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a new Japanese inspired restaurant open recently in the newly
refurnished Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Ferringhi. Matsu (Japanese
for Pine) is located over Lone Pine's trendy new Batubar at the
front of the hotel.
Floor to ceiling glass walls on two sides, combined with decorative
wall panelling with pine wood finishing on another wall. The bar
and show kitchen are visible over the counter top. Al fresco dinning
can be enjoyed on the balcony over looking the gardens and pine
trees with audio of waves lapping the beach. With seating of three
intimate tables and one larger table for up to eight guests the
balcony area can accommodate up to 20 diners.
The inside uses pale wood décor and furniture over a dark
tiles floor giving a very pleasant cool ambiance.
The new menu has just been finalised and is quite extensive and
very Japanese in style. The variety extends from Raw Octopus marinated
with Wasabi sauce at RM8 to Grilled Wagu Beef on Hot stones for
RM110. Not being an expert on Japanese cuisine I cannot say whether
the offerings are authentic or not. But with 15 pages of the main
menu and the addition of a "today's specials" we had
no problem making our own selection.
Seafood, as you would expect, dominates the menus, but with lots
of variety both in the basic fruit of the sea and the methods
of preparation, there is surely something to please everyone.
There are meat dishes too of course, including Wagu beef, and
chicken for those who don't have sea legs!
I selected three items, Matsu Style Chicken Teriyaki and Shiromaguro
from the main menu and Jumbo Prawns deep-fried with breadcrumbs
from today's specials. Both were interesting, delicious and the
portions were generous. One small criticism, one of the three
large prawns was somewhat over cooked, but the others were perfect.
The total cost for three items was RM60.
Eugene ordered Kihata Maguro at RM38 from main menu. A very generous
portion of deep red tuna sashimi arrived and we both enjoyed it
a lot. His second dish was Grilled Blue Fin Tuna Steak with Wafu
Wasabi sauce from the today's special at RM78. Another winning
dish. All the dishes were beautifully presented and just like
Japanese women, elegant and understated. We had one portion of
wasabi fried rice and one of garlic fried rice. Both of these
were served in hot stone bowls which kept the rice piping hot
throughout the meal.
We finished by sharing Toasted Pine nut ice cream (RM16), which
was simply delicious, though the portion was on the small side.
The service was very warm, efficient and friendly and we will
definitely be frequent diners at Matsu, with the added bonus that
most offerings are healthier foods.
Matsu has a wide menu selection, all price ranges are provided
for, and based on our selection the quality of the food is high.
Matsu offers an easy introduction to the flavours and style of
Japanese cuisine for those of us new to it, and there should be
lots to please the connoisseur also.
Lone Pine Hotel, 97, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Tel: +604 881 1511
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