Masao's Kitchen

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    ( 17 reviews )
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581 Moody St, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, 02453

Small restaurant serving macrobiotic and vegan buffet including desserts. Open Tue-Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-7:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Macrobiotic, Organic, Buffet, Take-out

17 Reviews

First Review by zaphod46

Great food, good for quick stop - Edit

Casual spot for a home cooked, healthy, and super tasty all vegan meal! Buffet style. Don't hold back! Seitan cutlets and tofu were impressively delicious, really wowed me! Good assortment of colors and flavors. All the food was excellent. Next time I'm in the area, I'm def coming back here!

Pros: Good for quick stop to dine in or take out, Fantastic food

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This. Place. Is. Amazing. - Edit

Had been meaning to come here for quite some time now, and finally was in the neighborhood. Masao, the man behind the food, is also the man behind the counter. 17 years and counting, I can see why this place is so highly ranked.

If i could write a post just on the BBQ Seitan Cutlets wth the Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, i would. These little guys completely stole the show. I'm not usually a fan of seitan, seeing how hardy it usually is, but these puffs of air with the mushroom sauce are actually to die for. I WILL be learning how to make these one day, because they are absolutely stellar.

The rest of the food is just as incredible though, from the bbq tofu to the barley and sweet potatoes, to the black beans. Food is buffet style and paid for by weight, so be wary. But also don't hold back. Not even a little bit.

Many thanks to Masao, and congratulations on establishing such a wonderful little home. Vegan be warned: you will NOT want to eat anywhere else.

Pros: Amazing Food, Great Service, History to prove their success!

Cons: Nothing!

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Feels like home - Edit

I really enjoyed my late afternoon meal here. The place is small and simply adorned, but the owner is very hospitable and the food is lovingly made.

The place offers a pay-by-the-pound buffet. It's a fantastic value at $10 per pound, especially for fresh, homemade vegan food. The menu offerings rotate, and they're posted on their website's calendar. I especially liked the crunchy seitan cutlet and mushroom sauce. Really tasty.

Pros: Hospitable, Homey, Tasty

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Healthy, healing and delicious! - Edit

This place has a wonderful energy about it and the food is made with love. Great place to get some rebalancing, nutritiously delicious vegan food and heal your body.

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You Can Taste the Love In This Food! - Edit

Vegan Pay-by-the-Pound Macrobiotic Buffet with a few regular menu items. The only place I can say that I feel more alive after eating there!
One of our favorite places! Simple and pure!

Pros: Kind owner!, Wide selection!

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So-so - Edit

It pains me to write this review and I'm hoping it was just bad timing, but the food, while very tasty, was all ice cold. Very disappointing. Even more so because it could have been really good.

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Seriously healthy food - Edit

This is my first time going to a macrobiotic restaurant. Lunch was a buffet in which you pay $10 a pound (your plates are weighed each time you fill up).

Let's begin now, after I've eaten my fill of brown rice, broccoli and kale, BBQ tofu, romaine and shredded daikon salad--I feel terrific and full and energized.

That experience alone makes Masao's kitchen more than a restaurant - this is a place that saves lives and builds community - indeed, nearly everyone who came in was a regular who knew the owner by name. It's no small feat to see this kind of nutritional solidarity even in the midst of this remarkable plant based food revolution.

The food itself is very simple and not especially flavorful. While there are some exceptions in macrobiotic cuisine--see Marlene Watson Tara's excellent and flavor forward Macrobiotic for All Seasons--the food at Masao's kitchen is old school macrobiotic.

As a vegan and a visitor to Waltham, I can honestly say I'd love to have a restaurant like this in my neighborhood. I don't ever plan to follow a strict macrobiotic diet but there's something healing and communal happening here. Seriously healthy food and happy people.

Pros: super food buffet, reasonably priced , very inviting communal atmosphere

Cons: lack of flavor (even with the many healthy salty c

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Good buffet with lots of healthy options - Edit

I've been to the buffet a few times, and the food is pretty good. I like the BBQ tofu.

I would say things tend to be undersalted or not salted at all, especially the veggie sides. There's seasonings in front of the counter on one of the tables if you need them, but no table salt that I saw. BYOS?

Pros: buffet, good

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very good - Edit

small food selection but all 3 items I ate were great. BBQ tofu, sweet potatoes and broccoli & kale. the food was simple but very well made.

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Fabulous Vegan Food - Edit

A fabulous restaurant! The food is phenomenal!

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I Crave The Barbecue Tofu! - Edit

I adore this small, sweet eatery. The food is super healthy and I love all Masao's has to offer but the Barbecued Tofu is my favourite in the whole, wide world. He's a sweet fella and this is the place I always think of when I want to eat a satisfying, healthful meal.

Pros: Super yummy, Macrobiotic & vegan, Super-nice owner

Cons: Wish it was easier to get to, Kinda expensive

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Would go again - Edit

We were there half an hour before the restaurant closed, so we did a take away. There were only less than 10 dishes for the buffet dishes and we took a bit of all dishes. My husband think everything was tasteless except for the BBQ tofu, which were more like a ketchup marinated tofu rather than BBQ. I thought food were a bit plain, but i wont think it was tasteless. We fed two of us at $20, so price was reasonable.

Pros: Food

Cons: *

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Good vibe - Edit

When you walk in everyone knows each other and knows Masao, the owner. You feel the community this restaurant creates. Everyone there is so nice, it makes up for the lack of decor. I've only tried the buffet once, and it was just OK. I love the sandwiches though. The BBQ tofu sandwich is amazing. I also loved the apple fritter. Some room for improvement, but I'd frequent this place if I lived closer.

Pros: bbq tofu!, atmosphere

Cons: decor

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Great Macro Food : ) - Edit

I love Masao's! Whenever I walk in here, it seems like everyone knows each other, which is nice. The food is mostly organic and is delicious. I highly recommend for a casual lunch, or for take-out.

Pros: Vegan, Healthy, Organic

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AWESOME - Edit

Masao is the owner of the restaurant and has had many years experience cooking macrobiotic/whole foods all over the globe. I believe that he has trained extensively at THE Kushi Institute here and abroad. His philosophy is to "only cook when happy, cook happy food." This is my family's number one favorite restaurant. EVERY SINGLE time we go to another restaraunt, we say we wish we had gone to Masao's. The food is clean, delish, presented well and the deserst are SO good!
I love his practical use of space, there is no waste at Masao's. If it is too crowed we are more than pleased to task some of his happy food home. Our very FAV is the barbeque tofu, it is OMG good! Believe you me, I have eaten vegie all over this city and this is THE number one authentic macro/whole foods place in Boston. I WISH there were more, but there are not. I love this restaraunt so much I never want him to retire! Also, his employess are very kind and engaging if you wish to engage. I like that, it is important to me for people to be treated well. You can clearly see that moral in the kitchen is very peaceful.

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Just ok - Edit

Went for lunch at Masao's Kitchen, excited to try one of the few vegan restaurants in the area. This is a small restaurant that seats 20. We walked in and waited and didn't know if someone would seat us or should we go to the counter or what? Finally I asked and was told to grab a plate and then they would weigh it and we would pay. They should post these directions somewhere in the restaurant because I imagine some come and leave without asking. I tried a little bit of almost everything: Seitan cutlets, BBQ tofu, brown rice, chickpeas, broccoli and kale, squash with onions and radish, hijiki and carrots, and the potato and cauliflower salad. Two plates of food and one drink came to $18 and my partner had very little on his plate. The food was good, but not great. Reminds me of some of the first vegetarian food I ever had years ago that was plain and often left me explaining to meat eaters that vegetarian and vegan food REALLY is good. The BBQ tofu is in a tomatoey type sauce, but I can't call it BBQ. The seitan cutlet was chewy, cold, and had no taste. The brown rice, broccoli and kale, and chickpeas were good. The squash was too die for and probably the highlight of my meal. I would never have thought to put radish in with squash, but it works. The potato and cauliflower salad was good as well, but needed a little more something to punch up the flavor. I wouldn't classify this restaurant as one of my all time favorites, but it was close by and offered food I can eat so for that I am appreciative. For the lack of modern type food to highlight what vegan food can be and what it has become, I will relegate this restaurant to the bottom of list for only if I can't go elsewhere. Sorry! This restaurant has so much potential that it saddens me that they can't see what they could become if they worked harder to improve some basic things like decor, customer service, food quality and if they food on the buffet was hot and not served room temperature.

Pros: a vegan restaurant in metro-Boston!, something different, close by

Cons: room temperature food, overpriced for basic food, decor and ambience

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Great Buffet - Edit

We went there for brunch with two vegans, two omnis, and one baby and everyone enjoyed themselves. The two omnis tried the more familiar parts of the buffet (beans, noodles) and skipped some of the less familiar (cabbage with tempeh). The baby enjoyed chomping on a green bean, and we vegans sampled pretty much everything between us.

This isn't your standard "all you can eat" buffet overflowing with different dishes. You pay by the pound ($8/pound when we were there) and there is lots of variety, but not a lot of choices: you can fill all your basic needs (starch, protein, greens, etc), but you may only have one or two choices in some categories. The food was all tasty and well prepared.

Pros: good value, wide variety

Cons: cramped dining area

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