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.
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