Would we go back:
330 East Hennepin Avenue
• NIKU-MAN (steamed buns) Chicken Teriyaki $7.50 (Shared)
• Soba Tempura $12.50
Masu is one of the most talked about restaurants in NE lately and I can see why. First the decor is really cool and fun. Even our son who is four commented it on how he liked the decorations. Even on an early Sunday it was hopping, it was not packed, but there were more than one would expect.
The food was good I gave no complaints about anything I ate. The tempura was light and wonderful, the steamed buns were tasty. Everything else I sampled from Steve and our son were good as well. You could tell everything was very high quality. You did pay for it, but in reality I expect to and don't really get upset about paying for good quality things.
• KANI Snow Crab Sushi $5.50
• Beef Udon $12
I really enjoyed Masu. We showed up early on a Sunday night without reservations, and we were able to get in. The crowd was dressed up for a Sunday night, and it looked to be a special occasion place for several tables. I've often wondered if we've reached a saturation point for sushi in the Twin Cities. But then along comes a place like Masu, and I realize that there's still some room for growth, especially if the focus is on something other than sushi.
I started with the kani sushi nigiri. I realize that it's hard to go wrong with snow crab, but the sushi was fresh and tasty. It's also hard to judge a sushi restaurant by just one type of sushi, so I would like to go back to try several kinds before ranking it among other sushi places. The kani was encouraging, so I will likely go back again.
The beef udon was also really good. The udon noodles were wide and held up well in the broth. There were only a few bite-sized pieces of sweet and spicy short ribs, but they were very good and enough for the entree. The broth was a little salty, but that is to be expected of this dish.
All of the items on the menu are reasonably priced, so a family meal will not break the bank. As with any sushi restaurant, ordering several plates of sushi adds up fast. This is a concept restaurant that could do well in several locations and in several cities across the U.S., and the Mall of America location should do well. The fare is simple Japanese, like noodles and tempura, which can appeal to the masses. Overall, this is a very good Japanese restaurant that should continue to broaden the appeal of Japanese food in the Twin Cities.
March 25, 2012