Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sushi at Maru

Hello! I’m currently in Lansing right now hanging out at Eric’s apartment, but he’s at work until 1:00 pm so I thought I’d pop in for a quick Saturday post!

Last night after I arrived in Lansing, I dropped off my overnight bag at Eric’s before we both hit the road again to head over to Maru. We had plans to meet our [recently married] friends Matt and Julie for a fun sushi dinner!

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(photo from their website)

The place was packed when we got there (always a sign that the food is delicious!) but somehow Matt and Julie had managed to snag a booth and were already seated and waiting for us.

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We quickly joined them and ordered some drinks!

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Everyone else stuck with beer, but my drink of the night was the mango martini. Complete with fresh mango slices in the glass for garnish, it was delicious. I wish I would have snapped a picture of it!

I have been to Maru once before with Julie over the summer when I was in Lansing for my board exams so I already knew that the food was incredible. According to the restaurant website, Maru believes in using local and organic produce and wild caught fish whenever possible, and I can really appreciate this. I’ve had a lot of sushi in my day, and I truly believe that Maru serves some of the best I’ve ever had.

We were all starving so we ordered a plate of  (organic!) edamame to share while we waited for them to prepare our first round of sushi. We had a hard time deciding what we all wanted, so we ordered a bunch of different rolls to share. When they brought out the first few plates, I was immediately blown away with the presentation of it all. I don’t normally bring my DSLR to restaurants (it’s big and bulky and kind of obnoxious), but last night I had to bust it out for this.

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It was almost too pretty to eat!

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Maru posts their full menu online so I was able to look up all of the rolls we ordered and their respective descriptions. The first roll we ordered was the mahalo: shrimp tempura with spicy mayo topped with fresh yellowtail, avocado and pineapple salsa.

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I don’t normally like large pieces of raw fish in or on my sushi (the texture and strong taste are too much for me), but I loved it on this roll. The quality of fish definitely makes a difference!

The second roll was the nirvana: tempura fried smoked salmon, crab, avocado cream cheese with eel sauce, honey wasabi aioli, masago and scallions.

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The last plate housed our third and fourth rolls, the tarantula: deep fried soft shell crab, cucumber, gobo, radish sprouts topped with masago; and the crouching tiger: shrimp tempura, cream cheese, crab, topped with ebi and avocado, fantasy sauce, eel sauce, wasabi aioli, masago and scallions.

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I didn’t get a picture of our second round, but it included two more rolls: Another nirvana, and a holy crab: soft shell crab, crab sticks, avocado, cucumber topped with crab, tempura crunch and eel sauce. The holy crab was my favorite roll of the night, followed closely by the nirvana. Yummm!

We had such a great time eating and chatting with our friends – we were at the restaurant for almost two hours. Julie is a pharmacist, too (Julie, Eric and I all went to school together) so of course the topic of pharmacy monopolized most of the conversation. Even though Julie’s husband, Matt, isn’t a pharmacist, they’ve been together for so long that he can join right in on the conversation and doesn’t seem to mind at all when we the three of us talk endlessly about work. Pretty cool!

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This morning after Eric left for work I drove down the road to Biggby for a coffee and some breakfast.

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I got a skinny caramel marvel and a yogurt parfait.

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Meh, neither item wowed me – the coffee wasn’t very flavorful (and they screwed up the order; who puts whipped cream on a “skinny” drink?) and the parfait was kind of bland. Ah well, still did the trick!

Plans for today include pizza for lunch, possibly catching that movie we missed last night, and hanging out with our friend, Brad this afternoon. Should be a fun day!

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