Savor  a French-and-Japanese-Inspired Menu at Maru in Santa Monica

Chef Jason Park offers an eclectic menu at Maru in Santa Monica.

Chef Jason Park serves eclectic menu offerings at Maru restaurant in Santa Monica. If you’re looking for some creative eating in LA, this delicious pairing will tempt your palate!

Maru made its new home just outside Santa Monica this summer, taking over the space once occupied by Sushi Sasabune. Now, the French-and-Japanese-inspired spot has emerged from a monthlong makeover. Chef Jason Park dreams up eclectic menu offerings, including crispy duck risotto and an extensive sushi menu. This, complemented by a carefully curated wine and sake menu, with a heavy focus on selections from California and France. When Park isn’t firing up the stoves, expect to find him browsing Santa Monica’s farmers markets for inspiration and fresh seasonal produce, often paired with fish flown in overnight from Japan. Let’s just say we’re hooked, line and sinker. 12400 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.820.7240. —Lesley McKenzie

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