The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese cuisine (or $35 worth of cuisine if redeemed Monday through Wednesday) at Maru Maki in Long Beach.
Maru Maki's menu lists and pictures inspired sushi rolls and traditional Japanese dishes. Starters such as the vegetable tempura ($5.50) or green mussels ($7.50) create a pleasing meal commencement, and the spicy calamari ($8) sates the spice-craving taste buds of pescetarians. Crunch on the popcorn-lobster roll, a california roll topped with tempura lobster and jalapeños ($12), or chew on the smoked salmon, crab, shrimp, and obligatory drizzle of molten rock that gather together in the volcano roll ($12.95). Sashimi fans can spear the yellowtail or tuna ($9.95 for six pieces) or snag the sashimi dinner, which features 15 pieces of sashimi and a bowl of miso soup and rice ($17.95).
For patrons preferring unraw eats, Maru Maki also churns out an array of noodle-based selections ($7.50–$8.75) and bento boxes ($8.50–$12.95). Japanese-influenced desserts, including green-tea ice cream ($3) and tempura ice cream ($5), bring the meal to a sweet and completely unpredictable conclusion.