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Kin

  • Address 524 NW 14th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 228-4546
  • Website: http://www.kinpdx.com/index.aspx

Kin Restaurant is one of those places that are perfectly designed for the long evenings of Portland summer. Yes, during the summer in Portland, a hot day gently eases into a warm evening, a time where you can wear your favorite jacket without having to worry about breaking a sweat. It’s a time when it seems like the sun won’t set until ten or eleven at night. Going out for dinner in the Pearl is one of the best ways to take advantage of these much-too-rare evenings, and Kin knows how to take care of you. When you show up there, and see Kin, which takes up space in a former garage, with its front wall wide open, you’ll wonder to yourself why you haven’t been there before.

Kin is the creation of former Chicago-based chef Kevin Shikami. Shikami is a former winner of the Best New Chef award in Chicago. The small restaurant (it seats only 50 diners) contrasts its size with big flavors. Shikami works mainly in the style of Asian and European fusion, with a heavy dose of the Pacific Northwest for good measure. Shikami uses fresh Northwest ingredients throughout the year to achieve his special tastes. These ingredients not only include local meat and vegetables, but also local potent potables, such as the region’s famous hand-crafted beer, wine, and liquor.

Some of the bold tastes that may be on display at Kin depending on the season include first courses such as a salad featuring seared emu, ceviche in a Yuzu vinaigrette, and sunchoke soup with rare Chinook salmon. The dinner entrees include more European-influenced fare, such as a roasted quail with duck ravioli, a lamb loin, and duck breast. Like many Portland restaurants, Kin has a happy hour that has a number of Asian favorites such as wontons, sushi, and yakitori at affordable prices. The happy hour happens Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Kin is open Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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