Maruhide has been in the manufacturing and processing business for more than 3 decades. Right after the start of the retail restaurant, its fame has grown wider mostly due to bargained price uni.
You can learn all about Maruhide and lines of sea urchin products on their website. Meanwhile, here're some of the pictures from my lunch dining experiences.
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Asahi beer $3 -
Salad that comes with the chirashi -
Sea cucumber Carpaccio $11.8 -
You can also choose either tuna, salmon, or scallop for the Carpaccio.
Bottom: crispy green salad $7.8. Top: marinated sea urchin with squid roll $6.5 -
Didn't realize that the Carpaccio comes with a plateful of leafy greens, otherwise I would have never ordered the crispy salad.
Marinated uni is not as common as the fresh counterpart here in CA. As a result, ordering a roll is a good way to see if the flavors are as attractive as fresh uni. If you ended up loving marinated uni, Maruhide sells bottles with different seasonings ranging from olive oil, chili, squid, yuzu & chili, and original that you can take home with.
Sea urchin cream pasta $13.8 -
The uni pasta from EMC in Los Angeles tastes way better.
Nigiyaga bowl $19.8 -
Overall, the price is pretty good considering the amount of fresh seafood you get. Taste-wise, it's neighter outstanding nor different from other similar restaurants. However, if you're craving for some Santa Barbara uni, Maruhide would be a money saving place to go for.
Cindy's Rating: 6 (good quantity but taste-wise not so memorable quality)
Maruhide Uni Club 丸秀
2130 West Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch 11:30 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ~ 10 p.m.