I wasn't expecting much for $32, even if these were mid-coast Maine prices, and even though I'd heard rave reviews about Suzuki. But I could get a spicy salmon roll anywhere, so I figured I'd give the omakase at this cute Rockland sushi joint the benefit of the doubt.
Shocked doesn't cover my reaction. The platter that landed in front of me featured multiple preparations of maki, nigiri, sashimi, all impeccably fresh and much of it pulled from the local water. From left to right:
- Lobster and asparagus maki with lemon wasabi sauce, wasabi tobiko, and sprouts
- Tuna nigiri with quail egg and scallions
- Local crab nigiri
- Hamachi nigiri
- Local halibut nigiri
- Local surf clam sashimi
- Local lobster sashimi with fresh star fruit
- Local diver scallop sashimi
- Maine shrimp hand roll with red onion and cucumbers
I'd gush about each item, but honestly they were all exceptionally good. The standout might have been the shrimp hand roll; the meat was so sweet, and the first few bites when the nori was still crisp and toasty were really tasty. That, plus the bargain price tag, made this worth the four-hour drive from Boston. Even better, if two people order omakase, the price drops to $29 per person. Run.
Suzuki's Sushi Bar
About the author: Liz Bomze lives in Brookline, MA, and works as the Senior Features Editor for Cook's Illustrated Magazine. In her free time, she freelances regularly for the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Improper Bostonian, and Martha's Vineyard Magazine; practices bread-baking and canning; takes photos; reads; and watches baseball. Top 5 foods: fresh noodles, gravlax, sour cherry pie, burrata, ma po tofu.