Inside, a relaxing atmosphere permeated the space and I was surprised to find that all the staff, and nearly all the customers, were Japanese. Feeling dowdy compared to the Japanese female customers with perfectly curled hair and short skirts, I was reminded of when I lived in Japan: I could not compete with the creative style of the university girls trying to get discovered by the television station opposite our campus.
I ordered the Futo Maki (pictured above) and the Wafu Salad. The maki contained egg, mushroom, spinach, carrot, pickles and beans. It was freshly made but the seaweed casing was not crispy. The salad was tasty with seaweed salad, lettuce, tofu and tomato in a tangy dressing.
There is a vegetable section to Sushi Masa’s menu but beware of the bonito flakes which are actually fish based.
This restaurant is a pleasant spot for a casual lunch or dinner, and is more authentic and relaxed than many of the Japanese cafes throughout the city.
10 Bourke Street
03 9662 1322