Masa 14 adds Sushi to Menu Starting June 1st

1825 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s lively neighborhood restaurant, Masa 14, located at 1825 14th Street, NW, 20009, is pleased to introduce sushi and Japanese-inspired dishes to its Latin-Asian inspired menu. Under the direction of newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Felipe Milanes, the new sushi options will debut on June 1, and will be available nightly throughout the restaurant in addition to the full la carte menu. Guests can look forward to Kimchee-Miso Soup with tamago, tofu, wakame, and gochujang; Spicy Tuna Nachos with won ton, cotija cheese, and salsa picante; Spicy Tuna Bakuchiku Roll with gobo, avocado, yuzu kosho, and sweet chile; Rainbow Tropico Roll with tuna, hamachi, salmon, avocado and a mango-papaya salsa; Seared Salmon Roll with avocado, crab stick, masago, tamago, and bonito flake; Scorpion Roll with prawn tempura, avocado, sesame-chipotle mayo, eel sauce and tobiko, as well as the Golden Eel Roll with tamago, avocado, cucumber and a maple- miso sauce. Prices range from $5 to $14 each.

Other new additions for summer on Chef Milanes’ a la carte menu include Korean Spiced White Tuna with beet glazed gnocchi, sweet pickled papaya and cotija cheese, Scallop Crudo with crispy prosciutto, sweet potato, black salt and pepper salsa; Salmon and Hamachi Ceviche with mango, orange, and a vincotto glaze; Korean Short Ribs with miso sweet potato purre, herbed pepper salad and sweet glaze; Shrimp Stuffed Salmon with ginger grilled bokchoy, wasabi potato purre and crispy piqo de gallo, as well as Pork Belly al Carbon with avocado purre, yucca al mojo, pickled fresno pepper and crispy parsley. Prices range from $9 to $14.

Chef Richard Sandoval along with Partners Kaz Okochi and Ivan Iricanin appointed Felipe Milanes as the new chef de cuisine of Masa 14 in April 2014. Milanes brings over 10 years of an experience to his new position, and he earned an Associate Degree in Food Science and Culinary Arts from Stratford University in Falls Church, VA in 2003. He has worked in top tier restaurants including Vidalia Restaurant, Ardeo+Bardeo, and 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church before moving to Pocantico Hills, NY in 2005, to work under renowned Chef Dan Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Then in 2009, he accepted the executive chef position at 109 Commons Corp DBA overseeing the daily operations at three restaurants, French American Bistro, FAB Café in Mount Kisco and Tre Contemporary American Cuisine in Ridgefield, CT. Milanes next returned to Washington, DC in February 2012, serving briefly as sous chef at Think Food Group’s Zaytinya before transitioning to chef de cuisine of Eatwell DC’s Logan Tavern and Grillfish in August 2012.

Masa 14 is located at 1825 14th Street, NW. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 12 Midnight. The rooftop level is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM to 2 AM, Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM. An unlimited prix fixe brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM on all levels.”

31 Comment

  • I hope this is an improvement, because I’ve never come away from there impressed. I think a lot of places up and down 14th are staying packed simply because the neighborhood is “hot,” and going out in that area is like being part of a scene for a lot of people. It’s like the touristy part of DC for DC residents.

    • +1 very well put

    • I completely agree. Masa 14 (and most places on 14th street) have always underwhelmed me.

    • i’ve had food there that was fantastic. you’re really just trying to be insulting, but theres nothing wrong with going out to hang out with others and meet new people amongst the throngs of people.

      • Especially if one among them can show you how to use the shift key.

      • I went once and it was so loud I couldn’t have any conversation with the people I came with, let alone meeting new people amongst the throngs. (Though I always LOVE anything that happens amongst the throngs! )

    • I’ve only had a few bites of the food at Masa, but I thought it was very flavorful and interesting. What could make it better?

      • You’ve only had “bites” because each of their “tapas” plates have about 3-4 bites total. $10 for a thimble of gazpacho? No thanks.

        • Actually it was because I wasn’t hungry but was with someone who ordered a couple things off the happy hour menu and I ended up trying some. It was surprisingly substantial though.

    • justinbc

      I’ve had good dishes and disappointing dishes there, but never anything I would consider “bad”. The restaurants on the strip definitely seem crowded regardless of quality, but the same could be said for Chinatown, where the quality is even lower.

    • Agreed — after living in DC for many years I finally checked it out last weekend and was underwhelmed. Though there was nothing wrong with the food, nothing stood out and my friend and I both found the atmosphere a bit odd. A weird mix of a club vibe and an industrial backdrop and it wasn’t doing anything for either of us. Certainly not a bad place but nothing to write home about.

    • I agree. I live just a few blocks away from 14th and U and I avoid the area like the plague on Saturday evening. In fact, I’m thinking of moving back to Mount Pleasant just to get away from it.

  • bottomless brunch for the win

  • Could we please get past this whole tapas fad, like now? Tapas are supposed to be tasty snacks for when you’re downing a bottle of sherry, not some novelty chic ethnic cuisine for egomaniac chef-owners to experiment with and charge obscene prices for. $10 for a thimble of gazpacho? No thanks.

    As for Masa 14: blase to say the least…. usually never a good sign when a restaurant has to add sushi to its menu, like many a Thai place in this city. Masa definitely caters more to the townie crowd than any restaurant on 14th, as exhibited by its prices and clientele.

    • you can choose to not go there without resorting to negativity.

      • Hello Masa 14 shill – honest comments about food quality does not = negativity. “Negativity” is a ridiculous term at best and especially so in this context. Honest opinions that differ from yours are valid when presenting individual experiences and opinions on a blog.

      • You got a problem with honesty and free speech, Anon? Just because my review of Masa doesn’t sound like a paid advertisement doesn’t mean I was resorting to negativity.

    • Just curious, what do you mean by “townie crowd”?

  • I’ve only ever been for brunch or drinks, and their food was pretty solid. Nothing was bad, but some things were really good.

  • I have to say I love the bottomless brunch here. But I also agree there are dozens of restaurants on the 14th sTreet corridor which only provide a scene and a silly excuse for food. I have to say a perfect example of this is Estadio. I almost cried when I saw how small the tapas were, it was literally 1/10 of any tapa I had at Masa 14. But yet, this place is raved and loved but I came there hungry and left starving and broke.

    I 100% disagree withe statement about Chinatown having less options. SEI, Daikaya, Zengo, Rasika, Nopa and Oya are great options in Chinatown and you actually get a meal. Not to mention Zaytinya puts most ‘tapas’ restaurants in DC to shame.

    • I don’t know what’s so wrong with “scenes”. If I want a great meal I’ll make it myself or go to a restaurant that’s known for its food. But if I’m meeting someone out– and usually this ends up being on 14th street because it’s so central– I don’t care as much about the food and just want a lively atmosphere.

  • Masa 14 is one of the rare places I find myself returning to on 14th St. I find the food novel, well executed and the atmosphere more comfortable than most the bro spots filled with just 20-somethings. Love their okra dish. Not quite getting the hate.

  • Sounds like the demand is there for a 14th Street Applebee’s!

  • I have eaten at Masa several times for brunch and dinner and have always enjoyed the food. It’s not the best meal I’ve had in DC, but it’s far from the worst. However, I thought the sushi was the most disappointing thing on the menu. It is basically an ice cream cone made out of rice and seaweed with a tiny bit of fish that is very hard to eat. Maybe the new offerings will be served as rolls that you don’t have to eat with your hands.

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