Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 18:00 - 22:00
This small Japanese restaurant offers many sushi, sashimi bento and other options.
I had lunch here today. It was my first time and was quite nervous to enter because I read in HGW's reviews that the service is super bad. However, it was acceptable to me, probably because I eat fast.
I ordered the Thursday set meal:
Potato Salad - A+, normally I don't like potato salad in other Japanese joints. This one actually tasted great! The chef neutralizes the smell of the potato, making it enjoyable for me.
Beef Teriyaki - A-, not fantastic but compared to other beef teriyakis I have eaten, this is nice to eat. The Teriyaki sauce was not too sweet. I was impressed.
Salmon Sashimi - B+, no big deal for me but overall pleasant to eat. The fish does not smell so it is a good sign.
Miso Soup - A, I believe this was homemade.
The chef also gave us a free slice of unagi, about two bites worth. I am not sure if this came with my set or my brother's Chirashi Don but it was a pleasant surprise. We were not treated too shabbily. The waitresses do have the tendency to take away the plates as soon as we are done with the dish but it didn't disturb me. The set meal is really worth the money too. I will definitely return to try their other dishes.
had lunch last week. Sushi rice is hard and dry. raw fish does not taste fresh. think standards have dropped. Chef basically put Slab of fish on rice. tamago is a little wet. Looking at display of fish at counter, some had turned darkish in colour esp one of the raw scallops. It's shocking that this place is not even comparable to a sushi chain like sushi tei. They used to be quite good.
Sashimi is fresh, but food is slightly overpriced, as is the norm in most Japanese establishments in Singapore. And the servers have all the charm of a neo-Nazi biker gang. One shoved my chair (while I was sitting on it, mind you) and barked at me twice in the course of ten minutes. Beyond horrible.
Yes, Matsuo’s service can be shifty. But if you’ve had the omakase (chef’s selection) set ($80++ to $130++ per person) – and this is what you should stick to – and witnessed the camaraderie between the chefs and the regular Japanese clientele, you would be willing to overlook it. Not that they’re not happy to welcome new customers – even if you’re not sitting at the bar, Matsuo’s chefs (including chef Matsuo himself) will keep a corner of their eye on you as you slurp up the fresh half-shell oyster-with-daikon-and-soy-sauce starter, take in the fat slices of sashimi, inhale the tender stewed beef slices, and struggle to finish up the last sushi pieces with thick, buttery slices of fish. For more kaiseki and omakase restaurant reviews, read here http://www.hungrygowhere.com/dining-guide/best-and-top/best-kaiseki-and-omakase-restaurants-*aid-c2783f00/