Rating: Two thumbs up
Date: 4/23/13
Time in: 8:35 PM
Time out: 9:47 PM
Servers’ recommendations: Sweet potato pork cutlet, fried chicken bowl, cream toppoki
What we ordered: Sweet potato pork cutlet, seafood pancake with no bell peppers
Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $35.20
Price per person: $11.73


  • The water is lightly flavored and tasty.
  • Surprising X-factor!  We imagined a stiff, trendy place, but due to the server’s kindness and homey cushions, we felt like the restaurant wanted us to be comfortable.
  • The lighting is also lovely, not too dark.
  • The music is too loud and the drinks have a strongly artificial flavor (the mojito tastes like powdered limeade) — our only complaints.
Maru Lounge 1
These drinks sounded exciting but were pretty artificial-tasting.
  • They really know how to fry their food.  Everything is a crispy, delicious golden-brown.  That’s rare on Convoy!
  • We loved the katsu with garlicky sweet potato.

    Maru Lounge 2
    Oooh, this katsu was perfectly cooked.  The sweet potato filling was delicious too!
  • Delicious seafood pancake.

    Maru Lounge 3
    Seafood pancake!  Look at those crisp edges!  And it was very light, not like some that sit in your stomach all night.

4681 Convoy St, Ste A
Phone number: 858.279.8500
Accepts credit cards?  Yes
Parking: Shared lot that’s pretty tiny, but there’s decent turnover, so you can usually squeak into a spot that someone’s pulling out of.
Ideal group size: 1-8
Available vegetarian options: Salads, fruit punch salad, fried tofu salad, sweet potato noodles with vegetables (we’re not sure if these dishes actually are vegetarian, but they sound like it).
Noise level: 3.5 because of the music; otherwise, it would be a 1.

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