Restaurant Name: Maru Sushi
Review: I was advised by a reader of a new restaurant in West Lafayette, and since I love my readership so much, I immediately set out to try it. Maru is a small restaurant, located on Chauncey Avenue, across from the Noodles & Co. but down a few doors. You have to look for it, because the signs are small.
We arrived at 11 AM and it was completely dead – we were the only people there. As they open right at 11, this wasn’t much of a surprise. We were greeted by friendly staff and seated and given menus, both the regular menu and the sushi menu.
This is where I admit that I am not much of a sushi eater. I know, I know. I don’t want to be that person. It’s taken time, and I’m finally starting to try it more. Either way, when it comes to reviewing Sushi, I don’t have a lot of experience.
When we sat down, we were offered tea or water. They didn’t offer anything else, so I’m assuming they don’t offer sodas or (gasp) alcohol. I’ll try not to hold that against them. The water came out bottled, and my only complaint is that then I have to be careful not to drink it too fast because I’m sure they’d charge for a third bottle.
The menu was extensive, with teriyaki and tempura boxed lunches, rice and noodle dishes, along with a ton of sushi choices. If there’s a noodle dish to be had, then I will have it so I ordered the Yaki U-Don noodles, which are pan fried u-don noodles with chicken and vegetable. My husband ordered Maki Combo Sushi special, which was 18 pieces of sushi that included California, Boston, and Spicy Tekka rolls.
We were served miso soup and three vegetable dishes prior to the meal. One had cucumber, one had cabbage. Not sure what the other one was, but they were all great. The food came out after and it was really good. My Yaki U-Don noodles were wonderful – and I couldn’t even finish it. Which is saying a lot – I have a large appetite for noodles.
My husband raved about the sushi. I even tried two pieces, and found them both quite good.Their sushi menu was quite extensive, and there were a number of things I’d be interested in trying, including something called a Mango Tango roll and a few other things.
While we were there, the restaurant continued to fill up and by the time we finished, it was packed. PACKED.
Overall, it was a great experience. Friendly service. Excellent food. A warm environment. If you like Japanese food and sushi, I definitely say head over and try it out. Thanks for the heads up, Loren!
Kid friendly: Sort of. They had high chairs, and the environment was one that I would feel comfortable taking kids in. However, there was no children’s menu, and I’m not sure what options on the menu the average kid would enjoy. So use your best judgment.
Methods of payment: Cash or credit.