Masuya Japanese Seafood
14 O'Connell St
After a long day of wandering around the Sydney Central Business District, we stopped by Masuya Japanese Seafood for some dinner. Despite being located in the basement of a relatively quieter street, the restaurant was half full when we arrived shortly after 6. We were told that we needed to finished by 8. Pffft... If you can serve it in 2 hours, we can finish it in 2 hours. We quickly ordered some tasty looking dishes (the meal features photos of most items that actually look like the final product, unlike McDonald's).
The first to arrive was the organic tomato and green salad. It came with a separate lightly flavoured wafu onion dressing, which is a vinaigrette-style dressing based on soy sauce. Very refreshing.
The Nasu Miso arrived shortly after. This dish consisted of eggplants cut lengthwise and grilled. To finish it off, it is topped with a tasty house miso paste. The eggplant was very soft and mushy and the sauce was super flavourful.
The next to arrive was the rainbow roll. A California roll is topped with strips of salmon, tuna, white fish and avocado. The fish was really fresh and extremely tasty.
The last to arrive was the sashimi platter. This massive boat of raw seafood made the small child in me jump and shout with glee (not literally). Packed with salmon, tuna, mackerel, scampi, fresh oysters, surf clams and several varieties of local fish, it was almost too much. Almost. We devoured the entire platter like champs. Not a single piece was spared. The fish was so fresh. The oysters, sweet and creamy. So tasty. *drools*
The we finished around 7 and were out there door by 7:15. Headed back to the hotel for a nap. Or two.
Anyway, here's what I thought of it -
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10. Nice restaurant. Very lively. Hard to find though. It's in the basement of some building with a dinky little sign by the entrance. Maybe it's because I'm a tourist? Though I did miss the street completely... Sooo...
Food: 10 out of 10. Amazing! Sooo good! So fresh. No funny fishy taste.
Presentation: 8 out of 10. Above average presentation. The rolls were well made and did not fall apart when you try to pick it up.
Price: 8 out of 10. Maybe a little pricey but considering what you get, I thought it wasn't too outrageous.
Service: 7 out of 10. Average service. Did not stood out as being spectacular.
Overall: 8 out of 10. Awesome! Probably the best sushi I’ve had in a while.