Maru: "Where To Find "The Army Squad Stew"" Top 5 Page for this destination Ottawa Restaurant Tip by johngayton
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Maru is basically the breakfast room of the Days Inn Hotel on Rideau, which also functions as a restaurant in its own right offering a Korean/Sushi menu at lunchtimes and evenings. The dining room is somewhat spartan with simple wooden tables and chairs on a black & white tiled floor and a few "oriental" decorations on the walls, the combination of which give it a slightly institutional feel. Even though this is not the cosiest of restaurants the service is friendly and attentive and the food authentic, plentiful and reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: The menu is predominantly biased towards the sushi options but there are several Korean dishes including a small selection of "Jjigae" (soup/stews) for 2 to share. Having virtually no knowledge of Korean cuisine I asked our server to explain the Budaijjigae which we finally decided on. "Budaejjigae" quite literally translates as "Army Squad Stew" and is a relatively new addition to the repertoire of Korean cuisine being a dish developed in South Korea towards the end of the Korean war using tinned frankfurters and pork luncheon meat from the US Forces camps as the main source of meat protien whilst keeping to the authentic basic jjigae recipe. (Another post-war addition to Korean cuisine is the almost exclusive use of stainless steel for chopsticks, rice bowls and spoons, replacing the more traditional bamboo and ceramics, in support of the fledgling local steel industry!).
This was excellent and exactly what we wanted as a pre-cinema light dinner on a cold winter's evening, nicely spiced and not too heavy. With a freebie pancake starter, plentiful rice, a couple of kimchee side dishes and washed down with OB Korean beer, the less than
$40 bill for two was excellent value for money.
Address: 319 Rideau, Ottawa
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: On the ground floor of the Days Inn Hotel, opposite Nate's and next to Bytowne cinema.
In the abscence of a website for Maru the link below is rather an interesting Wikipedia article on Korean food in general.
Phone: 613 321 7712
Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim
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