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.
Celebrate 10 years of MASU
This October, MASU by Nic Watt celebrates its 10th year anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Nic Watt has curated a special menu to showcase what he feels are the greatest hits across the 10 years of MASU, what he believe showcases the DNA of the MASU kitchen.
The greatest hits menu will be available for the month of October and features favourites like scampi tempura, green tea cha soba noodle with king crab and our six month aged beeswax Japanese wagyu.
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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!