We have been here several times and agree it is amongst the best sushi we've had (in Grand Rapids.) I love the look of the place and the location next to brewery Vivant.
Here's my little story:
The very first time I went here they had a fish I had never tried before so I was super excited to try the Escalar. It was amazing. Really amazing, so buttery and flavorful. I just couldn't believe how good this was. So, I ordered it the next time, and the next time. Then I told my wife, "that's it, the next time we come here I'm ONLY going to order the escalar. It's the best nigiri I've had in ages." I was telling all my friends about this wonderful fish, all my colleagues at work, everyone. Then I decided to see just what this guy looked like that I loved to eat so much. When I Googled ESCALAR all these warnings popped up like; "Ex-Lax fish" "The so called Diarrhea fish" "Banned in some countries"
WTF? As it turns out This delicious little bottom feeder cannot digest the plant resins, fats, and oils so they end up in the meat of the fish causing it to be full of flavor and giving it a buttery texture. We naked apes also cannot digest these same fats. We however do not end up storing them in our flesh. No they end up, well in (or out rather) our ends. Our rear ends. Too much Escalar decidedly causes uncontrollable explosive diarrhea. Google it.
I am SO glad I did not only order a large plate of Escalar the last time I went to Maru sushi and grill. In this case too much of a good this is bad, really stinking bad.
Do however order some, just less than 6 ounces apparently. Also if you have never had Hamachi Kama, you are really missing out. It is a grilled neck of yellowtail. Outstanding.
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