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Masu by Nic Watt

World class Japanese cuisine
Opening hours
Currently closed
Monday: 5:00 pm-9:30 pm
Tuesday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Thursday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm-10:00 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 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!


Special offers at Masu by Nic Watt

  • Masu's $70 happy hour


    Indulge in a platter of fresh sashimi, smoked fish tempura roll, scampi miso soup and your preferred choice of main. Options include; teriyaki king salmon, chashu pork belly, or South Waikato lamb cutlets. Available 5pm-6pm Monday-Thursday, $70pp.

  • Masu Happy Hour


    Elevate your evenings with Masu's new Happy Hour menu from Monday to Thursday 5-6pm for just $70! 

    Indulge in smoked fish tempura roll, a platter of fresh sashimi, scampi miso soup and your preferred choice of main. Options include; teriyaki king salmon, chashu pork belly, or south waikato lamb cutlets.


$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 20 February 2024

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