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Masu by Nic Watt. Photo credit Sacha Stejko

Masu by Nic Watt

World class Japanese cuisine
Opening hours
Currently closed
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

  • $75 Reiryou Platter

    Available for a limited time

    Two Sakekasu Bellini (twisted bellini with house-made sakekasu ice cream and shio koji peach, sparkling wine, house ume shu, serve with yuzu mist), to accompany Chef’s 3 sashimi selection (3 different kind of fish 6 pieces ) / King crab cold soba noodle / 2 pacific oysters.

    Available Monday to Sunday for dinner and Saturday lunch. R18. Drink responsibly. Subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

    Masu - $75 Platter for two

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Last updated: 30 September 2020

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