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Yakitori Matsumoto in Ebisu, the Master, and his charcoal deliver
The Ebisu district is famous for
restaurants and bars and are exceptionally well known for Excellent yakitori.
The Yakitori Matsumoto is a notch above most of the restaurants in the area and it's worth a visit.
The first challenge is locating
the restaurant. Hint, it is found next to an establishment serving French food.
Your google navigator will take you within a few meters, but you'll need a
minute to check signs around the destination point.
The restaurant is popular with
local Japanese customers who appreciate the Chef's craft, and we found it full
upon arrival with people lined up and waiting seats when we departed.
(We recommend making a
reservation and sitting at the bar with a view of the Chef at work. You might
need to ask your concierge or a Japanese capable friend to make the call.)
The menu is displayed in
Japanese, but the waitresses are helpful, and fresh foods are lined up in front
of the grill for review and selection. We started with sweet corn shaved from
the cob, eggplant, cabbage with miso sauce, and fresh sliced tomatoes.
The yakitori selections were
numerous and all salted or spiced to perfection. We especially enjoyed the
thigh with peppered skin and breast with salted skin. The tsukune minced
chicken served with a raw egg was Excellent.
The Yakitori Matsumoto charges a
premium for the dishes and beverages, but we feel the venue delivers value.
It’s become our new "go-to" Japanese restaurant when clients or
friends come in from out of town.
The Yakitori Matsumoto opens at
1700 and is a five-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Ebisu Station. (2-11-8
Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,Telephone 03-3462-5009)