Monday, February 18, 2013
Rate-A-Restaurant #292: Masacasa
Location: 1757 Colorado Blvd. (Eagle Rock)
Type of restaurant: Japanese
We stipulated: For Saturday night dinner with the two blogger tykes in tow, we wanted a place close by, reasonably priced and new to us. I had spotted Masacasa during an earlier bike ride down Colorado Blvd., and it seemed like the perfect place to check out.
They stipulated: "Masacasa is a cozy place where you will enjoy authentic home-style Japanese food served by a warm friendly staff in an ever changing venue featuring works from local artists and a variety of music to awaken all your senses. Using fresh ingredients from a local farm, in-house prepared sauces and care for details, our dishes aim to impress you with the flavors and comfort found in the kitchens of Japanese homes. To continue our goal of providing healthy meals we use sunflower oil to cook our dishes. We are proud to provide a marketplace for local independent artists to showcase their work. A portion of all the proceeds from sales of these works will go to the Children of Fukushima Japan Charity."
What we ordered:Mike: Chicken curry ("Seasoned Chicken meat mixed in our Veggie Curry") $7.50; Maria: Oyakodon ("Chicken, onion eggs, simmered in with shōyu-dare over a bowl of rice, served with a side of miso soup") $6.75; The kids: Soba ("served with blanched green veggie, wakame, tanuki (tempura flakes), green onion with vegan broth") $6.95; chicken teriyaki ("Crunch skin with juicy tender chicken meat served with in house teriyaki sauce with a dash of sesame seeds and topped with green onions") $4. Starter: Edamame ($3.50)
High point: The prices are decent, especially given the portions. Maria's Oyakodon was the tastiest out of the bunch, although I enjoyed my chicken curry (even if it needed a bit more chicken) and all the sides that came with it.
Low point: It's a cozy, small restaurant -- but we left smelling like the restaurant. Even the next day. Perhaps better ventilation is needed.
Overall impression: Another nice addition to the row of restaurants up and down Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock. I love that it brings a niche to the neighborhood that wasn't there before.
Chance we'll go back: If we're in the mood for cheap, decent Japanese comfort food. And wearing clothes that needed to be laundered anyway.