Matsumi, the Japanese restaurant of choice in Hamburg, Germany, is located within the Alster Colonnaden close to the Alster river in the heart of Hamburg’s central business district. The uniquely designed Japanese restaurant provides a most authentic atmosphere and is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. As it has been infamous for many years, reservations are in order.
Lunch at Matsumi
This time I went to my favourite Japanese restaurant in Hamburg only for a quick lunch, but it was still as amazing as any dinner I ever had here. Although menu options are limited at lunch and the sushi bar does not operate at full capacity, the dished on the lunch menu are all outstanding. I had a small but excellent sashimi plate with maguro (bluefin tuna back), sake (salmon), ama ebi (sweet shrimp), ika (squid), hamachi (yellowtail), chu toro (bluefin medium fatty tuna), akamutsu (seaperch), hotategai (scallop), hokkigai (surf clam) and torigai (cockle clam).
Even though the restaurant was full and very busy, the chef seemed as calm as any other day. The attention to detail in preparation in and decoration of each dish always amazes me. It almost makes me feel as I am presented with piece of art for me to eat.
Sushi Guide Verdict
The atmosphere at Matsumi is warm, friendly and absolutely unique with loots of custom made woods, paper windows and cloth as room separators. The sushi bar is the absolute best spot if one is interested in watching the sushi chefs prepare the dishes and allows exciting insights. The menu is outstanding and vast, although only a subset is available for lunch. The drink menu leaves nothing to be desired and the service it outstanding at any time. Matsumi is truly the Japanese restaurant of choice.
Review date: April 25, 2017