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More Reviews at Maru Japanese Restaurant

More Reviews of good food at Maru Japanese Restaurant

So Yummy! And The Portion Is Huge! Love it and will definitely come back!!

The pasta wasn't drenched in sauce, yet the salted egg element was distinct but not overwhelmingly strong, so its not jelat at all. However, I felt that the soft shell crab was a tad oily.

Visited during lunch hours and there was a free flow salad bar with potato salad, mesclun salad, couscous, macaroni and much more.

Overall, it is really quite worth the visit , especially with burpplebeyond's 1 for 1 !

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The foie gras is absolutely amazing, that I have to say. There is little to no gaminess, and it is so soft you can easily cut it using your chopsticks. The burst of umami flavours as the foie gras melts in your mouth is unbelievable. The fried garlic on the foie gras lifted the flavours of the buttery goodness.

However, I was slightly disappointed by the yakiniku don itself, because the rice seemed to be overdone, and the meat was slightly tough.

Quite nice, but portions were a little small. Would have been a more enjoyable meal if they had been more generous with the amount of salmon.

Rating: 3.75 / 5

The ingredients were really fresh, and the portion was quite reasonable. The rice was a little too sticky, but still nice in terms of seasoning and taste. Would definitely try this again if I have the chance.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: Got this via MealPal, so I'm not sure if this is a standard menu item.

Maru is on #Burpplebeyond, which made this pretty worth after the 1 for 1. The two pieces of anago were literally but not figuratively overflowing. A bit less sweet than but a nice change from the usual unagi. I pretty my foie gras in slabs rather than cubes though, i guess much of the fats melted during the cooking process so they werent as buttery.

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It tastes as interesting as it looks! Sadly, it only came in pairs. But definitely worth trying!

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Way too little salmon, which are rather thinly sliced too. Even the marinated salmon tartare, which was quite yummy, was just a tiny portion, like a spoonful. Not really enjoyable and not worth $16 at all! Luckily I got this on mealpal so it was only $3 if not I'd feel seriously ripped off 😂

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Forgot the actual name but yeah, it was cold, not recommended for the lukewarm.

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A blanket of mentaiko mozzarella cheese on a huge chunk of cod fish with fried rice and an onsen egg! A pity that the fried rice looked a lot more flavourful than it was, but the rich mentaiko mozzarella cheese helped to balance it out better. Not the best cook on the cod but overall it was pretty addictive! Also, lunch mains come with free flow salads (there were three types during our visit), which was nice to have.

Made our reservations on Eatigo and scored a 50% discount off our total bill, making this really value for money. Check out the 1 for 1 deals on Burpple Beyond too!

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Had the Anago Foie Gras Bowl for lunch and I thought it was really good! The Foie Gras was well grilled and flavourful. The Anago (saltwater eel) was well marinated and the rice bowl was really satisfying overall :)

First time trying Anago (saltwater eel) vs the more common unagi (freshwater eel). I must say I'm not astute enough to tell the difference, but this was a decent don. Another disclaimer, this was ordered via MealPal and its my understanding this is not offered on their usual lunch menu. Perhaps the missing ingredients would have elevated this dish further - from decent to good? - will have to try their anago foie gras donburi from the standard lunch menu to find out!

Rating:3.5/5

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For the uninitiated, anago is unagi’s softer, less fatty and milder tasting salt water cousin. Didn’t enjoy this don as much as the aburi chirashi don unfortunately. The anago tasted a bit too soft for my liking, and with the seasoned ume (sour plum) furikake rice, it was a bit underwhelming to me.

The cucumber provided some textural contrast, but I would have preferred cucumber cubes, rather than sticks. By contrast, I would have definitely preferred the foie gras to not be cubed as I couldn’t taste the richness at all simply because it was too small! The outer surface also tasted somewhat sour, like it was pickled, which was peculiar.

Wouldn’t go for this again as although it sounded really great, the execution wasn’t as good as I’d hoped for. Thankfully, I got it as part of a 4-course menu deal on Chope during its sales! Maru is also available on #burpplebeyond.

Chunks of fish were really fresh. You can taste the sweetness of the flesh.

The bursts of tobiko with plump vinegary sushi rice was very appetising too.

7.5/10 👌🏻👌🏻

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Got this through Mealpal! Verdict: 🤔

I guess it’s quite value for money if you get it through Mealpal but don’t expect a very filling portion or very fresh sashimi. It’s still quite decent for a chirashi nonetheless and definitely worth a try if you are looking for a quick chirashi fix. #mealpal

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Maru’s truffle ikura chawanmushi ($8) was quite unexpectedly amazing and interestingly presented as well. The silky chawanmushi was served inside egg shells and the surface of it was covered in beautiful ikura and a really tasty truffle dashi stock. The first bite was a small piece of heaven, with the soft egg and salty burst of fishiness from the ikura, and lastly the truffle hitting you. Little bits of truffle paste was also incorporated inside the chawanmushi, so even after finishing the top layer, there was a lingering earthy taste. Got this as part of a 4-set meal thanks to @chopesg’s coupon ($15). So value for money! P.s. Maru is also on #burpplebeyond.
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While this appetiser was great, the same couldn’t be said about the service because the manager was extremely condescending towards his young service staff and asked him to “go away!”, all whilst taking our order beside us. He also told us curtly that he “needs the table back by 12.45pm” without explaining why and before we had even ordered anything. Nothing wrong with setting a time limit since they may have other reservations, but I felt that the way he put forward his point was incredibly rude. That said, his young service staff are all quite polite and our previous experience here (when the manager did not serve us) was pleasant. Maru’s food is quite good, but the experience was completely ruined by the service this time.

Garlic fried rice comes with a rather large serving of beef cubes and onsen egg. Beef cube was stir fried with red wine and give a nice flavour to it! Mix the onsen egg into the rice to give the rice an extra oomps!

Stir-fry sushi rice w sesame, topped with unagi, scallop, bonito flakes and ginger. Taste was passable with sizeable portion of toppings.

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Tried Maru’s aburi chirashi don ($29) with their Saturday 1 for 1 (book via their website or phone) and it was so great!! It’s super affordable considering the quality of their ingredients and also comes with free flow pasta salad and greens. P.s. they are also available on #burpplebeyond.

The sashimi came in quite substantial portions and tasted fresh. The smokiness due to them torching the surface, and I believe the sashimi is sprinkled with just a little bit of some kind of special salt, which really enhances the flavour. The rice is mixed with black sesame seeds and a bit of ume (sour plum) furikake, which makes it an interesting spin on the usual vinegary sushi rice and it went quite well with the sashimi.

Will definitely be coming back to try their hiyashi somen (uni, botan ebi, aburi salmon and other luxurious ingredients) and mentaiko cod fish bowl!!

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A scrumptious rice bowl packed with lots of flavour!

I ordered the pork jowl don because it sounded like such a hearty dish on the menu.

Atypical of most rice bowls, this comes with garlic fried rice which is superb when mixed with the onsen egg. Some people would prefer to have uruchimai, or pearly white Japnanese rice, but I think the fried rice makes for a more well-rounded dish. The grilled pork cheeks were tender and well-cooked and seasoned. Definitely left wanting more!

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