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Mami information

// Location339 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101

// Hours11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

// Contact207-536-4702

// Price Range$$

// Cuisine Type Asian, Japanese,

// Features Beer list, Take Out,

// Reviews

⇢ Mami takes the spirit of its food-truck forebear indoors, to tasty effect

You may recognize Mami as a food truck that has been serving izakaya-style Japanese food around Portland since 2015. In April of this year, the team behind the truck, chef/co-owner Austin Miller and general manager/co-owner Hana Tamaki, opened a restaurant of the same name in the Old Port. The new, exposed-brick space shares much in common with the truck, including many of its street food dishes, like crisp, golden okonomiyaki – decadent “pancakes” of cabbage, onion and pork belly, topped with a spiced soy sauce and lashings of sweet Kewpie mayonnaise. You’ll also find Mami’s signature grilled onigiri, rounded triangles of sticky sushi rice seared dark and crunchy on a flat, iron teppanyaki grill. If it’s on the menu, don’t miss the lobster nikuman, a dish Miller calls “a bastardized lobster roll” that, with a sophisticated balance of yeasty steamed bun, salty tobiko and flowering dill, could hold its own against any lobster roll in the state. Be prepared to order at the counter, then wait for your meal to be brought to you by a team member. Tip however you like, but if you order several dishes and occupy a table for a while – or as Miller describes, “sit and drink a 40 while you eat a burger” – err on the side of generosity.