If you are living in the Nusa Dua area and would like yummy food, check out Matsuri Japanese Restaurant. So far I’ve been disappointed with the Bali Collection establishments, like The Poan and Uno Italian Resto (only the quattro formaggi pizza was good) and nearby Musashi Japanese Resto (only the Gindara Teriyaki was yummy). Matsuri is a different story! It was excellent and authentic. It was recommended to us by aour Indonesian diplo friend and there were 3 other tables with Japanese tourists when we were there.Sorry for the poor quality photos that don’t do justice to the yummy food. They were taken with my old iPhone which doesn’t have flash.
We ordered appetizers aside from our massive main courses because, after the walk from Marriott Courtyard, we were ravenous . We had to ask for the Gyoza Rp 50,000 to be returned to the kitchen so they can make it well done because it looked like it wasn’t fried when it first arrived at the table. The staff gladly obliged and it arrived with one side nice and golden brown.
Just had to have my new favorite appetizer: Edamame Rp 40,000. I would love to learn how to make it. We tried but we ended up cooking the skin as well. Sake Maki (Salmon Roll) Rp 60,000 this was served with fresh wasabi. So simple but so yummy because of the freshness of the salmon.
While waiting for our mains to arrived we shared an ice cold large Beer Bintang Rp 60,000. But we didn’t have to wait long. The service was super fast! The Tendon Set (Tempura) Rp 110,000 was served with fresh prawns and yummy miso soup. *Tip: make sure to ask for the tempura sauce on the side so they don’t pour it on the donburi dish and get the tempura soggy
The Katsu Curry Rice Set Rp 120,000 is seriously massive and delicious. Good for me because I missed lunch. It came with salad and miso soup.
Our friend ordered the Mini Sukiyaki Set Rp 155,000 (not pictured) and he enjoyed his meal immensely. After the meal we were served complimentary fruits (papaya and watermelon) and Japanese tea, one right after the other like clockwork.
The photo on the right is Japanese spice called “shichimi” which according to my Twitter friend, Emiko, means 7 kinds of taste in Japanese. I can see seeds, spice leaves, black sesame seeds. I wonder where I can get this in Jakarta? This one is different from the usual “ichimi tōgarashi” (一味唐辛子) served in Japanese restos, which is simply ground red chili pepper, and means literally “one flavor chili pepper” (ichi meaning “one”).
Service Charge and Tax excluded in the above-mentioned prices. Add about 22% for the net price. Net total for the 3 of us (appetizers, a set meal and 2 beer) was almost Rp 800,000 or 80 USD. It was money well spent for excellent Japanese food using fresh, high quality ingredients. We even left a little extra on top of the 10% SC because, despite the staff not knowing how to speak English, their service was excellent and fast. We never had to follow-up and all our request seemed to magically appear at our table. There was always a wait staff paying attention. Food came out really fast – that was one quick chef!
When dining in Matsuri, basic Bahasa will help, but for tourists their useful photo menu, a bit of sign language and a few english words will suffice. So if you are in Nusa Dua, I highly recommend you try Matsuri out!
Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
- Bali Collection Shopping Center Block A-21 Nusa Dua Tourism Area 80363 Bali, Indonesia
- +62 361 772267
- Emiko also told me that Matsuri in Japanese means Japanese Festival