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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cool, Fine dining, Luxury, Unique
Food Occasions
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining
Perfect for
Group dining [8+], Special occasions


Replacing the original Taka site (the second location in Marylebone remains open), MARU is an intimate Japanese restaurant found in Shepherd’s Market which offers a unique counter dining experience to just 10 guests at a time - at an unsurprisingly high price.

The minimalist space features one long dining counter which has been custom-made for the restaurant, as well as two custom-made fridges displaying aged fish. Adding some more character to the space are artworks by Japanese calligrapher Maaya Wagasuki. On the lower ground floor, there is a welcome area, where guests can enjoy a few drinks before or after their meal.

MARU is overseen by third generation sushi chef Taiji Maruyama and is among the first in the UK to specialise in the Japanese culinary technique of dry ageing fish. The sole food offering here is a 20-course farm-to-table tasting menu, which is served omakase style (a Japanese custom of allowing the chef to create a tailor-made meal for you which champions the best available ingredients at that time).

As such, the menus change daily and are dictated by what is seasonally and locally available and unusually for a Japanese restaurant in London, wherever possible, ingredients are sourced from within the British Isles. Despite this, you can often expect to find luxury ingredients such as Perigord truffle, Wagyu beef and caviar peppered throughout the menu. While the menu will be different on each visit, the sort of dishes you can expect to come across include the likes of eight day dry-aged tuna, a Sussex Namayasai farm garden salad and Brixham squid nigiri topped with Exmoor caviar.

At the end of their meal, guests will receive a gift to take home with them, which includes a breakfast pastry for the next morning, as well as a scarf and a pair of chopsticks.


Can you book MARU?

Yes, booking in advance is essential, as walk-in diners are not accepted.

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Who is the chef at MARU?

Third generation sushi chef Taiji Maruyama oversees the menu.

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Is there a dress code at MARU?

There is no official dress code at MARU, but most guests opt for a smart look.

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This venue also offers

Taka Marylebone

Taka Marylebone


18 Shepherds Market, Mayfair, London, W1J 7QH

020 3637 7677 020 3637 7677


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed


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3 Reviews 

Asli H

10 June 2023  
Food & Drink 3
Service 0
Atmosphere 0
Value 0


18 February 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
The best food experience ever

Never experienced anything like this my whole life. The food was perfection filled with amazing refined tastes, you could taste the freshness of all the ingredients, the Chef really trained his craft so well, the whole Maru team was so lovely and caring, the preparation of the food was just mesmerising and we even received some gifts. Everyone needs this experience at least once in their life!


05 August 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5

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020 3637 7677 020 3637 7677

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