Downtown Detroit: Maru Sushi

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Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5  bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites (slower than expected wait time on a Sunday afternoon)

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites (menu and décor)

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Maru Sushi Key

Rooster Sauce: A fancy, hipster name for Sriracha.

Soy Paper: AKA Mamenori. Thin wrappers made out of soybean.

Kampyo: Dried gourd shavings.

Burn Sauce: Hot, spicy, condiment

Fantasy Sauce: Red, sweet and spicy sauce

Maru Sushi set up shop in November 2016 and has been a hit ever since. The spot occupies space in the Federal Reserve Building on Fort St in Downtown Detroit. My favorite feature is the wacked out menu. Expect to find creative roll names like Super Mario (featuring marinated shitake mushrooms) and Beach Party (with tuna, crab salad, avocado, cuke). You can also get soups, salads, noodles, and entrees off the hibachi grill. See how they ranked.

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Mahalo Roll: Tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy mayo, topped with yellowtail and pineapple salad (red pepper, cucumber, carrot, and pico de gallo). The crunch of the tempura shrimp added texture to the yellowtail and creamy avocado. The spicy mayo added just enough heat. The pineapple salad was bright, sweet, and a refreshing addition. Very tropical and one of my favorites!

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Crouching Tiger: Panko fried shrimp, cream cheese, crab salad, topped with shrimp, avocado, fantasy sauce, eel sauce, honey wasabi aioli, masago (roe: fish eggs) and scallion. The panko added a light crunch to the cream cheese. I really liked the combo of shrimp, crab salad, and fried shrimp. The spice from the fantasy sauce and the sweetness from the eel sauce and honey wasabi took my taste buds for a ride. First you got spicy, then sweet, then heat from the wasabi. Multiple layers of flavor.

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Sexy Bacon: Cherrywood smoked bacon, cucumber, asparagus, crab stick, tempura crunch, in soy paper, with fantasy sauce, eel sauce, creamy garlic sauce and shredded nori. Did someone say Bacon?! Ahhh! This was amazing. Smoky, sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy all exploding onto your taste buds. The soy paper was a nice change. I could not get enough of the fantasy sauce. Seriously, addicting.

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Honeymoon: crab stick, salmon, albacore, cucumber, kampyo, topped with eel sauce, served with tempura crunch and rooster sauce. The rooster sauce added a nice spicy chili flavor and the sweet eel sauce balanced out the heat. The salmon and tuna went well with the fresh cucumber then at the end you got this nice crunch from the tempura. Well done!

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Check out the happy hour menu and daily specials. I am always game to cut costs when I can so this is great. Maru Sushi gets an A+ in the quality category. They use the finest, local ingredients, featuring organic produce, and wild caught fish when possible. They also offer a healthier option of brown rice ($1 extra) and vegan friendly items. Awesome!

Maru Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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