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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!