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May 28

Maru Maki

I’ve been to this restaurant three times now.  The first time we went, my roommate and I decided to order online and take it home.  Big mistake.  There are two prices for all their menu items.  They have a full-price takeout menu, so sushi rolls can end up costing up to $13 each.  And they have a sit-down menu where EVERYTHING on their menu is $3 each, except for drinks.  However, this place is a little weird.  It’s the first place I’ve ever been to that charges a sit-down fee.  It’s $5 for lunch, and $8 for dinner per person.  But as long as everyone can eat 3 rolls each, you’ll get your money’s worth compared to the takeout price.  Heck, even one roll beats the takeout price.  So if you come here, expect a fee for each individual at your table.

From left to right: Baked Lobster Roll, Awesome Roll, Double S Roll

The first thing I noticed after I stepped into here is that this place is not owned by Japanese people.  From hearing the employees speak to each other, the K-Pop music pounding away, and some certificate on the wall that has the owner’s name, which was something something “Yang”, I could figure out Koreans were running this joint.  I admit that a little bit of disappointment rose in me as I am a little prejudice to believe that making good sushi is an innate trait that only the Japanese can harness.  Well all that faded away after my first meal from this place.  Their food can keep up with most sushi joints despite having a non-Japanese stigma.  My prejudices have been broken.

As I mentioned, I’ve been here three times.  Needless to say, I really like the quality of their sushi.  Every time I’ve eaten here, I’ve always gotten their Double S Roll,  It’s nice balance of sweet and salty for tempura battered lobster on top of sushi.  Yeah, sorry, I forgot what was in the actual sushi, but definitely get it if you come.  Their Awesome Roll is topped with cooked salmon on a California Roll with teriyaki sauce drizzled on top.  It’s a little fishy, but still lives up to its name, which is quite Awesome!  There are many other rolls that are worth trying, and I could probably bore you with more ramblings of the description of rolls, but you’ll just have to check out the place yourself to really get the full menu and flavors of this little gem in Long Beach.

 

Maru Maki is located at:
745 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours:
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sat 12:30 pm – 11 pm
Sun 3 pm – 9:30 pm