Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore

Review: Masa 14

hamster | | Oct 16, 2009 07:48 AM

This is a new GIGANTIC swanky place that just opened on 14th Street between T and S. I guess it has one of the longest bars in DC or something. Apparently it's supposed to be fusion Latin and Asian, involving two notable chefs including the guy behind Kaz's sushi. When we showed up last night (Thursday, around 7:30) without a reservation, we opted to sit in the bar which actually includes a number of small (tall) tables with chairs. The decor is industrial chic, pretty nice though the seating was a little awkward at these mini bar tables (I was sitting on the banquette, putting myself at a considerably lower altitude than my boyfriend sitting on one of the tall chairs across the table from me.)

We ordered four dishes to share: a jicama and seaweed salad, pulled beef tostadas, a rolled maki spicy tuna, and a rolled maki vegetarian. I definitely think we would have ordered more food if we hadn't been extremely calorie- and budget-conscious lately. It looks like you have to order 3-4 dishes per person here in order to have a filling meal. The food was good, I enjoyed all of the dishes especially the spicy tuna roll. I had a too-sweet Sauvignon Blanc although I had specifically asked for a recommendation for a dry white wine. Nothing mindblowing here, but I guess it was more consistently good than my one experience at Zengo, which seems to be an extremely similar concept.

I hear they also have a roof deck which we will hopefully take advantage of in the spring. It definitely feels more like one of the glitzy Penn Quarter restaurants, just set down in U Street. Some people might be excited about this development. It's not really my thing, but I think it's pretty good for its genre.

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