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“An unexpected find on Main Street”
Review of Suzuki's Sushi Bar

Suzuki's Sushi Bar
Ranked #14 of 87 Restaurants in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“An unexpected find on Main Street”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

I will start by saying that you do not expect to stumble across decent japanese food in mid Coast Maine set on main Street among the usual US fare much of which is pretty mediocre [lobsters excluded of course1] The only viable alternative is primo out oif town.

The restaurant is small and crowded. The menu is traditional with some improvisations. the seaweed salad was disappointing and lacking sesame and intense flavour tasting bland and not up to big city top Japanese standard let alone japan of course. this seems strange. The shumai were excellent and edamami are edamami after all.
We followed with some Nigiri. The chef's 'favourite was good and the maki plum paste and shizu delicate. the wasabe was powerful. Presentation was good. Thereafter came a concoction of crabcake and vegetables on rice and we had a chicken/soba/broth. this latter was disappointing. The chicken lumps claimed to have been specially seasoned and marinated but were bland. The broth was routine and there was no enahncement of vegetable or flavour. the green tea ice cream was flavoursome and not sweet which was a major plus. there is an exensive menu of saki though it is expensive. We chose a delicately flavoured one from Yamagata which i can strongly recommend.
The owner chef stood behind the sushi bar unsmiling and not making eye contact with her clients. this was unusual for a Japanese establishment and the lack of interplay with the clients is to be regretted. True Japanese establishments are noisy and there is a definite interplay with clients. The sushi chef appeared to also be japanese but all the staff in the kitchen were American.
In short this restaurant can be recommended with caveats. At $70 per head the meal was expensive and as much or more for better in London.

  • Visited August 2013
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NYC
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Sushi in Rockland!”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

My family and I love great sushi. We were vacationing in the Rockland area of Maine and heard this place was very good. We had a fabulous meal. The sushi was as fresh as could be, the service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was soothing and lovely. There was nothing about the meal that was disappointing. If you are in Maine and miss your sushi fix, I'd make a trip here. Simply wonderful!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank mw180
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Water Mill, New York
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“An unexpected great Japanese restaurant in the middle of Maine”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We were blown away by the food and presentation at this Japanese restaurant. We eat sushi regularly in New York so we had low expectations. Mistake! The chef is a woman which is unusual for a sushi restaurant. Food was exquisitely presented and absolutely delicious.Extremely fresh with some unusual combinations. Service was attentive and helpful. I had Oxbow ale from Maine which was excellent.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank nytours
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Boston MA
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A lovely meal”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is a small place, with wonderful attention to detail. The sushi is terrific, very fresh and tasty, and handled with care. My spouse had shrimp cakes that sounded dull to me when he ordered them but tasted anything but, made from local shrimp. We've visited here three years in a row and are grateful for the respite from tourist eating each time we visit.

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Maine
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not bad”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Being the only place that has Sushi in Rockland I can understand why people flip for this place, and overall the food was pretty great. Other than that is was kind of bland.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Mark R
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