Where did I eat?

Maruyama at 3383 Rupert Street in Vancouver.

What do they specialize in?

Japanese food and omakase nigiri.

What was the vibe?

Modern, small, clean.

What did I eat?

I was invited to a special tasting menu by ChineseBites to sample some of their best seafood offerings.


Omakase Nigiri

  • One of Maruyama’s specialties is the omakase nigiri menu item where the chef prepares a selection of fresh nigiri that is constantly changing.
  • The first nigiri plate we had was octopus, red tuna, yellowfin seabream, and horse mackerel.
  • I love red tuna and don’t get to eat it often so I was excited to be able to eat this nigiri.
  • I like how they really take the extra time to present everything in such a beautiful way here.


Omakase Nigiri

  • This platter had red seabream, flounder, sockeye salmon, and yellowtail.
  • Once again every piece was executed to perfection and everything.
  • My favourite on this plate was the yellowtail because of its buttery indulgent flavour.


Omakase Nigiri

  • The farmed bluefin tuna otoro and salmon toro were my favourites of the night and one of the most memorable things I have eaten in a long time.
  • The texture is unbelievably tender and smooth and they both had a wonderful fatty, rich, taste.


Cold Udon

  • Maruyama makes their own fresh udon noodles and it really makes a positive difference in taste and texture.
  • At the tasting we were served with a cold savoury broth and customizable toppings, which were all delicious.
  • I would highly recommend trying the udon here. I can’t think of anywhere in Vancouver that does it better.


Assorted Tempura

  • The tempura was one of the few things I didn’t care for at the tasting.
  • The batter was soggy and not crisp and light like I would have liked
  • I would recommend sticking to noodles and sushi here

Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal

Final Thoughts?

The nigiri and udon here are pretty special and this place stands out amongst most of the standard Japanese restaurants around Vancouver.

Maruyama Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Categories: Japanese, Metro Vancouver, Sushi, Vancouver


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