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Story ID:8963
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Travel
Location:Waterville Maine USA
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By Fred Wickert

I lived in Tokyo, Japan for four years. I married a Japanese girl and brought her to the USA with me. That was many years ago. My wife was terribly homesick for a while because there was almost no Japanese food to be had. Gradually Asian grocery stores began to open and eventually we began to find Japanese restaurants. The first we discovered were in Washington, D.C. We lived in Brandywine, Maryland at the time and went to at least one of them weekly.

My wife is very fond of sushi. She is also extremely fussy when it comes to Japanese food. If it is not right, she will complain about it. If it is bad, she will not eat it and will never return to that restaurant. Japanese rice is far different from the rice we Americans usually eat. Before I went to Japan I always thought rice was rice and no different. Boy was I wrong. Americans commonly eat long rice. Japanese will not eat long rice. They use only short and medium grain rice. Now, I won’t eat long rice either.

Over the years we have eaten in Japanese restaurants all over the country. We have dined in them in Washington, D.C., in Maryland, in State College, Pa., in Detroit and Ann Arbor. I have dined in them in Delhi, Kingston, Oneonta, Troy, Schenectady, Syracuse, and Albany. I have eaten in them in several other places as well. Most of them are not operated by Japanese, but instead, by Chinese. They have been taught by Japanese and have learned well.

In Albany, one place was operated by a Japanese woman for more than thirty years. She wanted to retire, so offered her place for sale. It was purchased by Chinese who retained their Japanese chefs and for six months were trained by her husband who had been her head chef. Another in Albany had a Japanese sushi chef and still another was owned by a Japanese master chef, but all of his employees were Chinese people. Japanese cuisine however is nothing at all like Chinese.

In the state of Maine, there is a place called Waterville. Waterville is a nice picturesque and quiet sort of town. It is on the west bank of the Kennebec River and is in Kennebec County. It was once a ship building town. Shipping on the river ends at Waterville because of a water fall upstream that prevents further navigation. There are several lakes and ponds nearby and the town is surrounded by campsites. It boasts two colleges and it is a great place to visit.

About six months ago Waterville added a new attraction, the Mirakuya Sushi Steak House. The Mirakuya Sushi Steak House is hidden between Hannaford and T.J. Max stores in the JFK plaza. It is truly one of the finest additions ever made to Waterville. As one who has eaten in Japanese restaurants around the world, I can tell you that it is one of the best anywhere.

When you enter the restaurant you will see and hear a waterfall cascading down the wall. As you enter inside the door you will be greeted by one or both of the sweetest, loveliest, and most gracious Chinese girls you could ever hope to meet, Sunny and Elaine. They will seat you where you wish to be, and welcome you to the restaurant like a VIP. The place is equipped with a bar that constantly changes colors. They have regular tables, or if you prefer they have eight hibachi tables where the chef works magic before your very eyes, entertaining you all the way as he cooks your meal. For family gatherings, meetings and so forth, the restaurant has a private room with hibachi that will comfortably seat as many as eighteen people. The food is scrumptious and servings are generous. The service is unbeatable. Japanese restaurants always have good service but this place has the best.

The quality of sushi is determined in large part by the quality of the fish. Most sushi contains raw fish. At the Mirakuya, their fish is delivered fresh from Boston Harbor several times a week. It could not be any fresher than that without still being alive.

The Mirakuya is determined to make things as comfortable and as fun for the family as they can. They have special hats for those celebrating a birthday to wear. For the ladies the hat is that of a Mongolian princess. They announce the birthday with a Mongolian gong, and for little girls they have a beautiful Asian doll. These are hard to replace and may not be available after current supplies are exhausted.

If you like Japanese food, if you like to treat your family to a great dining experience with great reception, great service, great food and great fun, you need to take them to the Mirakuya Japanese Sushi Steak House between the Hannaford and T.J. Max stores at 150 JFK Plaza, Waterville, Maine 04901. Call 207 – 616 – 0088 for reservations. Don’t forget to tell them if you are bringing a baby or infant. It does make a difference in required seating room. They have special high chairs to accommodate them.

You will not want to miss it if you live in Waterville, or if you are visiting or driving in the area and are within easy driving distance. Mirakuya is an experience well worth having. It surpasses all of the Japanese restaurants I have experienced in the USA and in Japan, and I have experienced many.

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