21 July 2013
Lunch in a sit-down restaurant on weekdays are a little luxury for me. Matsuri is one of my favourite spots that fits this description because I can leave without spending more than $20, but still get a decent feed and good service.
I suffered through crappy sushi for months while I travelled around Europe (alert: first world problem). My own silly decision to dine at a Japanese restaurant in Hungary found me eating sushi with crunchy avocado pieces, gross!
Spicy roll ($16.50)
The “Matsuri Special Rolls” are always my choice if I don’t want to splurge on a full-sized bento box. “Spicy Roll” is one of the best because of the liberal lashings of hot chilli sauce, fresh salmon pieces and ripe avocado. We chomped quickly and polished off the plate within minutes.
Grilled eel roll ($16.50)
"Grilled Eel Roll" is special roll covered with a generous drizzle of Japanese BBQ sauce. There’s sweet pieces of egg and lots of tender unagi (eel). Watch out for the large end pieces - great for presentation, but danger for the front of your shirt. You can’t count on squeezing the whole thing into your mouth (ha, that’s what she said).
We ordered genmaicha sencha (my fav green tea with toasted rice) which costs $1.50 for a large cup. I wasn’t sure if re-fills were free, but I doubt it. Service was friendly and attentive. The food arrived quickly enough, but I prefer to order beforehand so I don’t rush through my lunchbreak. Matsuri draws a good crowd because it’s just cheap enough for students, but also fancy enough for business lunches.
Likes: “Matsuri Special Rolls”
Value for money: average
Overall: happy to splurge a little for my fav sushi rolls
250 St Georges Tce
(08) 9322 7737