Japanese for Sunday brunch! Count me in! I'm so excited that my favourite Japanese restaurant in the entire Auckland region has created a cool international offering with their Nichiyo Brunch. This dining delight offers up Masu's famous robata bar - complete with the best, freshest sashimi in the city - alongside a deliciously sumptuous menu that's perfect for Sunday feasting. We tucked in recently for a special family occasion and, as I write, I'm still dreaming about my genius main course of yellow belly flounder with chilli, daikon, ponzu and lemon. So fresh, so clean, so full of flavour. Masu gets me every time!
Quite simply, Masu is all kinds of awesome. I've never been a big Japanese food fan but this place has me convinced that it's worth eating more of, especially from here. With several amazing menus filled with the most exquisite dishes, you will find yourself eating your way through so many different things. I totally recommend the snapper and the spicy tuna taco. I love how beautifully the food is presented too, each dish is a miniature work of art and several of the menus are designed to be shared, making them ideal for a special occasion too.
If you’ve got a special occasion and love to eat Japanese food then there is no place that offers a better dining experience in Auckland than Masu. From the moment diners enter the glass doors, situated next to the SkyCity Grand Hotel, and into the delicately crafted space, it’s clear that every detail has been thought through. That same kind of attention extends to the quality and freshness of the food, not to mention the cleverly designed table settings. Chef Nic Watt is well-known for his signature flavours and Masu is a Japanese restaurant dining experience that’s all about doing things differently. Don’t miss the taste sensation of refreshing the palate between courses with their most delicious non-alcoholic cleanser. The pokka - a creation of red grapes muddled with lime and aloe vera juice - is a juicy creation of epic proportions.
With a new Eki Ben express lunch special of two courses for $55, Masu has come up with another clever way for those on the go to indulge in their divine Japanese delights. Starting with my absolute new favourite - a yellowfin tuna spicy miso taco (heavenly with a perfect flavour balance) and robata-grilled pink grapefruit tossed through a spinach salad dressed with maple soy (clean, gorgeous goodness) - each dish kept topping the last because of the interesting zesty flavour combinations that are Nic Watt’s signature. I opted for the hapuka with jalapeño and ginger dressing for my main and it was meaty and delicious. And if you’re like me and don’t like to imbibe, try one of their non-alcoholic cleansers instead. I ordered the pokka - red grapes muddled with lime and aloe vera juice. Each sip caused an explosion of freshness in my mouth and it was like drinking natural sherbet. A total sensation!