Masa is a newish entrant into the high-end Japanese dining scene in Taipei that's been garnering rave reviews online since opening in late 2006. Located on the noisy and busy thoroughfare of Civic Boulevard near Dunhua South Road, Masa's stark white interior caught my eyes immediately when it opened. Somehow it's a year and a half later that I've finally made my way there for a tasting.
First, the good: The sushi served that night was impeccable as were the cooked dishes. I can see how others might be impressed.
Where they faltered was unfortunately everything else: the pacing, the selection, the service and even the amount of food. Each misstep is small enough to overlook, especially in light of how good the sushi was, but details like these are arguably more important in haute sushi than in other cuisines.
I love Taniguchi's buildings. They're very elegant and understated.
- Toyota Municipal Museum of Art - Yoshio Taniguchi [Figure-Ground.com]
Another Taniguchi building I've photographed: The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures.
- Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal - Foreign Office Architects [Figure-Ground.com]