Planned to go to Pei Men Miyake with a friend today. Got there found some ramen and a daikon salad to eat.
Then realized he went to Miyake. So walk/ran across town. Which was fun on a beautiful day. I forget how awesome it can be to run around in a city. And how confusing the streets of downtown Portland can be.
I have been meaning to try Miyake for a while. I heard the miso soup there was one of “The Best Things I Ever Ate” from the Food Network show. So I had to try that. I liked the miso, wish I had it without the mushrooms.
And the green tea there (complimentary) was fantastic. Great choice by my friend.
I had their tei shoku lunch (ie complete lunch). My first choice was one of the appetizers was the hamayaki: lobster, crab, & scallop over sushi rice covered in spicy mayonnaise. This was pure decadence and easily one of the best dishes I have had in Portland, Maine. Rich and amazing. Highly recommended, I will come back to Miyake just for the hamayaki.
And I also had the nigiri & roll: 6 piece chef choice + maki roll. The chef’s choice sushi was very nice, but I really liked the salmon and avocado roll the best.
So I enjoyed my meal, although it’s a lot more at $31 then I usually spend for lunch (or dinner). Will I go to Miyake again. Yes, I think for lunch. Next time though I think I will try maybe the daikon salad definitely with the hamayaki again and miso this time without the mushrooms for $19. Which is still sadly a splurge for me. I wish I had the money to be as much of a gourmand as I would like to be.
And so far, I think I prefer the atmosphere and cost of Pei Men Miyake. It’s a much more casual setting and I just love the salty, unctuous ramen.
And I definitely will admit the setting made me think of the wonderful film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” I look forward to trying Sapporo too. Mmm sushi.
Overall review for Miyake ***1/2.