As a nice little mid-week break, hubby and I paid a visit to one of our favorite restaurants, Masa. It's a swanky little asian-fusion restaurant whose menu offers refreshing twists on sushi, seafood and some traditional chinese and thai dishes. The walls are painted a dark and moody maroon and grey and decorated with large paintings of feathers. The tables and chairs are a dark espresso wood, the drapes are heavy and the lighting is low. It gives the place a very romantic and dramatic feel. The kitchen and sushi bar are both exposed, and diners can sit at the counter and watch their food being prepared, if they so choose.
Posted by Tally Foodie Friday, August 7, 2009
We decided to start with a little sushi as an appetizer and this roll is one of my favorites. It's called the Green Monster and it's made with fried shrimp, cream cheese, sprouts, avocado and crushed wasabi peas on top. It's a nice roll for sushi novices who are grossed out by the raw stuff, but equally pleasurable for sushi gurus looking for something a little creative. The wasabi peas aren't too spicy, and they give the roll a nice added crunch!
For our main courses, hubby chose his usual - Grilled Miso Chilean Sea Bass w/Mango Salsa and I selected something I had never tried before - Masa's Seafood Trio, a combination of lobster tail, sea scallop and jumbo shrimp grilled and served in a red curry coconut sauce. If your mouth is watering just reading the description of these dishes, you will be equally delighted when this cuisine graces your palette.
The sea bass is grilled to perfection and the sauce is so deliciously sweet that the fish just melts in your mouth. Add a bit of mango salsa atop the fish and you get a little kick of spice with the sugary tang of the mango fruit. It's one of those dishes that you won't stop eating until every last bit of it has gone down your gullet. My husband even asked me if he was allowed to lick the plate!
The seafood trio was also an amazing dish. Again, the seafood was cooked perfectly, not one bite was chewy and overdone. The lobster tail is just for show, because when you lift it up, you discover that the meat has already been separated from the tail and coated in the sumptuous sauce. I could wax poetic about this sauce forever, but I'll spare you. It's equal bits spicy and sweet, creamy and light, sinful and divine. Some curries cause your nose to run with just one whiff of the dish, but not this one. It was absolutely and unequivocally perfect. Mmmmmm.
Tally Foodie Rating:
Atmosphere - A
Taste - A+
Service - A
Presentation - A
Price - $$
1001 N. Monroe St.
Hours: Mon - Thurs 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-9pm