Austin >Maru Japanese Restaurant
Went to dinner for the first time at Maru and the food was excellent, that is until a critter (rhymes w/broach) scurried across our table and tried to get onto our tiger roll. When it didn't succeed it jumped on me! The manager (maybe owner?) came over and moved our items to a different table. They brought the rest of our food and re-made one of our rolls that was on the table at the time. Overall the situation was handled poorly, as we were still expected to pay for everything, and merely got an "I'm sorry". "I'm sorry, I won't be returning to your restaurant!"
Pros: Great food
Cons: Everything else
Crab Crazy. I have heard several great reviews about Maru which lead me to get excited about going for my first time. Unfortunately, my experience was short of great. I enjoyed the J-Bomb, but my only complaint was how much crab was in it. This was the same problem I had with the rolls I ordered (spider, dragon, and rainbow). I personally feel like the crab masked the rest of the flavors in the roll. On a positive note, I enjoyed the opportunity to BYOB and the service was extremely friendly.
fresh and fabulous..and affordable. My husband and I ate at Maru last week and we were pleasantly surprised by how fresh and inventive the combinations are here..we sat down immediately at the sushi bar..and although it's byob we had our six pack of great beer and thoroughly enjoyed the selections we made... we decided on the philadelphia and american rolls (among many other things)...the portions were ample and the fish..very fresh..it was a bustling, energetic crowd and I would recommend this neighborhood joint to both sushi novices and afficianados..
Can you pass the Spider Roll please?. Ate at Musashino and was not impressed. I was very sad because it was voted best sushi of citysearch in Austin and thought wow there must not be great sushi places in this city. I drove by Maru and thought I should check it out. Blew Musashino out of the water! No, not much ambiance, however, my stomach and pocket book was more than satisfied. Everything was beautifully presented and extremely flavorful. My spicy tuna roll fell apart a little bit but mostly because it was full of yummy goodness. Take a couple friends, your favorite bottle of wine or saki (BYOB) and enjoy reasonable service, exceptional sushi, and extra cash to come back again!
WoW! Just the sort of Sushi Joint we have been looking for!.
We tried Maru on a Saturday night after reading several glowing reviews online. We wanted a restaurant that had good sushi without the airs or pretentious ambiance or prices of some in town. After having sampled some great sushi around the country including San Francisco, we were hopeful for a good meal but sceptical that we would find anything great. Boy, were we wrong!
Maru was PERFECT in every respect. Even during a weekend at prime dining hours we walked in and were immediatly seated.
The rolls we sampled (Dragon and Samurai) were full of complex flavors, fresh ingredients, and complete with a lovely presentation. My dining companion and I were in Sushi heaven with every bite! We also sampled some Salmon and Yellowtail Nigri along with a finishing order of Tamago Nigri (sweet egg omelet). The Salmon and Yellowtail were melt-in-your-mouth wonderful.
The atmosphere is decidedly casual and the 2-person tables a bit small but that didn't take away from the overall experience complete with attentive, but not overbearing, service. Prices are resonable and alcohol is BYOB.
We look forward to going back again and again and again to this delightful Austin sushi gem.
Great, but has some limitations. Overall, I had a great experience here at Maru. The Katsudon is probably the best that I've had in a long time. My husband and I crave it sometimes. The Sushi had a few hits and misses. The salmon and yellowtail were fabulous both times that we went. It was buttery and melted in your mouth. The rolls we tried were all great-including the spider roll which was probably the best we've had in awhile. Maru is definately not cheap about putting a lot of fish in thier rolls. Every roll was very well packed. I do have to complain that the spicy tuna roll actually had too much tuna and not enough of everything else. It really messed up the balance of tuna/cucumber/rice ratio. This also applied to a few hand rolls that I ordered as well. The scallop sushi wasn't as fresh. I couldn't finish it at all. The eel was fabulous-crisp and flavorful. However, it always would come too late at the end of the meal. They need to work on timing and consistancy. I think they're a lot of potential here.
No pretense, fresh delicious sushi. Maru is a great sushi place, without all the pretense. It may lack "atmosphere", but the fish is delicious (and fresh! A feat to be sure in land locked Austin), the rolls are different and yummy and the price is very inexpensive compared to other sushi places around town. The miso soup was not the best, though, it seemed to be the dry packaged instant miso you buy at the grocery store - good for home, not so great for a resturant. Other than that, I highly recommend this place if you love regular sushi and often.
I liked it very much. Go here!.
Went with a friend to enjoy lots of their food in celebration of my new business and her finishing another semester of school. Excellent food for an seasoned Boston Sushi fanatic, her, and my new pallet.
Started with a soup. forgot the name of it. Had seaweed and spring onions. Excellent pallet cleanser. Dragon Rolls were excellent... eel avocado and crab..... and the wasabi! mmmmmmmmmmmmm fish heaven. eel reminded me of bacon. Didnt have the white tuna so went with the pink roll instead of the snow white roll. That was excellent with soy sauce. Also had the sweet egg, tuna and scallop served with rice. Had enough rice so i just had the sweet egg part. we saved it for later. excellent late night treat.
Service was excellent although our server was quite pressed. He very well managed and the food was out fast. The portions were large and very ample. For $40 we ate like a king and queen. I am still satisfied. Went to Austin Draught house after and had a few drinks at home with know ill effects. So I suppose my first complete sushi experience went well! I quite recommend this place and will likely be enjoying the sit down bar as a regular.
Food was good, service & atmosphere - not so much....
I went on a Friday evening, there was about a 15 minute wait, which is actually pretty good considering the place was full, and it's not that big. We were seated in a corner near the front window, and there was a detectable musty smell in the area.
I ordered a couple of sushi rolls and my companion ordered a steak teriyaki dish. There appeared to be one server for the whole restaurant, so getting her attention was difficult at times. About 25 minutes after we were seated, my companion got his dish. He finishes eating about 25 - 30 minutes later, meanwhile, my sushi still has not arrived. They even brought us the check, and we had to tell them that I had not gotten my sushi yet (this was about an hour after being seated). The sushi came about 5 - 10 minutes later, it was good, except some of the tuna used in one of the rolls was almost "sinewy" - definitely not the melt-in-your-mouth tuna I have come to expect from a sushi restaurant. I don't think I enjoyed the sushi as much as I normally enjoy sushi, since, after sitting for an hour with no food, I was ready to just go home already. Still, the sushi was not bad, and my companion's steak dish was very enjoyable, and came with ample amounts of meat and tempura vegetables.
I will probably try Maru again in 2 or 3 months...maybe they will be able to hire additional servers in the meantime.
Best Sushi Restaurant in Austin.
I almost didn't fill out a review - I love this place so much I didn't want to share it with anyone else. This place is quiet, the service is quick and the rolls are heaven, I don't want anyone else to find out about it and because I know there would be a line waiting to get in!
Sure, the walls aren't glamed up, but neither are the prices. So for the more materialistic crowd best go somewhere downtown where you pay an arm and a leg for ambience and your food tastes like 6th street smells.
If you are more open minded, my favorite is the Samurai roll. It comes out warm. It is the best roll I have ever, ever had. If you go and see a woman sitting at the sushi bar doing a Meg Ryan 'When Harry Met Sally' reenactment, please do not point and laugh, just order the Samurai roll!!
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