Travel Magazine

Matsuri at The Chancery: Japanese Food at Its Authentic Best

By Rashmi Gopal Rao

Did you know that Japanese never make their guests sit with their backs facing the door? I too did not, until I visited Matsuri, at The Chancery.  It is here that I learnt, that, it is apparently considered disrespectful as it indicates you are showing your guests the door.

My experience with Japanese food has been fairly limited and hence was delighted when I was invited for a tasting session organized by Yuji Okano, Executive Chef at Matsuri.  It was an interactive afternoon where three other bloggers and me literally had a taste of ‘Japan’ at one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the city.  The insights shared by the team about Japaneses customs, culture and traditions in addition to the cuisine were truly interesting.

894

Ambience:

The decor at the award winning Matsuri is simple, contemporary yet elegant.  The restaurant that has 52 covers has decor that is representative of Japanese traditions which includes the beige color scheme, extensive use of wood and typical Japanese artefacts and wall paper.

896

There are four private dining rooms (PDRs) apart from normal seating and a section that has a common bench and high stools.  The latter, I was given to understand is preferred commonly by Japanese as this kind of seating is a great way to sit with strangers and bond over the food.

897
‘Community table’ type seating

Again many of them prefer privacy and hence the PDRs are designed such that the guest(s) can really enjoy their solitude with even the staff entering only on the call of a buzzer.  With soft instrumental Japanese music in the background, a meal at Matsuri is sure to transport you to the land of the rising Sun!

Food

Matsuri in Japanese translates as festival and true to its name, the food here celebrates the inherent spirit of Japan.  Carefully curated by chef Yuji Okano, the food is authentic and reflects native taste and ingredients.

Chef Yuji Okano
Chef Yuji Okano

While I was under the impression that options for vegetarians like me would be limited in Japanese cuisine, I was pleasantly surprised.  The vegetarian fare was wholesome, healthy and filling.  While most cuisines serve soups and appetizers separately which is then followed by the main course, Japanese cuisine serves most of these together as a ‘set meal’ so that you can ‘mix and match’ the components.

898

The vegetarian plate had  ‘tempura‘ which is essentially butter fried vegetables with white radish and tempura sauce, Japanese style pickles, deep fried tofu and vegetable dumplings served with boiled vegetables.  The Mizure and Teriyaki sauce that was served were bursting with unique flavors.  My favorite was the butter fried vegetables due to the crunch and mild taste.

DSC03852

The miso pasted soup full of veggies was delectable.

937

This was followed by the Sushi platter after which came the Udon noodles that was served with a soya based soup.  The spread was filling and most of us had a hard time finishing the portions!

944

DSC03860

Fruit creme Mitsumame served for dessert was awesome to say the least.  Not so sweet in taste, the combinations of fruits, ice cream and seaweed agar gelatin is unbeatable.  With the components blending beautifully yet reflecting the individual flavors in a way that is no one element is overpowering speaks volume of Yuji Okano’s expertise.

961

Details

Matsuri is open for lunch (12.00 – 15.00 hours) and dinner (18.00 – 23.00 hours) and is located at The Chancery on Lavelle Road.  Do visit this link for more details.

Click here and here for my other restaurant reviews .


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Harry and Meghan Announce That They Are Expecting Their First Child

    Harry Meghan Announce That They Expecting Their First Child

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex while arriving in Australia for their first official overseas tour have released some special news. They are having a baby. The... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Solarisastro
    BODY, MIND, SPIRIT, SPIRITUALITY
  • Concert Review: Some Roads Lead to Rome

    Concert Review: Some Roads Lead Rome

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings old-style Berlioz to Carnegie Hall. by Paul J. Pelkonen Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Photo courtesy Carnegie Hall. Historically... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Cali Mavericks DoubleWood Whiskey Review

    Cali Mavericks DoubleWood Whiskey Review

    A craft bourbon made in California, through contract distillation, and finished in toasted French Oak; Cali Mavericks DoubleWood Whiskey is the latest thing to... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Josh Peters
    DRINK
  • The Definitive Guide to Surviving Shopping at DMart

    It is a known fact that shopping at a DMart store can be a life-threatening experience. Which is why a guide like this is absolutely essential. Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Tejas Nair
  • Halloweens from Our Youth & Hellish Costumes

    Halloweens from Youth Hellish Costumes

    Let’s start with the obvious here. You could not breathe in these masks back in the 70s. You felt like you were being suffocated or worse. Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Midlifemargaritas
    LIFESTYLE
  • North American P-51D Mustang

    North American P-51D Mustang

    @ Camarillo Municipal Airport, CA August 2017 This P-51 Mustang “Bunny”, from the Palm Springs Air Museum, taxies by for takeoff at the Wings Over Camarillo... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • ✔638. Westleigh Park

    ✔638. Westleigh Park

    Havant Waterlooville 0-1 GatesheadNational League Saturday 13th October 2018 Havant is a town in the south east corner of Hampshire, situated in between... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Smidrophenia
    SOCCER, SPORTS

Magazine