Maru sushi on a snowy night

Last night, our plan to go to Houlihan’s in the Lansing Mall changed because of bad weather – why drive to the other side of town, risking life and limb at the mercy of bad drivers, when there are restaurants just down the street? So we went to Maru on Okemos Road. And there was no waiting, possibly because it was Wednesday, but more likely because people decided to stay home.

But we made a mistake – we ordered too much food. Sure, there are worse mistakes, but we spent a little more money than we needed to. But at least it was good food – it really sucks to order too much bad food.

First up was the ruby cocktail ceviche, which Andrea insists on ordering every time we go. Rice, avocado, tuna, and other hard to identify ingredients, it is definitely a nice start. It is the perfect starter… for four people. Wine was on special, so we split a bottle of their house pinot grigio, Coastal Vines, which was only $12.

Our “main course” consisted of three items: Eel nigiri, a nirvana roll, and a crouching tiger roll. Oh, the sushi. All were excellent. Well, I remember the eel being excellent, as I didn’t have any this time. Andrea loved it, so I let her have both pieces.

I did, however, devour a large portion of the nirvana and crouching tiger rolls. The nirvana roll was huge, taking up close to half the table. Okay, maybe it was just a quarter of the table, but it was still large. I would have both rolls again, though I’m sure I’ll want to try something new on our next trip. The squid we had on our previous visit wasn’t to our liking, but everything else has been fantastic.

Maru isn’t a secret anymore, judging from the review on Yelp, so making a reservation is usually recommended. All sushi fans should give this one a try, because it’s the best in town.


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