Japanese Cuisine in the Heart of Brunswick East

Brunswick is known for good coffee with brunch, fantastic Italian and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. However, sometimes you just feel like Japanese, so we stopped by local family Japanese restaurant Matsumoto and chatted with owner Alice to see what’s good.

Matsumoto opened in 2003, we’ve been here for 15 years now. Brunswick is booming, there is so much happening in the area, so many apartments going up, we hope to see plenty of new residence eating out in the area and visiting Matsumoto.

I oversee the entire business, I do the admin work, training pretty much everything! I own the business with my husband, it’s a husband-wife business he is a chef and I do everything else.

Matsumoto is a general family Japanese restaurant we serve sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, fried noodles, ramen, udon, curry and even table cooking sukiyaki and shabu shabu as well. When I was in Melbourne 30 years ago, I was working in a Japanese restaurant and studying I took my major units in Japanese and I got funds from my family to start a business. My entire family all have Japanese restaurants.

Our customers are very local people, this restaurant is a family friendly locals spot. We also offer takeaway, we’ve just joined UBER eats and then we will be on Menulog very soon. We are hoping there will be people who come home from work, maybe they just want to relax at home but they would like to enjoy some Japanese food while they are watching their favourite TV drama, they can easily order from us.

Our Sushi is our best dish, it’s very fresh every day, we have fresh seafood coming in every day. I eat Japanese food every day, I love cooking myself some noodles. Also, our Chicken Katsu is very popular, we recently had the Herald Sun stop by to watch our chef make the Don Katsu.

We have sake, beer, Japanese beers like Kirin Ichiban, Orion, Asahi and more plus Japanese soda. It is Japanese culture to have a beer or sake with your meal.

If you are craving some Japanese food and you live in the Brunswick area, Matsumoto is a great choice. While you can order delivery Alice and her team offer amazing hospitality so make the effort to stop by for a meal in this family-friendly restaurant.

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