Apr 29, 2014 Restaurants
Masu offers the works: small plates and shared plates, private dining, express lunches, pre-show dinners, degustation, lots of vegetarian options, and it has a big bar area out front specialising in local wines and beers and really excellent cocktails. Primarly, though, it’s a robata grill, where the food is barbecued in an open kitchen sited right there in the dining room. There’s also wonderful thick-cut sashimi, light-as-air tempura, gyoza dumplings bursting with flavour… If you can, sit up at the marble bar and watch them prepare it all in front of you. Quiet, intense, so skilled, so creative — it’s a real show.
Why is Masu our supreme winner? The mood is boisterous and the aesthetic informal. It’s smart, sophisticated, cosmopolitan and obviously dedicated to excellence — all of which makes it the epitome of really good dining in the new Auckland. You’ll find many different kinds of customers here: socialites and corporate types with clients, of course, also high rollers from the casino, also a lot of people who’ve saved up for a special night out and really deserve for it to be memorable. At Masu, we’re thrilled to say, that’s what they get.
For Metro’s full Restaurant of the Year coverage, including the Top 50 restaurants in Auckland for 2014, see metroeats.co.nz.
Photos: Simon Young