Maru is close to home, so my mom and I stopped by for dinner on a Thursday night. It's a pretty small restaurant, so we called ahead to reserve a table before we left. It's a casually elegant and appealing space, a bit noisy though.
The menu is more creative than your average sushi place. They have a large range of sashimi/ngiri and your standard makis, but their specialty rolls are a very unique sort. Nice to see something besides the usual combinations you see at every sushi restaurant. We started with seaweed salads (a more abundant portion than you usually get), and I got a miso soup. Then we shared the beef/asparagus appetizer which is delicious - it's asparagus wrapped in beef and seared, served with a sweet dipping sauce. Then my mom got some salmon ngiri and I got a plate of sashimi. You can basically pick your price (in our case, $20) and they fill your plate with a beautifully arrange chef's choice of sashimi. We got loads! Something like eight different kinds of fish, at least two pieces of each. The salmon was lovely, the red tuna, the seared/crusted tuna, and....lots of other fish that I've forgotten! But it was all fresh and looked beautiful on the plate.
The only thing about this place is that, as my mom estimates, it's twice as expensive as Sansu (my favorite sushi in the area). And I'm not sure it's twice as good. It is more upscale, the menu is more creative and modern, and the fish is equally fresh if not a bit fresher. But to me, this is more special occasion sushi, given the prices. But they do have some absolutely outstandingly fresh and luscious sashimi. For raw fish fans, you won't be disappointed.
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