MASU

15.5/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Masu is big, bold and buzzy, serv­ing up con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese food in a slick space in the heart of Auck­land city’s Fed­eral St hub. Whether you’re perched at the bar over­look­ing the ro­bata grill, or seated at one of the chic pale wooden ta­bles watch­ing the wait­staff do their thing, there’s al­ways plenty to look at. The menu is di­vided into dishes from the sushi bar, the kitchen and the afore­men­tioned ro­bata grill, and there’s oo­dles to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for the likes of kombu-cured john dory, per­fect pork and kim­chi gy­oza or Antarc­tic cod with saikyo yuzu miso. Ev­ery dish is vis­ually stun­ning, al­most too pretty to eat, and the wine and sake list is ex­ten­sive. There’s also beer by top Ja­panese craft brew­ery Baird, and the stylish bar at the front of the restau­rant turns out some se­ri­ously good cock­tails. Skycity Grand Ho­tel, 90 Fed­eral St, City, ph: 09-363 6278, masu.co.nz Lunch & din­ner 7 days; shared plates $7-$49 IN BRIEF Mod­ern Ja­panese in a sleek, buzzing set­ting

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