With the closure of Aria a year or so ago Oceanside, and North County for that matter, lost its only option for Korean style BBQ. Though Aria was a Korean / Japanese fusion place, also serving sushi, it scratched the itch for decent Korean fare.
Luckily, not only has the void left by Aria’s departure been filled, it has been upgraded in quality by the opening of the new Maru Restaurant. Even going so far as to occupy the same spot as Aria once did, Maru gives cause to smile for those, like myself, who enjoy Korean BBQ without having to drive to Convoy St. to get it. For the record Mana in San Marcos does not fit into the same quality range.
Maru ~ 3744 mission Ave. Corner of Mission and El Camino in the Stater Bros. shopping center.
At the time we were there they were in soft opening mode. They were still training staff, hiring, and did not have a full menu. By the time this post is out they should be up and running fully. We talked with one of the owners and the manager and they are very dedicated to quality of the food and the restaurants success. At the time they were commuting daily from LA to run the restaurant while looking for a place to live down here.
The menu spans appetizers like edamame, goyza, and tempura, to entrees like hot stone bibimbap, chicken and pork katsu, and of course an array of meat choices for table top Korean BBQ.
We started with the assorted Kimichi appetizer.
Assorted Kimichi Appetizer ~ Cucumber, radish, and Napa cabbage kimchi.
All their Kimchi is made in-house, which results in a less brine and fresher Kimchi free of MSG. All were great but my favorite was the radish, followed by the Napa.
Short Rib. The meat was wonderful with lots of marbling. Condiments of Salt, sauce, and a spicy dip accompanied the ribs.
Kalbi Shio ~ Delicious marinated short rib. The marinade packed tons of flavor and again the quality of the meat was top-notch.
My guest also had the hot stone bibimbap, which was also very tasty.
Meat choices run from $15 to $20. I would say for two people two meats and an app. or two would be a good meal. They also have lunch specials and bento boxes which are good for single diners.
Sake and beer is also offered.
The manager had mentioned “all you can eat” but I do not think that has been implemented yet.
3744 Mission Ave. Oceanside
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