[My sister reviews Matsuo]
What do I like? Matsuo’s bald head. The generous slices of fish (see the sushi platter) and the freshness of his fish, which is definitely one of the best in Singapore.
What didn’t I like? As said by many other bloggers, the service is terrible (either that or there is none) and the prices are rough- for example the beef pictured above, flamed grilled and purported to be Kobe, was a whopping $120! Don’t let yourself be ripped off, the best value is to go during the days when they have their $30 and $40 sets, although be warned on Tuesdays and Fridays their sets start from $80 a person.
The sashimi takeaway sets are $30 and for that amount, are pretty good value as they do give quite a bit of fish. The saba set was excellent value, I forget the exact price, I think it was $13 but it could have been $18.
Despite his rough and sometimes arbitrary pricing, Matsuo is popular with many long-time clients who keep him healthily in business and out of reservation spots at his tiny little sushi bar. The place is also hard to find, you can either turn into Goldhill Plaza then go all the way through the carpark to the cluster of shops at the back or else enter via a small sliding door from the front of the building.
Matsuo’s is actually the takeaway and value set mecca for the financial community, many of whom live nearby and swing by for a pick-up meal. Now that I’ve let that cat out of the bag, I guess somebody will have to kill somebody.
Matsuo Japanese Restaurant (Japanese)
1 Newton Road
#01-17 Goldhill Plaza
(Not open for lunch on Sundays and public holidays)
Overall: Good value if you know what to order, generally high quality of sashimi