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“Do you want the best food?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matsumoto Japanese Restaurant

Matsumoto Japanese Restaurant
48 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Moreland, Victoria 3057, Australia
03 9380 9288
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“Do you want the best food?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

On first appearance Matusoto seems like a rustic, hidden, little resturant. Everything on entering looks simple and 70's. Then when the food arrives, my god, the level of excellence takes you to what becomes your favorite resturant with food unmatched to anything you've had before. I thought Japanese was raw food and loud chefs but here you get a quiet, happy, simple, atmosphere with food you move your calendar around to get to your next plate full.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Melbourne
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152 reviews 152 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Tabletop cooking was intriguing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We visited this restaurant to take advantage of a deal from a group buying site and we heartily impressed with the food. We had the Matsumoto banquet, which consisted of seven courses, including miso soup, sushi and sashimi, oysters, tempura vegetables and fruit (plus a few others I can't quite remember!). The standout was having the main dish (noodles with beef and Asian vegetables) cooked right in front of our eyes on a gas burner stove. I enjoy Japanese food and this restaurant did it good service. Would certainly recommend to anyone looking for Japanese in the inner north of Melbourne.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Local Brunswick Japanese restaurant with a well priced menu.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Last night we ate at Matsumoto Japanese restaurant using a voucher from Living Social. I must admit that when you get a banquet deal for two for $39.00, it is easy to have your opinion 'coloured' by the amazing bargain. I will try to be objective. The place was jumping, mostly with couples, and groups of friends on a cold wintry Thursday night. We had the Matsumoto set, priced at $40 a head. The waiter was happy to make a few changes as we don't eat meat, just seafood. So we ate in order- miso soup,sushi and sashimi, with 4 glorious oysters, horenso salad, vegetarian spring rolls (4),tempura, seafood yosenabe, green tea icec ream and fresh fruit, and a huge pot of green tea. The most fabulous dish was the sashimi and sushi dish. Although not so tasty, the showiness of the table top cooking of the seafood and veg noodle dish made for a some dining excitement.

I am keen to go back and peruse the regular menu.


First we had Miso soup... this was a standard offering, nothing to rave about, but most welcome as a beginner on a cold night. Then came the sa

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Unassuming - Just like Japan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Matsumoto seems to have been around for about ten years. I think one of the reasons for it's longetivity is it's typical cleansingly fresh food & wonderful service. From Sashimi & Sushi through to Tepanayaki & Tempura - I have thoroughly enjoyed every dish I eaten & I have visited Matsumoto a few times. Definitely worth a visit for your Japanese food fix.

Visited April 2012
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“A hidden gem and quiet achiever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

This unassuming Japanese restaurant in Brunswick East is an absolute delight, the food has that very effect that eating Japanese food gives you,its cleansing,fresh and so so tasty.

This visit we decided to try something different from our usual pic,and went for the Sukiyaki hotpot,scrumptious...the lovely friendly waitress prepared it so tenderly on our table...we couldn't go past old faithful,you just can't go past the gyoza here,totally to die for,and sashimi,=yum! Okonomiyaki is also a treat.

The staff are very attentive and friendly which makes the event do pleasant.

If you like Japanese,and can't quite afford the airfare....go to dinner here,as one of my dining companions stated,its just like they do in Japan...

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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