We finally got to Masu Sushi & Robata. It has been quite the hot spot since it opened a few months ago and I’ve been pretty anxious to get there – mainly because of their Pork Belly Ramen.

The decor is amazing. It’s fun and interesting, hip and each wall has something interesting for your eyes.

I went into Masu with a few things on my mind: Pork Belly Ramen Noodles, Dried Squid (I know) and Miso Eggplant. I had miso eggplant somewhere in LA a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Thankfully since Mercedes and Tyler joined us, we could order many, many items. :)

Their menu is broken down in a few parts: izakaya (small plates), sushi, robata (grilled meat/veggies) and noodles. We decided it would only be right to sample things from each section.

They have a great cocktail menu and while I stuck with wine, the Taster tried a gummi shochu sour, which actually tasted a lot like a gummi bear. I was a little jealous.

Starters included steamed Edamame with Smoked Salt, Shredded Dried Squid and Sautéed Shishito Peppers. The squid was very intruiguing and I’m so glad we tried it - it was essentially squid jerky. :) The Peppers were amazing - smoky and charred yet soft and not at all too spicy.

For our Sushi Course we ordered an Arctic Char roll and the Firecracker (shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, cucumber with spicy tuna and tempura flakes). The artic char had some really good, fresh herbs that added a very different flavor to it and the firecracker roll? Obviously by reading the ingredients you can tell it was amazing.

The Robata Course was interesting. Robata, much to my delight is all grilled meats and vegetables, not the fried food I was expecting. They are tiny little skewers – zucchini, eggplant, bacon-wrapped shrimp and bacon-wrapped quail egg. The vegetables were both outstanding and perfectly flavored, the shrimp was good, but standard and the Taster says that the bacon wrapped quail egg was “Nothing too special, but good.”

The noodles were a tad disappointing. The Pork Belly Ramen was good, but tasted quite bland to me, until I added a fair amount of sriracha. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my mind and was expecting too much?  The Tonkatsu Curry Ramen had a lot more flavor but I’d probably be more likely to try the yakisoba noodles next time.

We will definitely be back to Masu – it is in our neighborhood and I love the different and exciting options on the menu. And while it isn’t exactly cheap, sushi is never cheap when the Taster is involved. ;)

Masu Sushi and Robata

330 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis MN, 55414

[email protected]

15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I seriously feel you on the “sushi is never cheap when the taster is involved”…that literally had me giggling because whenever I go with the coach, we run up a $60-80 bill (and my rolls – combined – are all of $8…so…homeboy can pack back some sushi!)


    • Emily
      Jul 14, 2011 @ 8:42 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one!!!


  2. Mellissa
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I am hungry just looking at this, I need to get there soon!


  3. cailen
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    yum! i am a sushi fanatic and those rolls look amazing! i have a sushi date lined up for saturday night with some friends and i CANNOT wait.

    great blog – i’ll definitely check back again soon


  4. Molly
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    AHHH My favorite! I went to the grand opening, and that’s the only time I have been there. Being so close all the time, it’s a sin I havent been back! Not gonna lie, I loved the quail eggs!


    • Emily
      Jul 14, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

      I didn’t get to try one, but I probably would have liked it. :)
      Thanks for the new restaurant heads up – I will probably HAVE to go this weekend!


  5. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    The photos are fantastic! Wish this was closer to where I live!


  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    What memories of this neighborhood. Uptown was MY stomping grounds my entire life til I moved away from Mpls. Saint Sabrina’s and KhinDo <–are they still there? had similar street addresses if memory serves!


  7. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Yum! I know it’s the most plain thing pictured here, but I love the look of the edamame! :) I am kind of a baby when it comes to sushi. My favorites are the California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll. I haven’t reached full sushi maturity yet! :)


  8. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Love the gummy bear on the cup!! I really liked Masu… thought everything was delicious, and super creative!


  9. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    You guys are definitely adventurous with your dried squid! I used to work at a sushi restaurant and there were things on the menu that I refused to try- not many, but I have my limits. :) Looks good- now I’m craving sushi!


  10. Brent
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    Great review, Emily! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit and took the time to share with friends!


  11. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I LOVE sushi! We might just have to get that for dinner tonight! :) Unfortunately, my taster is not the biggest fan. :(


  12. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    The food looks really good and the pictures are amazing!


  13. Mercedes
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Em your photos look so good (I am especially impressed because I know what camera you used)! Always fun to explore new places with you!


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