Izakaya Masuya is a part of the Masuya International restaurants located around Sydney. Its sister restaurants are spread across Sydney CBD, and one in Chatswood. In fact, one of the restaurants, Masuya is located just next door to Izakaya Masuya.
Entrance off O'Connell Street
As Izakayas are, this place is intended for small plates like tapas and a couple of drinks. Although a little more unconventional, they do offer a large hot pot that could feed an army which I will review later on.
Tapas as entrees. From top to bottom: Japanese Pickles (3 kinds), Agedashi Tofu, Spicy Karaage Chicken
We intended to come here for a nice filling dinner so we ordered quite a lot for two people. We started off with a couple of tapas plates as in the image above. All of the dishes were delectable and I would definitely recommend the Agedashi Tofu.
We ordered a couple of main dishes, as mentioned before. In an Izakaya place, the mains are mostly smaller dishes so you can order a couple different items to make a full meal.
Next we had the Grilled Squid. While it was nicely grilled, it lacked a little of that charcoal or marinade flavour I was looking for.
Grilled Squid 1pc ($7.80)
I would definitely pass on this dish the next time I'm here. This Pork Loin is grilled and marinated in miso. For us, this was really dry and the miso marinade was very overpowering, not to mention that it was a little burnt. It wasn't as succulent as shown on the menu picture which was really disappointing. From my two visits to Izakaya Masuya, I've learned that the dishes are really hit or miss, and this is a miss. It won't stop us from coming back though because the dishes that are a hit are really good.
Pork Loin Steak ($16.80)
For the next dish, we ordered off menu. We saw this as a special the previous time we were here but they were out of Uni (sea urchin). The nice part about this restaurant is that they are willing to customise any sushi you want, as long as they have the ingredients. We ordered uni on cucumber roll. As we walked through the entrance, we saw fresh uni, still in its shell and true to form. This uni was fresh.
Special order, Sea Urchin on Cucumber Roll ($16.80)
Here comes the star of the meal - the hot pot that could feed an army - the Tonkotsu Pork Hot Pot. On a previous trip we had tried the Wagyu Snow Hot Pot in soy milk broth which was delicious and highly recommended. This time we tried the pork and it was equally as filling. This pot would have been enough for two people without ordering other dishes, but we are big eaters, especially with great food so we were able to finish it all but had to be rolled out of the restaurant.
Contrary to the Wagyu Snow Hot Pot, this broth is a Tonkotsu broth which is a traditional pork bone soup. According to their menu, it is a spicy broth but none of the spice came through at all. The pot was filled with ramen noodles, two types of pork, sausages, seasonal vegetables, and squid balls.
Enormous Tonkotsu Pork Hot Pot ($48)
The restaurant is quite small, and from what I could see it only has one table to accommodate larger parties. The table seats 10.
Group Seating Area
The service is extremely friendly and attentive and truly makes you feel at home.This has to be one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Sydney.
Where: Ground floor 12-14 O'Connell St.
Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Entrees $6-10, Mains $20-$50, Desserts $6
When: LUNCH Mon - Fri:11.45 - 14:00
DINNER Mon - Sat:18:00 - Late
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Available