The fiancee and I went to Matsuwa for lunch. I thought I'd give a short report on my personal chow experience there.
On entering today (Saturday) there were samples galore to be had. Some were seasoning put on top of sticky rice. I'm not sure what the taste was supposed to be, I think it was some sort of fish/miso kind of thing. It was a little too something for my taste, but it was interesting. There were various drinks to be tried, I think most were some sort of milk based drink - coffees and sodas. There was also a guy giving out samples of a brand of Miso soup.
On to the chow.
Sushi - I did not partake in the sushi, but there was a "sushi buffet" today instead of the usual pre-made boxes. Each piece of sushi was wrapped in celophane. There was a set variety of sushi, nothing terribly unusual, but it all looked fresh. We watched as the people making the sushi put the sushi through a mechanical device which wrapped the sushi. The price was pretty reasonable - about a buck a piece.
There were boxes of rolls and the fiancee chose a vegetarian roll.
I went for the interesting curry shop next to the gellato place. It - I think - looked in some ways the least accesable. I remembered that someone mentioned it on the board and decided to give it a shot. I ordered the chicken terriaki with rice and curry. For $5.00, I got a lot of food: a huge mound of rice, chicken and the curry sauce which took up half the plate (but did not cover the chicken). The chicken was quite tender and flavorful. I could pick it apart with my chop-sticks. The curry was interesting - it was very brown, sweet (but not spicy). It was defintely curry, but not anything like a a curry I have had on Devon Ave. The whole dish was filling and quite good.
The Fiancee went to the Korean place at the other end of the food court. My experience there was of being kind of rushed in my decision of what to get. I felt that the people there were quite pushy. She was not enamoured of her choice which was a spicy chicken dish.
We didn't get anything else, but I was stuffed. We wandered through the grocery store - although we really had did not have a need to purchase anything.
The most interesting thing I saw at the grocery store was a demonstration of a mochi machine. Mochi, as understand it, is (was) made through time consuming manual labor. Now, there is a machine which allows one to make mochi (is that the correct spelling), in an automated and time-saving manner.
Unfortunately we didn't have time to look at the independant shops, but I always like to look at the book store when I have time.