It was by mere chance I came across this small restaurant at Goldhill Plaza about 2 years ago, when dinner time came around and we were looking for food. The restaurant is rather discrete and the only giveaway is a Japanese lantern hanging at the door. We slided the door in hope of dinner but was curtly informed the restaurant was fully booked for the night.
I have not had the chance to go back until about a couple months ago. The restaurant has a make-over since my first encounter. It is more modern but still retains its small cosy feel. I found out there is a set-lunch-of-the-day for each weekday of the week for $15. On Wednesdays, it is a tempura udon and sushi set. That was what my friend ordered and truely, it was not a bad deal at all. You won't go out of the doors hungry. Me, on the other hand, had a case of bad tummy and for the sake of not risking any aggrevation, I got one of my favourites - the saba shioyaki set (S$12). The fish was reasonably done well, full of omega-3 and thus retaining its full juicyness.
Because I could not forget that chirashi is served on Mondays and Fridays, I had to wait for an opportunity to go back again.
I found out the set comes with chawanmushi - decently smooth, custardy and very flavourful. The little porcelain bowl hides a chunk of unagi, a piece of boneless chicken and a couple of fake crab. I am not a fan of chawamushi but I liked this enough to finish the whole thing without pain.
I awaited eagerly for the star of my lunch (pictured here lah) and on first sight, it was pleasing. The toppings were plenty - a couple slices of tamago (not the finest work of art, but quite tasty), a couple slices of raw salmon, 1/2 a big scallop, small slice of swordfish, few strips of squid, a puny raw prawn, a bigger cooked prawn, spoonful of tobiko, a sashimi-worth slice of yellowtail, a couple slices of mediocre tuna and a generous slab of fatty unagi. Did I miss out anything? Anyway, the raw stuff was rather fresh and given the price of this bowl, I think the selection was reasonable.
The miso soup was also slightly different from the usual wakame and tofu. There was no wakame and because prawn heads are boiled together, there was a distinct crustacean flavour. But I found it just alright.
So if you are around the area, do consider popping by for a quick and satisfying lunch at Matsuo. I need to go back next on a Wednesday! No reservations are taken for lunch but do make a reservation for dinner though, lest you be turned away like me.
1 Goldhill Plaza
#01-17 Goldhill Plaza
Tel: 6356 2603