From Iceland — Maru


Published June 24, 2005


It seems to be common practice when one restaurant files for bankruptcy to start another one in its place. In this tradition, Maru is a sushi place by Aðalstræti, where there used to be a sushi place.
Sushi consisting of various combinations of raw material – that is, raw material – mostly raw fish, boiled rice, if the fish is fresh one can stay and leave happy. At Maru, the fish is fresh. Actually, the ten-piece plate menu item “Maru-sushi” was quite delicious, and according to my Italian companion exceeded any sushi she had ever had in Italy.
The environment is enjoyable … grey seems to be the new white, and this particular greyishly coloured space is elegant, yet cozy, in a Scandinavian sort of Japanese manner … add Scandinavian love of soothing South American jazz and you have a strangely harmonious atmosphere.
Grey being the new white, hot chocolate fudge is the new vanilla ice cream. We had ours downstairs, in the bar, where they make decent cocktails and where some nice old fellows tried to sleep at the end of a long national celebration day but were politely shown out. The chocolate fudge was, as so often, the part of the meal that came closest to sublimity.
Maru, Aðalstræti 12, 101 Reykjavík, Phone: 511-4440.

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