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Matusba is a small, sophisticated looking Japanese restaurant in Richmond. After having read many good reviews about it, we eventually made it there for dinner one evening. I thankfully booked ahead - the restaurant was fully booked, and several groups were turned away during our meal.

The lunch menus sound like good value, and the dinner menu is pricy, with a huge amount of dishes to choose from. There are a few set menus, but our waitress advised us against those. Service was friendly for the most part, though at times I got the feeling that our waitress wasn't really interested.

Favorite Dish: We ordered a couple of Asahi beers and read our way through the extensive menu. We opted for some Miso soup to start (it was delicious!) and some Meat Gyoza. We also had a serve of the Grilled Squid with Asparagus, which although delicious, was a ridiculously small portion for the price.

Next up were some very tasty sushi rolls which had crab and avocado with a spicy sauce - they were very good. The funny thing was that they were also supposed to have salmon in them?.but the chef forgot to add it, and we forgot that it was supposed to be in there as they were so good anyway. We were halfway through eating it when the waitress came over and confessed that the chef had forgotten, but was making the salmon up into some small rolls for us. These too were fabulous, the salmon was excellent quality and we are looking forward to returning for some sashimi in the near future.

Finally we had some Teriyaki Duck and rice, again the flavours were very good. We were very impressed with Matsuba - some of the best Japanese we have had in London. We will definitely be back, probably to try out the lunch menu next time, and some more of that salmon.

Address: 10 Red Lion Street, Richmond TW9 1RW
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Nearest tube/train: Richmond station is about 5 minutes walk
Phone: 020 8605 3513
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 4
Theme: Japanese/Sushi

Review Helpfulness: 5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 12, 2007
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