Happy Monday, friends!
My mom, sister and I had the BEST girls weekend this weekend in Downtown Detroit. On Friday, we checked into our hotel, relaxed a little bit and then headed out to dinner at Maru Sushi and Grill in Detroit.
Maru is a Japanese restaurant known for offering sharable plates, udon soups and AMAZING sushi rolls. They’re located in the Federal Building downtown and the inside of the restaurant is modern and edgy.
We sat at a table next to the window, which was great for people watching! There were lots of people walking around downtown for the North American International Auto Show.
Let’s get down to the food. For starters, we had:
- Edamame: freshly steamed soybeans with sea salt (vegan-friendly).
- Fried tofu: choice of sweet or spicy tofu with toasted sesame seeds. You guys. This fried tofu was in-sane. Oh my god. We had an awesome mix of sweet and spicy and the flavor was out of this world. The tofu had a little bit of a caramelized crust and the inside was cooked perfectly. I crave this tofu – it was that good. Even if you’re not a huge tofu fan, you should definitely give this a try — it just might change your mind! (Vegan-friendly).
- Spicy Cucumber Salad: spinach pesto and toasted almond. Typically pesto is made with cheese, but I checked with the waitress and this pesto is vegan-friendly!
What I love about Maru is that they have a ton of veggie-friendly options throughout their menu. We each had sushi rolls for dinner and they were all amazing! I had the Archer roll, my sister had the Boogie Veggie roll and my mom had the Crunchy Shrimp. I’ve also had the Simply Green roll in a previous visit, which was also super yummy.
- Archer Roll: asparagus, mango, organic tofu, roasted red pepper, avocado and served with maru green goddess dressing (vegan-friendly)
- Boogie Veggie Roll: radish sprouts, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, kampyo, topped with tempura fried sweet potato and maru dressing (vegan-friendly)
- Simply Green Roll: cucumber, avocado, kampyo, mixed greens and maru dressing (vegan-friendly)
Other plant-based items you might consider trying:
- Romano Red Potato: with creamy basil sour cream and romano cheese (vegetarian-friendly)
- Maru Kale Salad with Baguette: fresh kale, red quinoa, dried apricot, golden beets, potato, red onion, edamame, basil sour cream, romano cheese, sweet onion with poppy seed vinaigrette (vegetarian-friendly; omit sour cream and cheese if vegan)
- House Salad: iceberg lettuce, mixed greens, cucumber, red pepper, tomato, carrot, edamame with ginger dressing (vegan-friendly)
- Noodles & Soups:
- Kimchi and Rice: with cucumber and sesame seeds (vegan-friendly)
- Seaweed Salad: with toasted sesame seeds and cucumber (vegan-friendly)
- Miso Soup: organic miso, silken tofu, scallion and wakame (vegan-friendly)
- Vegetable Udon Soup: savory noodle soup with tempura sweet potato, broccoli, shiitake mushroom, onion, tempura crunch, scallion, wakame in a clear broth and an inari nigiri (vegan-friendly)
- Mt. Veggie Udon Soup: savory noodle soup, with yuzu sauce, wakame, lime, japanese mountain vegetables, shiitake mushroom, tempura crunch, scallion and grilled inari in a clear broth and an inari nigiri (vegan-friendly)
- Sushi Rolls:
- Green Turtle Roll: radish sprouts, cucumber, tomato, avocado, mixed greens, asparagus, kampyo, in soy paper with maru dressing (vegan-friendly)
- Rio Grande Roll: avocado, asparagus, red pepper, tomato, serrano pepper, guacamole and pico de gallo (vegan-friendly)
- Super Mario Roll: marinated shiitake mushroom, radish sprouts, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, red pepper, tempura crunch, served with crimini mushroom, pickled radish and a chef’s salad on the plate (vegan-friendly)
With so many plant-based options to choose from, I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Maru! : )