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Masu by Nic Watt

World class Japanese cuisine
Opening hours
Currently open!
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Thursday: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm-9:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Restaurant Month Participant

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Japanese food is celebrated on Federal Street with Masu, a Japanese robata restaurant and bar in the Federal Dining Precinct. At the helm of Masu is New Zealand chef Nic Watt, who has led a reverred career overseas running successful robata restaurants in London, Macau, Hong Kong and America. Robata is contemporary Japanese cuisine cooked over a charcoal grill where theatre and ambience are as much of the process as the eating. Diners can view the chefs at the robata cooking hearth, creating food-laden skewers and slowly rotating them over hot coals.

The restaurant itself is currently open for dinner. Guests can perch at the sake and shochu bar, or at open plan dining tables, and Masu regulars can even purchase their own Kume jars which are filled with bespoke shochu blends - i.e. you can create your own drink, and enjoy it every time you dine at Masu! There is also a private dining room called The Obi Room, which seats 18.

The food itself focuses on fresh seasonal produce and natural flavours, plus several signature dishes. They include tartar of salmon with house made rice cracker and gochujang hot pepper lamb cutlets. Kampai!


MASU by Nic Watt
$75 Four Course Japanese Dinner

Drink match recommendation: $13.50 per glass per person Urlar Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir. 

First course
Sashimi selection 3-piece with 1pc oyster
Nori Taco / Sashimi chirashi with avocado puree
Second Course
Eggplant tempura with Goma dressing
Wagyu gyoza 2-piece
Third course
Shio koji marinated wagyu sirloin with yakitori jus
Brussel sprout with almond butter
Fourth course
Black sesame cream Éclair with pear sorbet
Drink match recommendation
Urlar Pinot Gris - $13.50/glass
Urlar Pinot noir - $15.50/glass

Ts & Cs: available for dinner only. Available Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – 6:30pm, last order by 6:15pm. Price is per person, with a minimum of 2 people dining. Available 1-31 August 2022. Specific dining times apply. Bookings are essential for groups of 8 or more people. Set menu – menu can’t be changed. Subject to availability. R18 for the service of alcohol. Drink Responsibly.

$45 Social Hour

Presented by Monkey Shoulder. 

Nashi Caramel Highball: Monkey Shoulder high press infused with Nashi pair, Caramel, and soda.
Monkey Mist: Monkey shoulder, houjicha liqueur, served over kaki gori shaved ice, and topped with condensed milk
Sharing Platter
Japanese Kagoshima wagyu sliders (2-piece) with sushi vinegar fresh chips

T's & C's: Available Tuesday to Thursday 5pm - 6:30pm. (MASU is not open at 4pm) Strictly R18. Host responsibility limits apply. Note some venues are not open every day from Tues - Thurs so check the relevant details on their website or listings be searching our website. Offer includes 2 drinks (from a choice of creative cocktail or classic aperitif) and a sharing plate for two people. $45 for two people.

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Last updated: 30 June 2022

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