// Location1 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04101
// Hours11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday
// Price Range$$$
// Cuisine Type Japanese,
// Features Brunch, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair accessible,
// AT A GLANCE
If you walk past Yosaku on Danforth Street, you might not realize just how massive the restaurant is. Inside, you’ll find space for 120 people, as well as another 40 to 50 seats outside, making it among the biggest in Portland. The Japanese menu is equally gargantuan, running into the hundreds of dishes, but with a general focus on sushi and sashimi. And that’s no accident; executive chef and owner Takahiro Sato has been in the seafood business for decades. Some of the restaurant’s very best dishes are seafood-based, like marvelously sweet grilled unagi (freshwater eel), and creamy, translucent raw botan ebi – jumbo shrimp tails served alongside their deep-fried heads. When combined with rice to make sushi (nigiri and maki alike), the quality falters – blame rice that can be a little undercooked and overly vinegared. Non-seafood dishes at Yosaku are hit-or-miss. Skip the udon, tempura ice cream and avocado salad, but don’t miss the long-braised kinpira gobo (braised burdock root) salad and the delicate, generally well-fried tempura vegetables. And choose where you sit wisely. If you can, stay out of the dull dining room on the restaurant’s left and angle for one of the seats at the sushi bar, or even better, one of the traditional Japanese low tables on the platform in the dining room on the restaurant’s right.