Mpls. Eatery Masu Gets Nod in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine

The Japanese restaurant recently received national recognition for both its seafood and its grilled menu items.

Masu Sushi & Robata, which opened its doors in Northeast Minneapolis last year and is gearing up to open a second outpost at the Mall of America, has recently caught the attention of two national food publications.

Bon Appetit recently named the eatery to its list of the “Best New Sushi Restaurants in America.” The magazine pointed out that Katsuyuki (Asan) Yamamoto-the man behind longstanding Minneapolis sushi restaurant Origami-runs the sushi menu at Masu. Bon Appetit described Masu as a “colorful, reasonably priced restaurant” and called attention to its use of sustainable seafood.

“Yamamoto is just as skilled with rolls (a Firecracker is packed with shrimp tempura, snow crab, cucumber, avocado, and spicy tuna) as he is with sashimi (try the silky scallop); don't overlook his tasty bowl of ramen,” the magazine wrote.

To see all of Bon Appetit's picks for the top 10 new sushi restaurants in the nation, click here.

Masu is receiving accolades for more than just its sushi. The restaurant was recently the subject of a write-up in Food & Wine magazine that was titled “Best BBQ: Pit Masters and Grill Geniuses.” Masu was listed among the best in the Midwest for its grilled cuisine, and the magazine noted that the restaurant is a favorite of Andrew Zimmern, a resident of the Twin Cities and host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. Masu offers a variety of grilled robata dishes.

To view Food & Wine's full list, click here.