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Best Sushi / Japanese in Maine?

JMF Aug 24, 2007 04:31 PM

I am putting together a list of all the Japanese restaurants and Sushi restaurants in the state of Maine and would love to hear your opinions on who has the best sushi. My favorite so far is Suzuki's Sushi Bar in Rockland. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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    jackbauer Jan 4, 2008 01:03 AM

    I've never had bad sushi/sashimi in the Portland area. Just went to Yosaku this past Saturday and dropped 50 bucks and was happy to do so. I intended to go to Benkay, which I have never been to, but they were closed for lunch. Have heard Tak moved to Yosaku and loved the food, top notch. Haven't lived in Portland for almost ten years, will have to try Miyake on Spring Street. My friend used to own the Blue Mango and I'll have to try out of sheer curiosity.

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      sciencediet Jan 4, 2008 10:26 AM

      I know Kelly too. I kept hearing he was about to open another place--any chance of it ever happening?

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      JackNH Jan 3, 2008 01:57 PM

      Is there any place in or near York? I'm sick and tired of clam rolls when I'm there visiting the parents . . . .

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        qianning Jan 3, 2008 05:17 AM

        We still prefer Yosaku in Portland. Tak is so knowledgeable, and his fish is always (in my experience) top notch, we tend to order sashimi rather than sushi. Also it is nice to find a place that offers real wasabi.

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          sciencediet Jan 3, 2008 12:40 PM

          I absolutely second this--Yosaku is great (we followed Tak from Benkay). And ok, the Yosaku roll may offend the purist, but I think it's a beautiful thing.

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          Mainenative Jan 3, 2008 03:08 AM

          There is a sushi bar somewhere in Freeport, but not sure just where.

          1. Passadumkeg Aug 27, 2007 06:44 PM

            Green Tea, in Ellsworth now has a traditional Chinese and Japanese menu w/ sushi. Inexpensive and good.
            Thai Lotus in Bar Harbor serves sushi on the weekends.

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              morla Aug 27, 2007 07:31 PM

              Are you talking about Siam Orchid in Bar Harbor? If not, where is Thai Lotus? Oh, and where is Green Tea in Ellsworth?? Seriously, a "traditional" Chinese/Japanese? menu that I have not heard about? Not sure if I believe it :)

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                Passadumkeg Aug 28, 2007 04:19 AM

                Oops! I replied after a long day of kayak guiding. It is indeed, the Siam Orchid(The Thai Lotus I think is in Orono.) Green Tea is the old China Garden, near the movie theaters.
                For Ellsworth, it is a good improvement. We had the sushi platter and tempura Sat. night and enjoyed it. We are always disappointed w/ Chinese Rests. in Maine that Green Tea is a modest surprise. The duck on scallion pancakes our regular dish. Any other good Chinese? Bangor is a waste land.

            2. the_MU Aug 25, 2007 11:18 AM

              We're pretty fond of King of the Roll in Portland. Also, there's a new sushi place, Miyake, on Spring St, where the old Blue Mango used to be -- a very well-informed server there and pretty deep menu for a tiny place with four tables. Went there last week and had a "flight" of different salmon as a special (IIRC, sockeye, arctic char, wild alaskan, scottish). Definitely worth checking out. There's a more detailed review at www.chowmaineguide.com/index.php?page...

              I like both of these places better than either Benkay or Sapporo.

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                sophie fox Aug 25, 2007 04:47 PM

                Arctic char isn't a salmon, it's a salmonid much more closely related to trout.

              2. TypeA Aug 25, 2007 06:43 AM

                Also, for the Bangor area, Ichiban on Hammond Street is the best I've found.

                Erin@typeadiversions.com

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