MARU, Mt Kiara. 2-in-1 Jap & Korean. Truly Value for Moolah!

I remember reading a few posts on Venicia (in Bangsar Puteri) & Fiesta, Mont Kiara lately & subsequently leaving a remark to Sean about how it would be interesting to hunt those lesser known food outlets, cozily tucked away in condos.

And by some crazy twist of events I found another gem of such praise-worthy restaurant in Angkupuri Condominium, on Jalan Kiara itself.

maru signage

Driving around Mt Kiara aimlessly after feeling disappointed to find Patisserie RUI closed, I called up a close real estate friend (who lives nearby) & asked her about the CHEAP Jap & Korean place she was raving about few weeks ago.

“Oh, come come! I haven’t had lunch yet either!”, she chirped cheerily on the phone.

Ah, great. Not a trip wasted then, I thought as I swung into her condo.

Maru, SURPRISINGLY, is actually under the umbrella of Shogun & Saisaki group of restaurants.

shogun

The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of Angkupuri Condominium and there are separate sections/rooms for the kitchen & dining (funnily, it is not all housed within one big outlet).
For inside dining, one will be ushered into one of the many private dining rooms.

interior

Which is great, for you’ll get privacy, plus any ruckus you make with your gang of dining partners will be “contained” within the thin walls 😉

As you can see above, they have this interesting circular tanks of live seafood, allowing patrons to choose their ‘prey’ and have it prepared on the spot for their dining pleasure.

However, I didn’t think live seafood in tanks are anything new..till I saw this….

live octupus

..and my friend said it will be caught and slained on the spot to prepare this!

octopus1

Too bad I missed the action of the preparation since she only told me that after the meal!

Anyhow, should you prefer dining alfresco style, out in the open by the pool, enjoying the cool caressing breeze and sounds of water, the outdoor tables are just as comfortable.

MARU - outside

My friend took charge of ordering while I browsed through the menus.
Yup, Maru got not one, but TWO wide-ranging menus for each of their Korean and Japanese offerings.

The free flow ban chan (Korean side dishes) were laid out as we tried to decide on the rest of our lunch.

banchan

And a complimentary trio of appetiser was served to each one of us shortly after we placed our orders.

Deep fried soft- shelled crab & fresh fillets of fish plus a cute pork dumpling (siew mai lookalike)

appetizer trio

Not bad, the crab and fish was fresh and its flesh sweet. The “siew mai” thing was forgettable though.

Their Sashimi is a must -order, my friend had said, and went on gushing & swooning about how fresh it was on her previous visits and how the cuts were very sweet and succulent.

Sashimi (5 kinds of fish) Rm25.

sashimi

And I have to agree whole-heartedly. It was REALLY, REALLY fresh with each cut thick, firm and moist.
Feeling very pleased, we added orders of Tekka Maki (tuna sushi) RM10 & Sushi Nigiri Special, RM28 & both were up to expectations.
I love the vinegared rice of each piece of sushi. It was perfectly cooked, with each grain firm and the overall gobbet of rice not too compact. Plus the amount of vinegar was in good balance too.

sushi

When dining Korean, the BBQ meats are a must. We had the Marinated Sliced Pork for RM30.
Instead of having it grilled in front of us, my friend requested for it to be grilled and cut in the kitchen as she was worried of getting smoky smell in her hair and outfit.

Pork - BBQ

Myself, an unagi fan, ordered the Korean Unagi, RM30.

Korean unagi

It arrived looking very impressive, all mahogany glazed and shining with promise. I could bare wait to pop a slice into my mouth.

Sadly it was a let-down as the sauce was wayyyyy too infuriatingly sweet and I could barely enjoy the flesh of the eel. Neither could my 3 other dining companions.

During the feedback session, Chef Eric apologised and explained that the Koreans and Japanese actually enjoyed it prepared this way. However, he acknowledges that Asian has milder tastebuds.

chef

For the sake of a balanced diet, our order of Kani Kama Tataki, RM12 was a good choice with its creamy tangy dressing.
However, I wished that they had thrown in better quality crab sticks instead of the generic ones. Even Pasta Zanmai serves better crab sticks!

Another thing to note about this place, the chef has a tendency of sending surprise dishes ON THE HOUSE your way.
For 4 of us, we had a few complimentary dishes on top of the Appetiser Trio and Fruits (which my friend said its customary).
The Avocado Tofu roll below is complimentary.

fresh

This delicious Japchae (stir fried clear noodles) with Beef Slices and Vegetables was complimentary as well.
With generous fillets of tender beef & loads of capsicums, sweet peas, carrots, mushrooms & wood fungus, it is worth the price of RM20 if ordered ala-carte.

korean noodles

So, the 4 of us were stuffed to the brim and I couldn’t even fit in dessert. And we only paid about RM25 each.
receipt

MARU, what a great find!

OPEN DAILY:
1130am – 3pm
5.30 – 10pm

Category : General