Friday, March 22, 2024

Unagi Don from Masa Japanese Restaurant

Happy Friday! While the weekend beckons with its promise of relaxation, a bittersweet note hangs in the air. I'm working from home today, but my husband attends a weekend retreat in Mission, BC. Before he departed, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Masa Japanese Restaurant, conveniently located nearby.

Unagi Don from Masa Japanese Restaurant
Steamed rice with BBQ sea eel and Japanese pickles

Being Friday and adhering to our Catholic beliefs, we opted for a pescetarian feast. My husband dove headfirst into the Unagi Don. This classic dish featured steamed rice as its foundation, the perfect canvas for the star of the show – a generous portion of BBQ sea eel. Japanese pickles added a delightful tangy counterpoint.

Veggie Curry from Masa Japanese Restaurant
Japanese curry with vegetable and rice

I gravitated towards my favourite—the Veggie Curry. This comforting dish showcased my love for Japanese curry in all its glory. Assorted vegetables—a vibrant medley of broccoli, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms—swam in a rich, flavorful curry sauce.

Assorted Tempura from Masa Japanese Restaurant
4 pieces prawn, 4 pieces yam, and 1 piece broccoli

However, only a Japanese dining experience is complete with a shared appetizer; ours was no exception. We opted for the assorted tempura, a symphony of crispy perfection. Four juicy prawns sported a light and airy tempura batter, while four pieces of yam (sweet potato) offered a delightful sweetness. Even the lone piece of tempura broccoli held its own, its slightly bitter flavour adding a surprising complexity to the mix. Each piece was a textural delight, the light and crispy batter giving way to tender, cooked-through vegetables within.

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