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An unforgettable sushi experience at a Michelin rated restaurant in Gion

Sushi Matsumoto

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Sushi Matsumoto
A sophisticated sushi experience you will never forget! This Michelin rated sushi restaurant is located in Gion district of Kyoto. The sushi is served as “omakase” style which means that you will be served the freshest fish in season. Edo-mae sushi, originally from Tokyo, are prepared by a chef who has developed his skills in the Kanto region. While sushi rice is commonly mixed with sugar and vinegar, at Sushi Matsumoto, no sugar is used. Red vinegar is used instead creating impactful flavors. T...morehe sushi made by this chef is soft and fluffy in texture reflecting his friendly personality. This young chef opened the restaurant in historical district of Gion only about ten years ago, yet it is now a successful restaurant. Be prepared to be surprised with a marvelously delicious meal.
Our Comments
Average: ★★★★★4.3
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Sushi dinner I never experienced before! The chef prepares the appetizer dishes first and then the sushi one by one in a course. Making sure of any ingredients that I cannot eat, the chef prepared an amazing meal personally and perfectly. It's an incredible treat to eat sushi created by this young chef!
The sushi at this restaurant are simple, yet have an unforgettable and pungent flavor of red vinegar. This is a place where you can enjoy Edo-mae style sushi of Tokyo right here in Kyoto. The sushi chef has his own unique style and I appreciate his presentation of his own beliefs!
1Must Eat !
Omakase / ¥9,000 - ¥15,000 (Lunch) ¥15,000 - ¥17,000 (Dinner)
Omakase style is often common in sushi restaurants where it is up to the chef to carefully plan your whole meal. Often in sushi restaurants, the light tasting sushi is first served and preceded with heavier sushi. Enjoy the parade of sushi cautiously created one by one by the very talented chef.
2Must Eat !
“Tsumami” Dishes before the Nigiri / ¥17,000 (Omakase Dinner)
Although you can request to be served only Nigiri sushi, the Omakase course with appetizer dishes, or Tsumami, is recommended. Although the types of dishes served are changed seasonally, several dishes are presented before the round of sushi. Appetizers include Sashimi, soup, and Vinegared Mackerel as pictured on the left.
3Let's Try !
Sake / Varies
With your meal, enjoy some local sake! Matches perfectly with the entire meal, the restaurant serves sake from Fushimi Matsumoto brewery. A tray full of sake cups, also known as ochoco, will be presented in front of you. Choose an ochoco that you like and enjoy the sake hot or cold.
Wet Napkin and Pickled Ginger
4Let's Try !
Wet Napkin and Pickled Ginger / Free
Use the wet napkin to wipe your fingers in between Nigiri sushi.
Eat the pickled ginger in between each sushi to clean your palette.
How to Order & Eat
Call in to make a reservation. After seated, you will be asked for any ingredients you cannot eat. Make sure to let them know of any ingredients you are allergic to or prefer not to eat. The chef will create your meal according to your desire.
- Order Tips -
The whole meal is about 1.5 to 2 hours long.
Sushi Matsumoto Appearance photo
Sushi Matsumoto
Categories Sushi
Phone +81 75-531-2031
Address 570-123 Gion Machi Minami Gawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions ・5-minute walk from Keihan Gion Shijyo Stn.
Hours 12pm - 2pm for Lunch
6pm - 8pm for Dinner
Reservations Required
Closed Wednesdays for lunch and Tuesdays all day
Notes Reservations are required. For non-Japanese speakers, reservation through a concierge at your place of accommodation is required. An insurance of reservation may also be required.
Price range
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Around ¥15,000 - ¥18,000 per person
Credit cards Accepted
Good for Romantic, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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One of a kind experience
Menu No
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 7 counter seats and 4 people table seat
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Sushi Matsumoto +81 75-531-2031 Around ¥15,000 - ¥18,000 per person 2/3

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