Masu is the Privé group’s latest project, and is in fact situated on the ground floor of the same building as rival nightclub Play. The place is spacious, with a sushi bar on the side and proper dining tables and booths all around. Nothing about the décor particularly stands out, though, it’s as you would expect a Japanese restaurant to be, with the lights a bit on the dim side.
On a Saturday, the crowd is mostly well-dressed; most of them will probably hop the escalators up to Play after their meal. The food is delectable—but does it stand out? As with its décor: not really. Masu serves everything from sushi and sashimi to robatayaki, broiled mains and noodle dishes.
The menu is multi-paged and can get quite intimidating, especially if you’re indecisive like us. We started off with an asparagus salad with sesame sauce, which was crunchy and delightfully sweet, before polishing off a platter of safe and predictable sushi ($380 for eight pieces and some maki rolls). We also enjoyed our fatty, creamy broiled black cod with miso, our savory Kagoshima black pork belly skewer and our last dish of Inaniwa udon in a clean, sharp broth.
Portions are modest, so things really add up fast here. All in all, we were happy diners, but we just as easily forgot our experience the next day.