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Masa Sushi: Keep The Holidays Flavorful!

Dec 29, 2014 06:37PM ● Published by SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF

For more than nine years, Masa Sushi has successfully combined traditional Japanese cuisine with a splash of French flare. Masa Sushi’s Fusion Restaurant is located at 977 NASA Road One and Masa Sushi’s Sake Bar is at 1804 W. FM 646 in Dickinson. Both locations offer a welcoming environment amidst an American contemporary décor with Asian accents. Whether you choose to sit at the sushi bar or in a comfortable booth or table, the atmosphere will suit your business or casual needs.

Owner Michael Zhou and his wife Chi’s experiences as chefs set the foundations for quality sushi and flavorful sashimi along with many other dishes. Though we use the word "sushi" to refer to all the delicious fish and rice, the word "sushi" actually refers to only the sweet, vinegar rice. If you order fish without the sushi rice, then it's "sashimi." Also, “masa” from the name Masa Sushi means graceful or elegant. The food terms may seem daunting if you are not well-versed in Japanese cuisine, but Masa Sushi makes choosing your delicious lunch or dinner easy with the food’s description underneath the menu name. Remember that the friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you in making the perfect selection for lunch or dinner.

Masa Sushi has an extensive menu that showcases the creativity of its owner. For example in the appetizer selections, the Japan Nacho is a twist on crispy wonton chips with jalapeño, avocado and cream cheese toppings.

Thinking outside the usual is a key component to the successful restaurant and the hand rolls and rolls prove it. Some of Masa Sushi’s best sellers really set them apart from any other restaurant.

Two newest additions to the menu are the Super Happy roll (super white tuna, shrimp tempura, fresh salmon, cucumber, avocado, smelt roe, green onion,  shallot, cilantro, lettuce, and spicy shiracha) and the El Dorado roll (shrimp tempura, salmon, spicy tuna, spicy kani, cucumber, avocado, smelt roe, tempura flake, and brown mayo).

Masa Sushi mixes creativity and fun with their five-piece sushi rolls. Paying homage to our great area is the Space Center roll (tuna, salmon, yellow tail, smoked salmon, shrimp, crab, avocado, and cucumber) and the signature Masa Sushi roll (soft shell crab, shrimp tempura, onion, cucumber, smelt roe, avocado and radishes). Other options to consider are the Michael roll (sautéed lobster, green onion, garlic, kani, smelt roe, avocado, cucumber, and soy paper), the Love at First Sight roll (salmon, super white tuna, snapper, kani, black pepper tuna, avocado, jalapeño cucumber garlic, shallots, and green onion), the Honolulu roll (spicy shrimp, salmon, snapper, kani, smelt roe, avocado, cucumber, mayo and honey wasabi), or the Alaska (snow crab, jalapeno in tempura, smelt roe, super white tuna, white tuna, cucumber and a honey cream sauce). Japanese favorites such as onigiri (hand-pressed rice balls), sabashioyaki (broiled mackerel), as well as an assortment of udon and soba noodle soups are featured items.

Order a fresh Japanese-style ramen dish. Miso Ramen consists of a miso broth (soy-based), fresh ramen noodles, bean sprouts, roasted seaweed, crab, and braised pork loin.Tonkotsu Ramen mirrors the aforementioned, but contains a pork broth. Both menu items are delicious and have become quite popular with regular guests.

Dinner entrees include multiple sushi and sashimi combinations, bento boxes, hibachi dinners, and the ever-awesome specialty dishes. Order the Masa Hot Rock Beef (thin-sliced rib-eye served with shaved garlic and special dipping sauce) and savor traditional Japanese table cooking in a whole new style. (Only at the Nasa Road One location.) The seafood connoisseur will want to experience the Seafood Konro (simmering shrimp, scallop, squid, snapper and vegetables on "kamisukinabe" paper.) Masa Sushi’s fresh fish is flown in from Honolulu daily.

The restaurant also boasts an assortment of Japanese beers, and sake as well as a contemporary wine list.

Take a break any day of the week between 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for one of Masa Sushi’s many lunch specials. Their chef specials are pretty amazing, too. Get a head start and see what’s on the menu by visiting their website at www.MasaSushiTexas.com.

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Dining, In Print Masa Sushi Masa Sushi’s Fusion Restaurant Masa Sushi’s Sake Bar Michael Zhou

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