One of the shining stars in Skycity’s Federal St dining precinct, Nic Watt’s Masu is always bustling. The large open-plan, robata grill kitchen and elegant, clean layout draws guests who drop in for drinks, snacks and share plate dinners at this lively central Auckland venue. Watt’s dedication to fresh ingredients is evident in details like fresh dumpling dough and crispy fresh tempura vegetables, and great attention is paid to presentation and style, especially with signature dishes like the stunning cedar-roasted Marou chocolate and hazelnut pudding with caramel miso ice cream. With a wine and sake list guaranteed to suit every palate, and a knowledgeable front-of-house team who are always happy to help, Masu’s popularity as a central Auckland food destination is assured.
90 Federal St, City, 09 363 6278, skycityauckland.co.nz/ restaurants/masu Lunch & dinner 7 days; mains $28-$40
Bustling Japanese in IN BRIEF the heart of the city