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Izakaya Masa is Dennis's favorite ramen noodle place in San Diego. In the past they used to only serve ramen after 9pm! Thankfully, they began serving it during regular meal times for us impatient ones who want ramen right away! The restaurant was also expanded but there are still waiting lists during peak dining times. We decided to meet up with friends who had never been here before.

I got there a little late and noted that Dennis had already ordered and received the Agadashi Tofu. At that point, it was already drenched in the flavorful broth and wasn't that crispy anymore. A bit wetter than I prefer but Dennis loves his tofu that way! This presentation was probably the prettiest I've seen so far, especially the shredded seaweed!

Our friends ordered the Takoyaki, which is the dish with octopus in it. I've never really been a fan of this dish in general so I tried it and moved on. There are about six in this dish so good for sharing.

We decided to try some sushi rolls that day. I ordered the Lobster Dynamite Roll, which has lobster, avocado, spicy mayo, and wasabi caviar. I enjoy having a little avocado and sauce in my rolls because it helps keep it creamy though I wouldn't say this roll wowed me.

Our friends ordered the San Diego Roll. Theirs was definitely on the drier side for me with a bit too much rice and crispy flakes outside. When I eat sushi, I try not to use soy sauce at all or very little but this one needed some. The roll had salmon and tuna bits inside but mixed together, they didn't really have a particular flavor profile, just meh for me. I was wishing it had the normal spicy tuna or crab mix instead.

Here's a closeup of the sushi insides. There does seem to be quite a bit of fish inside the San Diego Roll though.

This is the Hakata Ramen (Tonkotsu) that Dennis always orders. He explained that it wasn't too salty or thick here and was just right for his tastes. I enjoy the little extras like fried onions and soaked seaweed and a nice fatty piece of chashu. Overall I thought it was very good but wanted a little richer in flavor like the one at Ramen Yamadaya!

After dinner, I'd have to say that I wouldn't order sushi again but would just stick to ramen bowls. They also have lots of yummy Japanese small plates dishes so give those a try if that is your thing!

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Izakaya Masa
928 Fort Stockton Dr
San Diego CA 92103
(619) 542-1354

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