In one conversation of my campus’ Whatsapp Group, one of my friend told the group that the best Sushi he ever tasted in Jakarta was in Sushi Masa. His opinion was echoed by my other friends. Oh, wait, sounds like a great place to check out, as our family all are sushi (or Japanese food for that matter) lovers.
Checking to the Google Map, apparently the restaurant is located in unusual place: Penjaringan. Near the fish market at North Jakarta.
Wow. It’s even more interesting! As it remind me of Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, where I and Elok tasted one of the best sushi we had in our lifetime. So without hesitation, (well actually a bit. Elok is not fond of going to faraway places in Jakarta LOL), we followed Waze’s direction and find the restaurant.
It is really far from our house. Well, we live in South Jakarta. This one is up there in North. You had to come through some unusual routes, and the location was really remote. We came for lunch, and I could only imagine how dark the place was if you came for dinner. After 1 hour+ of driving, finally we’re there.
“I hope it really worth it”, I said that time.
And boy, it really was. We ordered sashimi, sushi, their trade mark oyster barbeque, and couple other dishes. All of them were excellent. The fish meat was really fresh, and the taste was the best that we had in Jakarta. No kidding. It’s unfortunately, it was only four of us, so we couldn’t try other interesting dishes. That barbeque beef on charcoal plate looked to be everyone else’s favorite. We should try the next time we’re here.
The restaurant was not too big, and when we came it was almost full. Luckily we made reservation, as the place was getting crowded quickly. Some visitors were actually standing waiting while we eat. And the restaurant had unique opening hours. During lunch time they only open until 2 pm, and will open again only at 5 pm near dinner time. So, if you have plan to come to this restaurant, observe the opening time (Google has the information) and place a reservation!
In the end, it’s one of the most satisfying lunch we had in Jakarta. It was pricey, around IDR400k per person, which could get easily to IDR 500-600k if we ordered some more food. The price already includedmain dish, drinks and dessert (we ordered Ocha ice cream). Given it’s location and quality of the dishes, I can safely say that Sushi Masa is really Jakarta’s version of Tsukiji Market.