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Maru Brings French-Japanese Balance to the West LA Sushi Scene

A restrained interior countered by inventive Japanese fare.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The long-awaited arrival of Maru, Jason Park’s French-leaning Japanese restaurant with a farm-to-table ethos, is finally here. Housed in the former Sasabune space on Wilshire Boulevard in West LA, the fine dining concept showcases a variety of different dining formats under one roof, from omakase sushi (by way of master Itsuroku Kimura) to kaiseki to grab-and-go lunchtime sandwiches. Cocktails come by way of Matt Biancaniello.

Michelle Dokey designed the space alongside Park himself, leading to a warm interior that involves cathedral ceilings, loads of juniper wood, and intimate corners for enjoying your meal. The sushi bar seats fifteen, and there’s a separate private dining space as well, which works for the upcoming holiday season. Natural light flows in from the wraparound glass that fronts the building, while more elegant evening light tones down the room come dinnertime.

Maru opens tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, and commences dinner hours at 6 p.m. nightly.

Maru12400 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA