I’ve always HEART Japanese food and I confess I have been here more than a fair few times in the past. But what I can say this place delivers quality FRESH seafood. Masuya (Basement Level, 12-14 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000) is conveniently located in the CBD near Wynyard station, only a short distant walk . It’s perfect for people who work near by can easily grab a bento box and go.
It gets me excited every time I think of fresh oysters waiting for me to gobble them up, the finely cut sashimi pieces plated on a decorated wooden shaped boat and the flavoursome rice and crisp seaweed wrapped together really gets me asking for more.
We started with the King & Queen Platter ($72) an excellent combination of assorted sushi & sashimi including lightly grilled salmon and scallop sushi, sweet teriyaki eel roll, chicken avocado roll, tuna and the layers of fish roe sushi. I just love the joy of bursting the saltiness liquid. It’s like liquid fireworks every single time I take a bite.
Next appetizer Masuya Sashimi Boat ($79) and Ocean Jewel Boat ( $88) a selection of fresh local fish, scampi, tuna, salmon, scallop and fish of the day.
After a mixture of entrées the mains arrived we were contemplating whether to dig into deep fried Hokkaido Scallops ($24.80) first or the Wagyu Beef Teriyaki 230g ($34.80) seeing as how well it was presented to us. Both main dished combines so well with their signature rice.
Caramelised Wagyu Beef was cooked to perfection. Outside trenched in teriyaki sauce, chewy and inside was soooo juicy and tender. Under the perfection of meat was creamy mashed potato which soaked up the meaty sauce.
The huge chunks of Hokkaido Scallops was delicious. We could smell the deep fried oil miles away before it arrived to our table. Like soldiers the scallops gathered around a dollop of homemade tartar sauce & tonkatsu sauce.
With food tasting this good, it’s a tradition to order a few drinks along the way. The Gyokuro Green Tea Shake ($5.80) tasted just exactly like green tea added with Tasmanian Honey and syrupy red beans. After a sip or two we discovered they have sake cocktails and we rushed to order Passion Impression ( $9.8) a pop of passionfruit flavour Sake and passionfruit syrup soda. My tastebuds captured the bitterness and sweetness. Lychee Dream ($9.8) a blend of Sake, plum wine, lychee syrup. The sweet lychee really helped soften the taste of sake.
With our bodies fighting to keep warm due to the selections of dishes that are served cold and continuous sips of our cocktails. We ordered the Sapporo Hot Pot ($55.00 ) hot pot which quickly warmed our souls from brain freeze. This is a must order if you like seafood and soy milk, no other Japanese restaurant has soy milk base soup. Perfect for winter warmers. They do have other variety of hot pots but the table always ends up with this one. Guess it’s hard to say no once you’ve tried it.
JUST LOOK AT THE CRAB! It’s happily enjoying the time of it’s life soaking in the yummy soy milk hot pot spa.
To sum up I enjoyed the seafood! And service their is exceptionally friendly. We didn’t have the chance to try the desserts because our stomach was already bloated, but we most certainly will try it next time. Just got to remember next time not to over order on entrée but then again It’s food! I can never refuse food! 😛
Photos by Vanny Tang