Japanese Restaurants Portland, Maine
Japanese cuisine has been touted as one of the healthiest globally, a claim supported by the fact that some of the oldest living individuals in the world hailing from Japan. Because of a deeply-rooted historical aversion to meat, with the exception of wild game, the most common ingredients used in Japanese cooking include rice, fish, tofu and vegetables combined in a carefully prepared meal of balanced colors and flavors. Most Portland, Maine Japanese restaurants offer a sumptuous array of fresh sashimi and sushi dipped into a typical sauce of soy and red-hot wasabi, alongside platters of pickled vegetables, a bowl of steamed rice and miso soup. Foreign influences, both Asian and Western, have brought about other popular dishes such as the hearty ramen, crunchy tonkatsu, and deep-fried tempura. As in most major cities, Portland, Maine features several restaurants that offer authentic Japanese fare.