion of Pai Men Miyake proved inspired.

It was the restaurant’s first night serving Yakitori (A. swears he didn’t know!) and we happily gnawed away on charred crisp bits of Kawa (chicken skin), Reba (chicken liver) and pork intestine.

Yakitori literally means “grilled chicken,” but refers generally to skewered meats cooked on a skinny open-flame grill just wide enough to char the meat without setting the wood skewers aflame.

Pai Men offers quite a lengthy list of chicken, duck, pork and beef yakitori. More than 15 skewer choices ranging in price from $2.00 to $7.00. Only wish I’d had the presence of mind to snap a shot of the menu!

On this first visit, our favorite was the chicken liver — which rivals the stunning preparation at Emilitsa in that “close your eyes and imagine yourself hand fed by a Persian prince” kinda way.  All three choices, however, were rich, oily and pungent. The way animal parts and innards should be.

A great addition to solid restaurant that keeps getting better and better. I’m looking forward to trying the beef tongue skewer next.