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Matsuri report

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Matsuri report

bookistan | Sep 6, 2004 02:25 PM

We went during the Rep. Convention, assuming it would be quiet, and I've been curious to check out. There was only one other party when we arrived a bit after 7, and it got to maybe half full by 9. Service was friendly throughout, if lacking a bit of grace.

As for food, I had a truly yummy mushroom appetizer, baked in paper and opened at the table. My companion had a seared kobe beef appetizer which was good but not great - a bit bland. My main course was shrimp tempura which I'd say was a notch or two better than what you'll find at an average Japanese restaurant. It was not at all greasy and there was a nice assortment of vegetables to go along with the shrimp. My companion had a mixed plate of sushi which he enjoyed but said it was on par with many other restaurants. We split a roasted pineapple dessert which I found generally unsatisfying. The pineapple was fine, but the accompanying sauce was very tart and just unappealing. With two cocktails and a side of rice, the bill before tip came to $120.

I really enjoyed the decor and may go back to take out-of-towners, but I doubt I'll make a point of returning otherwise. I wonder how long the place will last??

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