Yes, I like bulgogi and udon and though Masita Sushi offers such standard Korean and Japanese fare, it was the sushi that attracted me.
The photos online were promising. The sushi toppings actually looked fresh and so taking the plunge I headed off to Chatswood in Sydney's Lower North Shore for lunch.
A simple but pleasant and cleanly modern decor greeted me. The staff were smiling which is always nice. Sitting down to order, the $15 nine-piece sushi set was superbly priced and so I went with that.
Like the decor, the plate was simple, clean and pleasantly arranged. The sushi toppings were fresh, each with their own individual flavours and textures. But with four salmon pieces, two octopus, two fried tofu pouches and one snapper... well, I felt a little let down.
And then, recalling the photos, I had another look at the menu. There was an a la carte sushi selection available and I thought, okay, let's see what they've got.
I ordered one each of salmon belly, oyster, surf clam and eel. After a few minutes, it was served. I had a good look at the plating. A funny vibe came over me and I had the distinct feeling that somebody was trying to do a good job.
The salmon belly went first. Yum. I didn't expect that. I tried the oyster next. Wow. It melted nicely. Things were on the up. The surf clam, while not as engaging, was fresh and textural. Finally, the eel. It was warm and dissolved lovingly.
My whole demeanor changed after those four pieces of sushi. And at an average of $3 per sushi, I wanted more. Sure, the rice could have been more in tune with its toppings and based on that I couldn't say that Masita Sushi was world class but really, how many places are?
What I can say is that the sushi I ate was an honest attempt at good quality. That is something worth respecting.
Masita Sushi, I will be back.