Maruchu is the Japanese version of BBQ (opposed to the typical Korean style). Selections of great-quality meat.
Reservations are a must if you want one of the three tables with the built-in grills (other seats use portable stoves).
I had been waiting to try this place for a while, and I finally had my chance.
Let's start with the service. It was really good. Since the workers are actually Japanese and a little bit on the older side, I mean not 20ish, the service was excellent. It wasn't too busy, so I have no idea what it would be like then, but it was warm and friendly and consistent this night.
Price: It's expensive, no doubt about that. So it's a treat for most people and not a place you can go to for BBQ very often. A few other dishes they serve are cheaper but still a bit high, however, the quality seems to account for the high prices.
Food: Food was generally excellent. Although not the same as BBQ in Japan, it's about as close as you can get considering they don't have access to high quality products here like in Japan. All the meats were nice. Some had a bit too much fat on them, but that was maybe 2 out of the 8 or so we had. It would have been nice to have a bit of variety in the sauces they used. It was the same for each meat, which in Japan should be at least 3 different ones. Not a bit deal, but could be easily improved. The meat was all tender though, and the other dishes we had were nice. The plum daikon salad was refreshing. I was filled up by the end of the meal, and ended it with a scoop of their home made ice cream. It was very nice. Totally reminded me of the high concentrated milk candies Japan makes so well.
The one bad thing about my dinner was the music they were playing. They had CFOX blaring hard rock throughout the restaurant which I thought was completely out of whack. It didn't make for a relaxing dinner. Please, change the station to something more enjoyable! The washrooms could have been a bit cleaner as well.
Overall this is a really nice place to get Japanese style BBQ and it's owned and ran by Japanese people. I will definitely go back again, when I can save enough money to cover the bill!! haha!
I've dined at Maruchu on many occasions over the past two years and I've got to say that it's one of my favourite dining spots in Richmond. Maruchu is a Japanese-run restaurant offers authentic, cook-it-yourself Japanese BBQ that is only open for dinner. I've tried everything on the menu and am confident enough to say that the food here is terrific. However, as the my rating suggests, service and ambiance can be lacking at times. Overall, Maruchu offers a solid dining experience.
Food - 4 - Patrons come to Maruchu for one thing and one thing only: the meat. That said, they do offer appetizers such as daikon salad, seaweed soup, beef tartar, etc. They taste okay but my advice would be to skip all that and go straight to the meat. I recommend four "must have" dishes, as follows: 1) salted pork belly, 2) karubi with green onion (ribeye beef), 3) premium kalbi (beef short ribs) and 4) the "really" spicy curry chicken (warning: hot!). Each dish contains about 8 to 9 pieces, which means that the four dishes above can feed anywhere between 2 to 4 people, depending on the diners' gender and appetite. Their other dishes are also very good but not as memorable as the four "must haves". Oh and their beer is served in ice chilled mugs which is always a plus.
Note: One advice that I would give is to avoid ordering multiple quantities of one dish. From experience, you will get less than you should if you don't take this advice. Instead, order once and re-order it again when you are done. My other advice is to pay attention to the cooking because the grill is very hot and you'll burn your food is you aren't careful.
Service - 3 - Friendly when available, but generally invisible. Menu comes in both English and Japanese but the staff is more proficient with the latter. A simple point of the finger will overcome any language barrier.
Value - 3 - Meat dishes range from $7 to $12 if I'm not mistaken, which averages to about $1 per piece. That might sound expensive, especially if we're cooking ourselves, but for the quality and taste of the food, I think it's fair.
Ambiance - 2 - This place stinks, literally. It's to be expected, but it makes you wonder why they even bothered installing ventilation when they don't intend on using it. Prepare to walk out smelling like smoke and what not, but it's the price you pay for good authentic Japanese BBQ. Decor is simple and the place is clean - enough for a passing grade.
Despite the seemingly average ratings, I recommend Maruchu to all BBQ and meat lovers if you could careless about service or ambiance. Drop by when you're in Richmond, follow my advice on food choice and ordering, and you'll have a dandy good time!
Food- The food was so good! We ordered beef, pork and chicken. I tried cow tongue bbq for the first time and at first I was not sure about trying it but after I did I can say that it tastes very good. It just tastes like regular beef. The kalbi (high quality beef) was very tender and only needed a few seconds on each side on the grill since it was cut in a nice size. The grill gives the meat a nice taste.
Service- The staff was helpful but since it was a small restaurant there was only 2 waitresses working on the floor and one would have to wait awhile before being served. But the food came very fast after being ordered.
It was my friend's birthday and when we ordered dessert they came out with a lit candle and dimmed the lights to sing happy birthday which was nice.
Value- This is not a cheap restaurant, the food is on the pricey side but you get good food for what you pay. Just be prepared for the receipt to be on the pricey side.
Ambiance- I felt that the place was clean. The grills were changed halfway through our dinner and the meat was placed very neatly on the dish without leaving the blood everywhere.
All in all I'd like to go back, the only thing holding me back would be the price which is worth it though.
If you like to cook your meat by yourself at your own pace, this is the place to go to. We get the cravings for Japanese BBQ at least once a month and this is where we come. The Kalbi is good ($10) and the Tontoro ($7) is my wife's favourite. Add a soup, a couple more dishes of meat and a cold noodle and we are fully satisfied. The place isn't too busy but give them a call an hour in advance just to be on the safe side. The service is standard but the food is tasty and interior is clean so it's a great place to take a few friends and happily grill away while downing a few beers.
We took the $45 package and have asked them to replace spicy beef tongue with chicken. The waitress had to ask the chef (or probably the owner) for approval to replace beef tongue and they told us that they only allow it once. The minimum order for that package was two so we order 2 of the $45 package.
It is a good experience to be on a real japanese bbq restaurant and the food+service was great but I think it's too expensive for us so we will probably not to go back again.
I went there with my sister tonight.
The food is awesome, really tasty.
The service is great, very attentive. However, the food was a little bit slow and there were no one at all eating at the time. We went in at 6pm Monday and we were wondering why no one eat here, because the food is soooo yummy.
2 Kimchi, 2 Pork cheek (Ton Toro), 1 Pork Belly, 1 Pork Belly with Maruchu special sauce, 1 Chicken, 1 Kalbi Tare (marinated boneless beef rib), 1 Kalbi with green onion, 1 Harami (skirt steak-OMG SO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), 1 seaweed soup, 1 bean sprout soup, and 3 rice.
The damage was $91.50, with tax it's $96.08
it's about $7 to $10 per dish, $4 for kimchi and soup, $2 for rice.
Other than DIY BBQ (they also have things like beef tongue, beef liver, lamb, spicy curry chicken, for bbq.) they also have bibimbap, bibim noodle, cold noodle, etc.
A little hard to find the restaurant, you can barely see the sign, but you won't regret it.
Love this restaurant because:
1. Quality food: Ordered chicken, pork belly, pork cheek, short ribs, rib-eye, house salad and bibimba. Very good quality food, not your typical all you can eat food. The chicken and pork was lightly seasoned, therefore you can actually taste the meat, not the marinate.
2. Warm-hearted service. Owned and run by Japanese people. Not the typical "pretend" to be Japanese restaurant. The staff were very attentive and helpful.
3. Menu: A good size menu to make sure the food is fresh. Real food-lovers will understand why a menu like this is much better than a yellow-pages thick menu.
4. If you like quality food, this is your restaurant to go!
Will definitely go back!!
This would be a Japanese take on Korean BBQ which means the cuts are all made bite size and easy to eat. I've been to a few of the Korean (likely chinese owned) BBQ places and the service was barely tolerable, and the food was basically chunks of meat (I was given dirty scissors to cut the meat with). I'm not sure how the authentic Korean BBQ works cause I've never eaten it in Korea but I have eaten it in Japan. This basically mirrors that experience. Don't expect too much on the menu, it's a typical yakiniku house with a few cuts of beef, tongue, stomach and few noodle and rice dishes. Because it is a Japanese take on Korean BBQ, it's a gentler taste which might turn some people off so.. it might be accurate to say it's an authentic take on Korean BBQ you'd find in Japan. PS- Service is kind and attentive (typically japanese)
This little restaurant is tucked away behind No.3 road and delivers a solid Japanese yakiniku experience.
Food: It's yakiniku, so expect to be doing a little cooking yourself. But the meat is tender and well marinated - recommend the tontoro, pork belly and kalbi. Cuts can be a little small though, so for bigger eaters it may be better to order a big more as one serving only comes with about 8 slices. Seaweed soup, salad and kimchi are pretty standard, it's really the meat that stands out.
Service: Waitresses are Japanese, so you know the place is authentic. Very polite and helpful. Our waitress actually asked if it was our first time (it was) and recommended several dishes and helped us order the right amount. She also helped us with tips on cooking/eating the dishes as well. Only problem was that they never came to refill tea or change the grill until we really waved them down.
Value: Dishes run about $7-12. There are a couple 'party menus' which offer a good range of their best dishes - good for first-timers. However, big-eaters may need to order more to leave the restaurant full.
Ambiance: Clean and modern. Bathrooms were very clean as well. Ventilation is a problem - but I find this is the case with most BBQ places, you'll end up smelling like your dinner when you leave.
Overall, definitely worth a try for something different and authentic - and you'll leave happy
If you like Korean copy food this is the place for you. They are huge and I am not lying. They prepare the meat so quickly and the price is expensive. Nothing to praise about this place.I trust you know koreans do it better and better prices.
I was big fun of this restaurant and used to go there once in a month. I tried most of all restaurant which offers "Yakiniku" and this restaurant was the best. however I noticed service and quality is getting worse and worse. server have attitude all the time except one lady, rice was too hard to eat (as if it was left over). if you a re looking for decent Japanese BBQ, go this restaurant but don't expect service.