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Dec 1, 2011 08:35 AM

Masamoto! Very impressive!

Went last night to Masamoto in Glen Mills, in a strip mall on the dreaded Rte. 202 kitty-corner from Harvest and a little north of Big Fork.


It bills itself as an Asian bistro, and we had a few of the Chinese things, but this is clearly a sushi-focused place. My friend and I took the omakase for two and got:

a perfect scallop, sliced very thin, with lime
a superb tuna tartare with crispy bits of (what I think is) fried rice noodles
one piece each of five excellent fish sushi
two rolls, one Godzilla, one other, excellent tuna

We added a hot & sour soup and a chicked with black beans.

We're not dessert people, but the banana tempura sure looked interesting.

All this for less than $100 for two, tax and tip included. I am so surprised not to have heard about them on this board. I stumbled across their name in Zagat's. The 26 food rating caught my eye, especially as I realized it was in Chester County.

I'm going back tonight (bit of a coincidence) with a bigger group, where we can try more things.

In the meantime, I can only report a truly impressive first experience.

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  1. I've also recently discovered Masamoto and can second everything Francis reports. Very tasty food!

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    1. re: rmoore

      Thanks, rmoore. I had been disappointed by the lack of response, but I realized that I did not mention the neighborhood in the title. Fact is, most of us in Delaware and Chester County are starved for any good addition to the sparse local choices, so I expected that anyone living out here would have been very curious.

      As suggested in the first post, I went back the next night with another group. The experience was just as good. Tried a few more things, the tempura banana among them. It was good, but not as good as the banana roll (suggested by the waitress, did not seem to be on the menu).

      Sushi / sashimi is clearly the house forte, but even if you're not into those two, this is a great addition to the Asian offerings in the nabe.

      1. re: FrancisdeR

        It is a crime this place is not getting the attention it deserves on chowhound. That zagat rating by the way is now 28 of 30! This is very very rare. The tuna tartar is amazing. Try the Taro shrimp app. Potatoe and minced shrimp fried into triangles. It's awesome. I almost always get the Kar Bi (marinated boneless ribs). Not the drunken spareribs app that is a whole different beast although good in its own way. Peking duck amazing.

        You can't go wrong with any of the sushi rolls.

        Prices are on the cheap side for what you get.

        BYOB!!!! There is now a $1 cork fee. Used to be free.

        Hidden Gem

    2. Sounds interesting and look forward to trying it.

      However, it's kinda amusing that they have a "Have a question about wine pairings?" link on their website that opens up e-mail! I wonder if they really are experts on wine-sushi pairings? If so, I may seek their advice...

      1. It's been more than 19 months since my first post, and I am a confirmed regular (although it is more than 1/2 hour from my house). Never a disappointment foodwise.

        PhillyBestBYOB, let me know how you make out with the wine advice. I suspect chef Kai of having a world-class culinary training, and he may know a lot more than we would know from his restaurant.

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        1. re: FrancisdeR

          The owner and and house master chef can be seen regularly making sushi when you go in. He is the one with the cool ponytail. Francis not sure if this is chef Kai or not but it seems likely.

          Brief fact: He used to be the top chef at Jasmine before striking out on his own and opening up Masamotos. I guess that explains that drastic decline in quality I have noticed at Jasmine.

          Not sure about the wine pairings?? That seems a bit strange to me as the staff has never engaged me in a conversation about wine or spirits but anything is possible! Please email them PhillyBYOB and get the 411.