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Masu by Nic Watt. Photo credit Sacha Stejko

Masu by Nic Watt

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

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 will be open 7 days for dinner and lunch on weekends. 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 everytime 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!


Special offers at Masu by Nic Watt

  • Tokyo Platter

    Available for a limited time

    For $195 enjoy a delicious, fresh and vibrant platter featuring MASU's premium selection of sashimi, half New Zealand Crayfish sashimi, chirashi tartare, sushi rice crackers, deluxe nigiri, and Pacific oysters. 

    Around for a good time, not a long time.

    Available for lunch and dinner. Subject to availability. Pre-bookings recommended, please mention 'Tokyo Platter' in the reservation notes.

    Book now here

    Masu platter

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Last updated: 30 June 2020

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