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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!

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More sushi

27 Jan

This is sort of cheater post, since I’ve been sick and haven’t written much, so instead I’m just filling up the space with pretty pictures of sushi and other assorted Japanese fare. Don’t hold it against me. I promise I’ll have lots more to say after the antibiotics do their worst.

Sushi

21 Jan

Among my favorite foods is Sushi. I wasn’t cool like many others, and it took me a little while to really develop a taste for it. (Even now I’m not a very big fan of the fishier fish in nigiri.) However, since I’m married to a man whose family is from Japan it was a pretty inevitable that I’d have plenty of opportunities to try sushi. In fact, my husband loves telling this story that on one of our first dates we went to Sakura, and he ordered for us, since I didn’t really know what I was doing. I think I’d eaten sushi once before that, and that was in 7th grade for our “cultural awareness”day. Anyway, the big plate of sushi comes and the typical pickled ginger and little mound of wasabi. In my very limited knowledge of Japanese cuisine I figured I was safe with a chunk of the green stuff, since everyone knows that green equals not spicy (not true, but I was like 18). I take this huge bite of wasabi as my husband is trying to warn me. Needless to say, I was completely shocked. I remember the sensation of my entire nose clearing and feeling an intense powerful whoosh of spice unlike anything I was used to. He burst out laughing as tears started streaming down my face, and I was trying not to laugh as well.

That was ten years ago and I’ve had a pretty healthy respect for wasabi since then. Sushi though, nigiri or sashimi specifically, I have really developed a taste for. I have a few favorites that I go in phases with. Lately I’ve been really in to hotate, raw scallop, which with a little lemon juice is just amazing. I also really like ika, squid, if it’s fresh and cut right it has this buttery, melt in your mouth flavor. Sake, salmon is always a favorite, and I like toro, the tuna. Sometimes I really like the super white albacore, but lately I’ve been less interested in that. My last and maybe all time favorite is the ama ebi, or sweet shrimp. The body and tail come raw and is sweet and buttery, then most restaurants deep fry the heads, sometimes they are lightly battered, and bring them out super hot. You eat the heads and shell and it’s salty and crispy. Delicious. Although without fail we always do get some strange looks when eating the heads.