Sunday, August 16

Marui Japanese Restaurant

Our Shoebox Restaurants Adventures continues at Marui Sushi.

We stumbled upon Marui on our way to Kazu and were visibly intrigued since the 10-12 seater restaurant was full on a weeknight. Although we wanted to dine there the following week, the lady maître d advised us to visit on a weekend instead since they usually entertained corporate clients on weeknights. So no stories of drunk salarymen in this episode.

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Starters – seasoned scallop and raw tako in wasabi-based sauce

This omakase meal took place more than 3 weeks ago… so I’m trying my (very) best to recall as much as my goldfish memory permits.

The seasoned scallop may not be new but the wasabi-soaked tako was tangy and slimy; in other words: fun on the tongue.

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The display of sashimi made me smile in a way that most people do in front of babies. Hamachi, kampachi, salmon belly, hotate, ebi and chutoro (which was almost as good as otoro) … All fresh and flabby… I could have gone all teary-eyed like most people do in front of babies.

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Sliced cucumber and bean sauce.

I love vegetable sticks (carrots, yes. bucumber, maybe. daikon, no.) and Japanese bean sauce dips. One of the raw moments when I could make myself eat raw vegetables without hurling or sulking. Unlike peanuts in Chinese restaurants, vegetable sticks/ dips is one of those seems-complimentary-but-not dishes that I don’t mind paying for. Marui’s bean sauce is chunkier and more fibrous – like the chunky version of peanut butter.

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Simmered daikon with bonito flecks

Daikon is not something I get excited about. The bonito flecks looked alive, like the writhing polyps / victims of The Little Mermaid’s Ursula.

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Grilled hamachi cheek

Another winner unless you don’t like the smoky charry aroma and the thrill of nudging out juicy fleshy bits. AWKWARD PAUSE. That’s ok, I’m not judging... but I don’t think we can be fwiendz.

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A palm-sized tempura with prawn, parleys and carrots. It didn’t deviate too much from your average tempura though the parsley made it a sprightly treat.

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If truth be told, I was disappointed with the sushi. No complains about the fish – again, fresh and flabby, but the sushi rice was too dry for its own good. Sadness.

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We couldn’t stomach dessert. It might not seem like a lot of food but this was after we ate enough cake to feed a Laotian village and maybe, an American family.

Marui Sushi Japanese Restaurant
5 Koek Road
#04-01 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: 6738 6048

2 comments:

christina said...

Oh my I loooove the little Japanese restaurants in Cuppage.

yixiaooo said...

=)