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“Pleasantly surprised”

Matsu Japanese Restaurant
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The view from the outside is misleading. You have to try this place if you love sushi. I ordered a 3 variety combo which included shrimp tempura and it came out very fresh with the tempura shrimp still hot unlike other places that serve them cold because it was made hours ago. I have seen this restaurant prior on numerous occasions but was hesitant to go in...what a mistake on my part! I will definitely go back before I fly back home.

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Reviewed July 3, 2014

So deceiving from the outside; but do not let it fool you. Amazing sushi, very fresh. Server Orion beer (which is getting more distribution stateside now), and I would actually par the scallop I had with some that I had in Okinawa a few weeks prior. The takeout sushi is the best. We drive an extra 15 minutes to get this over the 3 or 4 places near our house.

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1  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Thanks to the good reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to try this little Japanese restaurant while staying at an airport hotel near BWI. From the outside it doesn't look very promising, but don't let that fool you. Once you step inside, you find yourself transported to Japan. The sushi is quite excellent, the sake selection is extensive and the shrimp tempura is very authentic. We liked it so much we returned two days later when we flew back to BWI. The restaurant would have merited five stars if not for the Chicken Teriyaki, which tasted a little off.

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1  Thank geldolphMcLeanVA
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Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

The place is away from major roads, from outside looks like nothing interesting. As soon as you open pair of doors you get a very friendly greeting and a smile. Waitresses are patient, knowledgeable about food the restaurant servers and able to make recommendations, despite some minor language problems. Food, if you like Japanese cuisine is great, and prices are affordable. Food is delivered to table quickly, and this is specially important when you eat on the way to the airport (bwi airport is 6 minutes away via back roads). Maki rolls are small, with lots of fish and only small layer of rice around, just the way I like it. Hot food is yummy. Highly recommended place.

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Reviewed June 19, 2014

We've been going to Matsu fairly regularly since about a year after they opened. I was very pleased with how they had transformed a mom 'n' pop pharmacy into a Japanese Restaurant. While neither my wife nor I eat raw sushi (tuna tataki is our limit) I love the cooked sushi and we both enjoy Bento Boxes, soups and the occasional fried rice (it's just too greasy oily) for us.

That said my son and daughter don't have out hangups and devour the just about anything they serve. None of us have ever had anything we didn't enjoy (well almost...)

I tried smoked salmon once and it was a bad experience, not that there was anything wrong with it (the remaining salmon was picked off my remain pieces and inhaled by the kids) I just couldn't stand it. I made a choice to try something new and it didn't work out... I even tried to conceal my dislike from the staff but, they noticed and offered to refund the dish, I respectfully declined.

We really enjoy the decor, how the staff takes care of us and oh, yeah the food.

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Thank Michael H
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