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Bar Masa-short

Mark | Apr 28, 2004 10:20 AM

Was in the neighborhood late last night and decided to try it out for a few late night snacks, after hearing so much hype. The room is nice sleek minimal and EMPTY! Grnated we got there at 10:30, and there was only one other person dining in the room. The drinks were very bland, I had the Asian something and it needed some more kick for 15 bucks. The passionfruit coctail was better, but still not 'outstanding'
On to the food.
1. Going against everything I had heard on the board i had to try the Foie Gras Sushi.. and well i should have listened to the other hounds. It was fine, but tasted like brunswager(sp?) and just doesnt exactly work IMO with sushi.
2. Then I had the sushi canapés which were very delicious, delicate and not a bad deal for $24 (8 peices)... the tuna tartare and caviar one was the best. The rice was amazing on the sushi. I never really realized the difference in rices but as soon as you taste it youll see the proof that the chef did spend three years only fixing rice.
3. Soft Shell Crabs were next and blew my mind.... I am sure this has to do with the fact that they were my first of the season, but ahhh god i love them and they were done perfectly crisp just perfect delicious crabs.... $15 for two.
4. I finished off with the Kobe Beef Yaki-Soba noodles which were delicious and the best value of the night for sure. The beef was tender full of flavor and plentiful enough that it was always there and you didnt have to treause hunt for it. The sprouts and beans kept the texture perfect... I would go back for that alone....
All in all, a great experience, but I doubt i would make the trip to go there again with the prices and what you really get. Unless I was to try out Masa propper (on someone elses tab.... any takers?), I think ill stick to Taka.

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