Archive | April, 2011

Masu – Part Two – Dinner

25 Apr

Long overdue part two.


It was a whole different feel than lunch plus two kids for upscale dinner always adds a level of complication. Additionally, of course we came opening night so it was also pretty busy. Our server was very attentive, some might even say a bit too attentive, but he meant well, so no harm.

We started with Edamame and an order of the Japanese snacks, which of course my eldest looked down her nose at. (Then again she had an incident with a wasabi covered pea when she was about three and is still holding a grudge.)

I ordered sashimi which was good, including hotate (scallop) tamago (sweet egg omelet) and my favorite at the moment, ama ebi (sweet shrimp) which some with the fried heads as well, which are delicious!

We also had the home-made duck pot stickers, which were great, they were much more delicate than most gyoza you commonly get in restaurants, since very few actually go to the trouble to make them from scratch.

My husband got the pork belly ramen, which as you know from my earlier post, I am a big fan of.

Chef Hesse and Chef McKee were very helpful and personable, while also balancing that with efficient service and seemed to have a complete handle on everything that was going on. I would expect nothing less of two with their experience, however, I was still impressed, because like I mentioned it was their first public dinner service for Masu.

If I hadn’t known that however, nothing in anyone’s actions would have tipped me off. Most everything ran smoothly and they were very quick to work out any kinks (like the fact that their high chairs hadn’t arrived, but they were able to find us one, from somewhere to get us through dinner, which I really appreciated.)

The rest of the photos are just ambiance shots because I really liked the atmosphere. It’s a bit more artistic and playful that many of the other Japanese places in town.

I look forward to my next visit to Masu. Maybe I’ll see you there for lunch?


Masu – Part One – Lunch

20 Apr

As many of you already know Masu opened last Monday in NE Minneapolis. I went for lunch, and ended up coming for dinner too. They were very different experiences so I’ve decided to split them up in to two separate posts.

The first thing I noticed was the space. It’s beautiful and I really like the ambiance Masu has going. It’s got some excellent natural light, fantastic photography and hilarious bathrooms, more about that later.

I’ll start and the beginning, Lunch. I scanned the menu and immediately settled on the Pork Belly Ramen. It was a great choice, if I do say so myself.

The pork was buttery, melt in you mouth, fatty, delicious. The egg was soft-boiled so that when I broke in to it, it coated the noodles perfectly.

Which brings me to my next point, about the noodles, a little bird tells me they are specially made for Masu just for the ramen, and it shows. They are really some of the best commercial noodles I’ve had. (As some of you may know my husband has been on a quest to find/make the best pork ramen since our trip to Hawaii where we found this great place called Ezogiku, which had amazing ramen, but I digress)

I have never been able to finish an entire bowl of ramen before, until I tried Masu’s. That isn’t in any way to suggest that their portions are small ‘cuz they aren’t, it was just so good I couldn’t stop eating it until it was gone.

It was really, really good.

And I was full.

Until I was handed a dessert menu and told by one of the sushi chefs that I HAD to try the Mango Dango, that I would love it!

And I did.

Mango Dango is a purée of Mango’s, tiny baby mochi (rice balls) and red beans. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, but it was really very good.  It has a nice balance between tangy and sweet and the mochi added a nice substantiality to it. I can’t wait to go back for lunch, I have a feeling it’s going to be a regular lunch spot for me.

Also, back to the ambiance for a second, the women’s bathroom (and I would assume the men’s however, I have no first hand knowledge of this.)

The toilet paper was in this little flower

(yes, I’m probably way too easily entertained)

and the walls in the bathroom show this cartoon only larger and more fantastically. I could only justify taking one bathroom picture!

Dinner is up next!


18 Apr

Sorry for the shortage of posts April has been a busy month, with my daughters first birthday and starting another business, I’ve been pulled in too many directions. Stay tuned, I’ll be posting a bit about Masu and a few other things and be back in full force in May!