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A Genuine Japanese Dining Experience: Masamune in Fort Lauderdale

A Genuine Japanese Dining Experience: Masamune in Fort Lauderdale

In the era of Asian fusion and cuisine crafted for the ‘gram, it can be hard to find traditional flavors. For those searching for a genuine Japanese dining experience, look no further than the hidden treasure known as Masamune. It’s everything you would hope for from an authentic hole-in-the-wall: fresh fish that’s imported, not frozen, and classic Japanese dishes that are hard-pressed to find elsewhere, such as jellyfish salad.

The charming décor is welcoming and laid-back. The walls are decorated with peaceful scenes of cherry blossom trees and jellyfish, and there is plenty of seating both on the main floor and at the sushi bar. We chose a table on the main floor with a great view of the sushi bar.

Masamune offers a well-rounded selection of Japanese dishes including traditional ramen, teriyaki, and a robata menu of meats and fish cooked to perfection. We cannot forget the showstopper: fresh sushi with fish imported overnight from Japan. This definitely impressed me and the quality really speaks for itself.

For our meal, we started with some savory pork gyoza and delicate shrimp shumai appetizers which were delicious morsels packed with flavor. These were followed by a traditional salmon roll, one of my go-to sushi orders and this one did not disappoint. Masamune’s sushi is where you can really taste the difference between authentic cuisine and most modern fusion places: not only was the salmon flavorful, but the wasabi and ginger are fresh, and their unique soy sauce is house-made, low-sodium, and scrumptious. We followed up with the US-1 roll, a house favorite with shrimp tempura, a generous amount of avocado, and dynamite. We also ordered chicken liver off the robata menu, which was surprisingly light and tasty for liver, as well as the mouthwatering duck. It’s safe to say, we did not leave hungry!

Our meal was delightful from start to finish: the service is impeccable, the food is incredible, and the wide variety of menu items make it impossible to get bored. We’ll have to keep coming back if we want to try everything so I am thankful we live close by!

Masamune has two different locations in Fort Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach. You can access their website here!

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Kate is a Neuro-Psychology graduate with a penchant for writing. Her travel-intensive lifestyle and love of trying new things give her a worldly perspective that she applies in her articles.


  1. This place looks amazing! I absolutely love ramen so I would definitely go here next time I’m in Fort Lauderdale. I’ve never been to Japan but this seems like a pretty authentic experience!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, very authentic 🙂

  2. Oooooooooooo looks delish! I love Japanese food but even more so when you get an authentic traditional feel!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Same here, Erica!

  3. Beth

    Wow, fresh fish delivered from Japan the next day, that’s pretty incredible. I’m sure it is delicious!

    • Carmen Edelson

      The best you can find in Fort Lauderdale for sure!

  4. This looks so delish! I love Japanese food, so I’ll definitely have to check this place out if I’m ever in the area.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you do, Holly!

  5. Alexandria Brady

    This looks amazing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It was absolutely delicious!

  6. Masamune looks fantastic, I haven’t been to Florida in ages but I know where I need to eat when I find myself in Ft. Lauderdale again. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, absolutely! You’re welcome 🙂

  7. You can see the quality of the food in this post – I am curious how the gyoza were as they are my favourite! It looks an amazing place to eat and the sushi looks insane, especially with fresh fish and wasabi!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Their gyoza is absolutely delicious!

  8. Leah

    The pork sounds delicious! I absolutely love Japanese food, especially a really authentic Teriyaki dish… *drools*

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know, so do I! I was in heaven here.

  9. Renata

    First I was all jealous because I thought you are in Japan – and I canceled my trip that was foreseen for September.
    Then I was all jealous because you were lucky to enjoy these fantastic Japanese delicacies – they look just delicious!

    • Carmen Edelson

      So sorry you had to cancel! This is the next best thing 🙂

  10. From your pictures the food looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of raw sushi, but I can do cooked. So if they have that, it would be great to eat here. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, they do! Also, a lot of other cooked dishes you’d enjoy.

  11. Wow, it’s amazing now how many authentic dishes you can get all over the world and it’s something we really love. It’s nice to when you love a cuisine from your travels and you can get the real deal back home too!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I agree! So nice.

  12. This place looks amazing & so good to read about your experience too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re so welcome, thanks for reading!

  13. Lance

    Masamune looks amazing. When speaking of sushi, fresh is always best, and it sounds like Masamune really fits the bill with fresh fish flown in from Japan daily! Very impressive. I, too, like a great salmon roll.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Salmon rolls are the best! And I agree, fresh is always the best 🙂

  14. I’m so excited I came across your post! I’m actually heading to Florida for an entire month in a few weeks and we’ll be stopping through Ft. Lauderdale! You had me sold on the impressive offerings including the jellyfish salad. Yum!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m so glad to hear it! I hope you enjoy your time in Florida 🙂

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