Matsumoto's is one of our regular stops whenever we make it to Haleiwa. We again made a special side trip on our circle island drive to get a true shave ice treat. We were both disappointed by what we got. The line is long as always and the price is reasonable, but the taste and texture definitely wasn't up to Matsumoto's contemporaries on O'ahu. There was not enough flavor syrup to give you the to-be-savored sweet sensation we expected and had in the past. There was a slightly artificial aftertaste as well. It was disappointing and not worth the trip. We got far tastier shave ices in Honolulu at a festival in Kapiolani Park and at Wailoa Shave ice. My nephew and family had visited Matsumoto's about a week before we had. They had sampled shave ice on M'aui and the Big Island as well as on O'ahu. They had told us that Matsumoto's was not anywhere in their list of favorite shave ice stands. We were doubtful about their review but after trying it ourselves we heartily agree that Matsumoto's is no longer living up to their reputation.
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