Matsu Restaurant Penang

Japanese restaurant in Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi

Matsu restaurant is one of Penang’s best kept secrets, offering a menu of delicious contemporary Japanese cuisine. Set in Lone Pine Hotel along Jalan Batu Ferringhi, it is an equally good choice for simple sushi, sashimi and soba noodles, or a complete kaiseki experience.

A meal here is perfect for a night out with friends in tow and you can expect to find a selection of faultlessly fresh sushi and sashimi that is thickly-sliced, fashionably presented, deftly westernised and designed to tempt your tastebuds. Adding to the pleasure of dining here is the fact that waiting staff could not be nicer – it really lends the place a friendly, welcoming feel.

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At first glance Matsu restaurant looks like a compact, converted greenhouse with full length windows encasing the restaurant and bathing the space with lots of warm, natural light. Dark grey and black tile floors, and cafeteria-style blond wood sharing tables and chairs lend a casual atmosphere to the place.

Whatever your thoughts on the décor, out of simplicity comes brilliance from Matsu restaurant’s kitchen. Contrasting beautifully with the minimalism of its interior design, the menu draws on flavours from all over the world. Much of the wow factor is down to the top notch ingredients used, with standout dishes such as beef enoki rolls (RM39), stuffed with juicy mushrooms and seasoned with flakes of crispy garlic, disappearing from the plate as soon as they appear on the table.

The Food

Besides that, the pepper tuna tataki (RM39) manages to strike the right balance between savoury, smooth and light. The meat has not been seasoned much; seared just slightly, it is served on a bed of citrus sauce and paired with cucumber slices and slivers of white radish – this allows its full, fresh flavour to shine through.

However, our favourite dish is the much-celebrated sumo-san maki, which tastes every bit as good as it looks. The dish comprises chubby pieces of crab and avocado wrapped in a fat sliver of sticky salmon and dressed with roe and toasted sesame seeds balanced on top – despite the pungent mix, it was not overpowering.

Word to the wise, be prepared for a hefty bill but the food is worth every ringgit. In the end you will leave convinced Matsu deserves its spot as one of Penang’s top restaurants.

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Lone Pine Hotel

Lone Pine Hotel is an icon on the Batu Ferringhi beachfront scene.Established in 1948, it is the oldest hotel along the strip and strikes a chord with most visitors to Penang because it is truly unlike any other.Beach lovers will appreciate the fact that the white half-moon sweep of the complex (divided into several blocks) leads directly down to the soft, white sand strand.Meanwhile, couples (honeymooners especially) will love its secluded, romantic vibe.Families will appreciate the hotels L-shaped saltwater swimming pool and the variety of water sports activities available on the beachfront; alternatively, business travellers will be glad for the hotels quiet atmosphere, making it easy to concentrate on work even if you are sitting in one of the attractive cabanas by the beach. Read More...

Matsu Restaurant Penang

  • Opening Hours: 18:30 – 23:00
  • Address: Lone Pine Hotel 97, Jalan Batu Ferringhi 11100
  • Tel: +604 886 8686
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