Masu restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Masu is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Smart Restaurant and Best Drinks List. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.

Masu feels appropriately international: the concrete-and-timber fit-out; the sheer size of the place; the interesting mix of hotel guests and locals. From the street-side bar to the private room, it always has a sense of occasion – even at 11pm on a weeknight or on Sunday mornings, when the restaurant opens for Nichiyo brunch. We love the drinks list – with some rare and unusual sakes and Japanese beers – and the service, which is friendly, accomplished and organised. The food is excellent, a retinue of mostly Japanese classics, expertly executed, with a few innovations and developments. We find it hard to go past the kingfish sashimi and the lamb cutlets seared on the robata grill, and served with a tart mix of gochujang, cucumber, goma dressing, and chives. Flavours are fresh and clean and the techniques are exemplary – some of the best Japanese food of its type in the city.

What it offers: Shared-plate options / À la carte and dégustation / Good for vegetarians / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Sake selection / Good for kids

A favourite dish: Sake-steamed Cloudy Bay clams with ginger, garlic, green chilli and ponzu butter

Hours: Breakfast Sun, Lunch, Dinner 7 days
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$$
Chef: Nic Watt

SkyCity Grand Hotel
90 Federal St
Ph 363-6278
skycityauckland.co.nz

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