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Maruya post chef turnover: report [San Francisco]

possumspice | Apr 4, 201508:07 PM

Well, we live basically across the street from Maruya and loved it while Masaki and Hide were there. After their dramatic firing, we have hesitated to return, because it seemed impossible that the quality would be maintained after such an upheaval. I combed the boards looking for reports, couldn't really find any info, so we finally bit the bullet tonight and went.

First of all, the format has changed considerably. You basically can only order omakase, and if you order a la carte, there is an $80 per person minimum. All of this was explained to us fairly gracelessly by our waiter. I could not shake the feeling of being milked for all of our money. I am not a person who cares about service pretty much at all. I notice it if it is exceptionally good or bad. This was the latter.

We made a miscalculation and brought our 4-year old with us. She has successfully made it through many nice dinners out, but tonight was not that night. While we were ordering for her, we asked for miso soup. They told us they did not serve that dish. At the end of the meal, however, after she had left ignominiously escorted by her grandmother, they served us miso soup as our final course.

It doesn't help that we had had an excellent meal at Kusakabe only a week earlier. Basically we were served very large pieces of adequately decent sushi for twice the price of Kusakabe. So disappointed. Will not return.

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