Matsumoto (Los Angeles, CA)

Matsumoto
8385 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dining date: 12/13/18

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Naruki Matsumoto was the longtime chef of Hirozen which served sushi on this mid-city corner for two decades. In 2016 the ownership of the restaurant changed hands to Matsumoto, who renamed the restaurant. The restaurant is small with just a few tables and a sushi bar seating about ten.

We went with a sushi omakase offering.

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Tai Snapper
Pen Shell Scallop
Mirugai Clam

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Hata Grouper
Spanish Mackerel
Japanese Halfbeak

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Bluefin
Amberjack
Buri Yellowtail

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Baby Snapper
Barracuda
King Mackerel

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Kamatoro Tuna Collar
Golden Eye Snapper
Black Throat Perch

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Filefish
Glass Shrimp
Hairy Crab

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Hokkaido Sea Urchun
Cold Milt

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Sea Eel

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Wagyu

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The omakase total came out to about $200 all-in with a couple of beers. The quality was good, although probably not as high of a level as similarly-priced restaurants. I also would’ve preferred individual plating of the sushi rather than service in trios – I just feel like there’s more focus on each individual piece of sushi that way.

Kamatoro was a treat, excessively fatty with an almost melt-in-mouth texture. Hairy crab was another highlight, sweet and delicate. Black throat perch and golden eye snapper are also favorites whenever I have it. The wagyu was one of the disappointing ones, surprisingly chewy and not with the characteristic richness and flavor I was expecting.


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