Matsumoto is the kind of secret you’ll never want to share. The atmosphere is soft, warmer than other sushi restaurants. The service is attentive and discreet at the same time, and the waitresses will sometimes dare suggest another choice: always trust their opinion. Each of the porcelain chopstick holders is different and carefully chosen, as are the sake glasses. Have a seat at the sushi bar to order the omakase (if your bank account allows it) or simply to admire the chef’s talent and dexterity: after taking your order, Naruki Matsumoto grabs his knife to slice the fish finely and then scoops the perfect quantity of rice in his right hand, slightly closes his palm to form the patty, and finally combines them with a minimum number of movements. This ten-finger ballet is renewed for each nigiri, and the locavore trend gives way to renowned destinations: Hokkaido uni, Tasmanian ocean trout, Spanish supreme toro, Shizuoka wasabi…

 

Where? 8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

When? Monday-Saturday 12-2:30PM and 6-10PM, Saturday 6-10PM

What? matsumoto-restaurant.com

How? (323) 653-0470

 

 

Style: Japanese

Price: Nigiri $9-19, Roll $6-15

Neighborhood: West Hollywood

Best for: Dinner