Monday, December 21, 2009

Masuya, Sydney

It seems really odd that I have been blogging all this year and I haven't mentioned Masuya until now. I have always been a big fan of Masuya, part of the Masuya group of restaurants which also includes the two Makoto sushi bars, Miso and Musashi. Masuya is the best of of this group of restaurants (in my opinion), delivering high quality seafood and other pretty decent Japanese dishes that you would expect to see on a typical Japanese restaurant menu. There's nothing too out there, there's nothing really mind-blowing, but it's definitely one of the best quality in the city area. And it's conveniently located near Wynyard station, making it the perfect after-work dinner spot for me and some lovely ladies.
We descend the dark steps into the basement level restaurant, and I am trying to remember why it has been so long since my last visit to the restaurant. Probably because I'm now a lot further away from the city, and there are so many great, cheap Japanese restaurants north of the bridge. But I'm still looking forward to dinner here, my three favourite things here being the drinks, the tonkatsu and the copious amounts of sashimi.
Gyokuro Green Tea Shake ($5.80) - Gyokuro matcha powder, milk, tasmanian honey, sweet red bean
I don't have to spend long perusing the mocktail menu, I already know I'm getting the green tea shake. Masuya was the first place that introduced me to the awesomeness that is green tea milkshakes, though the ones that they serve here are not too strong on the matcha flavouring. It's still deliciously sweet and rich, with fresh whipped cream on top (I always appreciate that over the horrible canned whipped cream).
Makiko's Mango Pretty ($7.80) - Fresh mango, yoghurt & milk, tasmanian honey and fresh lime juice
Karen gets the very cutely named Makiko's Mango Pretty, which tastes so freaking good that Linda & I end up ordering one for ourselves later in the night. In-season fresh mangoes make this drink explode with flavour, while the sweetness of the mango and honey is nicely offset by the slight tang of yoghurt and lime juice.
King & Queen Platter ($69.00) - Combination of assorted sushi & sashimi, includes scampi,tuna, salmon, eel & teriyaki chicken avocado roll
These girls weren't kidding when they said they could eat a lot of sushi and sashimi. We end up ordering two HUGE platters of sushi and sashimi. If there's one thing you can expect from Masuya, it's that they will give you an awesome sushi platter. They even serve some on huge wooden boats. But the ones we get this time are just on big heavy plates, the first one is a mix of sushi and sashimi. The price tag might scare you at first, but if you look at the quality pieces of seafood and other sushi on the plate, you are definitely getting good value for money. I am lucky enough to get that sweet piece of aburi scallop sushi, perfect and plump with just a slight char on the exterior. I happily grab up the salmon, eel, scampi and tuna, and start to realise I can eat a lot more sushi than I previous thought. There's also a huge pile of seaweed salad hidden under that ice bowl of scampi, which I slowly pick at after my stomach has had its fair share of fish.
Sashimi Platter Special ($58.00) - scampi, scallop, salmon, hokki, kingfish & tuna
The sashimi platter is more of the same awesomeness. I like how they serve the sashimi here, in fat, short chunks, which are perfect for popping into your mouth. The only thing that is sliced a little thinly is the scallop. This platter is a little more expensive, obviously, but all the sashimi is very fresh. And we are happy, happy girls.
Mmm look at all that sashimi goodness...
Katsutama Pork Loin ($21.80) - cooked tonkatsu pork with egg onion sauce
The dish I HAVE to get everytime I come to Masuya is the Katsutama pork loin. The crispy crumbed tonkatsu pork is drowning in a deliciously sweet sauce filled with egg and strips of onion. You have to eat it straight away if you want to get the bits of pork while they are still crunchy, since the sauce is quite watery. But the pork still tastes awesome even after it goes soggy. I would definitely recommend ordering this dish with a bowl of rice, so that you get the most of that eggy sauce.
Tempura Seafood ($19.80) - prawns, oysters, scallops, fish & vegetables cooked in pure soy bean oil
Linda managed to sneak in an order of tempura seafood while I wasn't paying attention, and I could see the waiters eyes bugging out a little at the mass of food that us four girls were attempting to consume. But we didn't care, we just plowed in and ate still we were stuffed full. I was saving myself more for the sushi and katsu, so I only nibbled at a piece of tempura eggplant, but it seemed decent enough.
Kingfish Wing Nitsuke ($16.80) - cooked with mirin, soy, ginger & served with tofu
Ellie's favourite dish was the kingfish wing and it was easy to see why. The slabs of kingfish wing came in a sweet marinade and was similar to the kingfish wing I've had at Sakana-Ya. The meat was firm, moist and very moreish, and the thick slab of tofu was soaking up all that lovely marinade as well.

After that epic round of eating, mixed in with girly conversation and yummy mocktails, it was easy to remember why Masuya has been one of my favourite sushi places in the city for many years. It's definitely not cheap, there are plenty of cheaper places around, but the quality of the seafood is what you are paying for, and I think it's worth it.
Masuya Japanese Seafood Restaurant
Basement Level, 12-14 O'Connell Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

(02) 9235 2717, (02) 9231 0038

Mon-Fri (Lunch ) : 12:00 - 14:30 (Last Order)

Mon-Sun (Dinner) : 18:00 - 22:00 (Last Order)

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  1. What a feast for 4 people - I always want to order way too much as well.

    The mango drink sounds yummy, and the sushi looks so fresh!

  2. The kingfish wing looks and sounds delicious! And I'll have to get the pork the next time I go there - your description has totally sold me!

  3. Omg I'm drooling over those photos! I've got the biggest sushi craving now after reading your post - when's the next sushi outing?!

  4. I haven't been here for a while myself, and really should take my husband - he is a keen sushi and sashimi eater but has never been!

  5. Wow, that's a lot of sushi but it looks very good! OK noted about the pork, will get that when I go! :D

  6. I am still full looking at the amount of sushi and sashimi we have ordered :) The pork katsu is definitely the must!! We finished the plate before everything else.

  7. Totally awesome meal! They should rename it the "Queen and Queens Platter" in honour of you girls and your fabulous eating skills.

  8. Awww Steph - I was torn between reading this and skipping it because I felt bad I couldn't join you guys for dinner that night! The food you ordered - you are all so damn slim - where does it all go? Next time I want to go with you guys!

  9. Oh! I didn't know this restaurant existed!!! And where do you work Steph... just around the city?

  10. I really have to move to Australia...this is getting unreasonable. All the fresh food, Kylie Kwong, Nick Perry and more...

  11. missklicious - The mango drink was great, so much better than those heavy mango drinks that use mango puree

    Forager - Yes get the pork! It is such a winner!

    Jacq - Soon soon! And you have to come!

    mademoiselle délicieuse - Oh you should take him! I always expect it to be bleh but I've never been disappointed

    Lorraine - Yeah we went a bit nuts! The pork is sooooo good!

    Ellie - hahaha I know right? Yeah I was surprised at how quickly we gobbled it up!

    Conor - Heehee I think they should too!

    Trissa - Aww don't feel bad! You couldn't have missed out on your dinner plan, it was far too good an opportunity to turn down! We'll just go again :D

    Trisha - Really? It's been there for ages! No I work out West, but most ppl I meet up with are usually in the city

    Kitchen Butterfly - Haha! Yes we are quite lucky :)

  12. I'm craving Jap again hehehe. Shall we go again? :P


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