There are diners who still won’t set foot in a sushi restaurant because they “don’t eat raw fish.” You can explain what “sushi” means until your gills turn purple — it’s “vinegar rice,’” people! — to no avail, but maybe this picture will help.
Meet the Jaws Roll from Maru Sushi & Grill. See that massive cut curving above the plate like a Flintstones bronto rib? That’s a kama (collar bone cut) from a yellowtail hamachi, a large fish used in sushi preparation. It’s a highly valued cut because the fish doesn’t use the surrounding muscles as much. Fish do not use their shoulders to swim, nor do they shrug, or even have shoulders. The result is a molly-coddled, buttery flesh similar to the white meat on chicken.
The Jaws Roll ($19) consists of a choice of salmon or hamachi fish kama and albacore on furikake seasoned rice. The kama is fried with panko bread crumbs and served with gochujang, a sweet chili paste, and “fantasy sauce,” a red spicy-sweet creation. And it’s divine.
Because all fish at Maru comes in fresh daily and because it’s such a select cut, only a few kamas can be served in a day. So give the sushi chefs at Maru a break if they’re out, and take the opportunity to order something off the sashimi list. That’s the raw fish.
Maru Sushi & Grill
1500 W. Lake Lansing Road Suite A1, East Lansing
11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday;
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday Saturday;
11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
(517) 337-1500, marurestaurant.com
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