For my colleague’s birthday, we organised a celebratory lunch at Matsuri in the QV1 building in the CBD. I’d had take-away from Matsuri a few times previously, but didn’t really enjoy it as it was often soggy, lukewarm and bland. However, dining in was a completely different experience and I know now why Matsuri’s restaurant is constantly busy for weekday lunches.
Our group all ordered from the set menu, which is also the way Matsuri recommends. I ordered the Pork Katsu Curry ($18.90) – deep fried pork loin cutlet with curry sauce, with the set menu also including rice, miso soup, green salad and some other small dishes that changes regularly. On the day we dined, we had pickled cucumber, bean sprouts and fish cakes. I loved that the curry sauce was on the side so the deep-fried pork loin was still crunchy. The miso soup had a great flavour to it, and it was my first experience with the soup featuring clams. The salad was fresh and crunchy. Overall, I was very happy with my lunch.
The birthday girl, Steph, ordered the Beef Teriyaki ($18.90) and was also very happy with her meal.
G ordered the Pork Katsu Don ($19.90), featuring deep fried pork loin cutlet served with egg and onion. I loved the presentation of this set meal, as the katsu don arrived in a beautiful box, and had a generous serving of rice underneath the pork.
L ordered the ginger fish ($18.90), which came with a lot of flavour and a light coating.
We loved our lunch at Matsuri and even though initially we thought it was a bit pricey, after our lunch we thought the prices were reasonable for the quality of the food and the generous serving sizes.