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January 11, 2011 > Restaurant Review: Sushi Maru

Restaurant Review: Sushi Maru

For all of you who know me well, this has been an amazing year. One of the major changes in my life is what I eat. I have stopped dieting and started eating. To date, I have dropped 115 lbs. This dictates where I eat when my wife and I go out. Therefore, over the next few months I will be revisiting some of the places previously reviewed here that feature entrees with substantial nutritional values.

The many fine places I have reviewed almost always offer high quality nutritional menu items but oftentimes we do not know what to order. One of these fine places is Sushi Maru in Milpitas where I continue to be very impressed.

The last time I reviewed Sushi Maru was May 2009. I chose Sushi Maru to review again because my wife, who was born and raised in Japan, grew up with sushi and through her I have learned so much more about the art that is sushi As much as I enjoy sushi, I am amazed at the hidden carbohydrate calories in sushi rice. Sushi in any form that contains rice is not necessarily a diet food. So we now only eat sashimi - the fish by itself... well sort of. That is what I am very excited to share with you! Leave it to me to figure out how to change traditional sashimi eating rules!

We begin with two key ingredients that top quality sushi restaurants must have; Sushi Maru has both, hands down. The first is an owner who knows that fish must be super fresh and affordable. Ken Miyamoto owns Sushi Maru and he understands this.

The second key ingredient is a chef who knows how to prepare the fish. Sushi Chef Katsu-san's skillful talents speak to this more than any words I write here. There are particular parts of a fish where the taste is above average; only the best chefs know where they are and Chef Katsu-san is among them. We sat at the sushi bar in front of Katsu-san and watched him address the fish with some very sharp knives positioned to match his cutting style. It is truly an art.

Typically, we order a sashimi dinner which comes with miso soup, salad, and ten pieces of three different fish. A small bowl of regular rice is also provided. I have the salad's dressing on the side in a small cup.

I love spicy tuna but eating it in the roll form (maki) means loads of sushi rice, which contains added sugar. So, I order a small serving dish of the spicy tuna without the rice, and it is hot because there is no barrier (the seaweed-sushi rice wrap) to protect you from the hot pepper assault. So, to enjoy the flavor without the overwhelming heat from the peppers, I cut it with a few very small drops of Sushi Maru's great salad dressing. I do the same with the sashimi after dipping it in soy sauce and adding Wasabi (the hot green stuff), I cut that as well with a drop of the dressing. The flavor assault is simply awesome. I showed it to a person who happened to be sitting at the bar near us and he was happily surprised as well. So will you.

If you are not hungry for sushi or sashimi by now, but do love well-prepared fish entrees, fear not. Sushi Maru has that covered with a very good variety on its menu. I continue to be impressed with the quality, atmosphere, service, pricing and, most importantly, the food.

Sushi Maru is located in Milpitas in a shopping center across from Safeway; on the corner of the building that houses Staples. Prices are in the expected range for sushi but expect to spend more because you will have a hard time deciding to quit. It is that good.

Reviewed: December 17, 2010


Sushi Maru
599 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 945-9999


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