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Japanese restaurants seem to be popping up all over, such is Hongkongers' affinity for sushi, ramen and, now, yakitori. But it's rare to find one that actually replicates the experience of eating in Japan.
From the Nepalese managers who speak fluent Japanese to the expertly selected sake menu and the chef with experience in some of Tokyo's top kitchens, the first restaurant venture from Privé Group offers an authentic take on an upscale izakaya.
Standouts on our visit were the beautifully presented sashimi platter (HK$580) and assorted appetiser platter (HK$90), featuring a unique tofu and lemongrass concoction. We also enjoyed the well-cooked robatayaki, including ox tongue (HK$58) and chicken wings (HK$55), and Kagoshima pork (HK$58) with a choice of mountain, plum and ocean salt.
The menu also includes hand rolls, noodles, a crispy and creamy soft-shell crab tempura with spicy mayonnaise (HK$100) and a braised head of kinmeidai (golden eye snapper, market price). Add the hefty drinks menu with artisanal sake, shochu and awamori, and Masu makes for a perfect pit stop.