Date of review: July 20, 2016 | Reviewed by: Charlene Co
Although it’s actually part of the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, Matsubishi is tucked next to an art gallery and the busy Convention Centre. There is a big chance that you will miss Matsubishi, if you weren’t actually looking for it. But if you do make an effort to find it, then you’re in for a treat.
Dark wood and dim lights welcome you as you enter and settle in your seat. It’s quite spacious with tables next to the windows should you wish to have a quiet dinner and enjoy the Kowloon skyline and Victoria Harbour—views that never seem to get old. However, if you want the teppanyaki experience, then book a seat by the grill. We went there on a mid-week and it started off slow with only three couples, but as the night went on, a steady stream of diners came in, all requesting to be seated to see the chef in action. Unlike other teppanyaki restaurants where the chefs are loud and entertaining, Matsubishi’s chefs operate without any bluster, allowing you to listen to the sizzle of the grill and enjoy the taste of their cooking.
As with any Japanese restaurant, your eyes are drawn to the requisite list of sushi and sashimi. We were cautioned by the staff that a platter has around 10 pieces – which she felt (correctly) to be too much for our party of two and might spoil our appetite for teppanyaki. We opted for a small plate of maguro sashimi and was rewarded with some of the freshest and most succulent tuna we’ve tasted in the territory. If this was any indication, then you cannot go wrong with any choice in the raw seafood section.
The undoubted star of the meal was the teppanyaki. Although items such as cod fish, goose liver or lamb chops can be ordered ala carte, we kept it simple and went with their readily-selected menus. They offer two – the Special and the Matsubishi Course. Both offer similar items except for the beef, where the former uses meat from the US, while the latter features prime Japanese beef, which is heartily recommended.
We started off with the seafood. The scallop was expertly cooked with the chef browning the outside without drying the inside. The prawn was also grilled similarly and did not lose its plumpness. The sliced beef was perfect, although it was thinly-sliced to be a wrap filled with vegetables, you could still taste how juicy it was, making it a light alternative to the steak-cut beef. We finished it off with some fried rice, which was a bit too dry and could use a little less time off the grill.
The sake selection takes centre stage in the drinks list. Matsubishi carries various labels from Japan’s great sake-producing regions such as Ishikawa and Toyama. But if you’re in the mood for wine, then you won’t be disappointed with an even more extensive selection from Australia, France and California. A private collection boasting of Chateau Petrus and Chateu Le Pin is also available.
The staff was outstanding at every step. From the minute we walked in, up to settling our bill, the service was faultless. They made us feel welcome and treated us more than just a customer. They were very professional and helpful in providing recommendations, making sure our every need is fulfilled without being intrusive.
Our total bill came to a little over HK$1,500 for two teppanyaki courses and a plate of sashimi. It might not look much but this is a most satisfying dinner, that leaves you all filled up and content. For a teppanyaki restaurant in a hotel, at a prime location and consistently rated as one of Hong Kong’s best, this is truly very good value.