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New Matsusaka | ニュー松坂 | Teppanyaki Restaurant Review & Fairy Hobmother Visit

ニュー松坂review| JustOneCookbook.com Dear readers,

It’s been awhile since we’ve written a restaurant review on Just One Cookbook so we’re very excited to share this review with you.  Before I jump into the restaurant review, I want to share my thoughts on the amount of effort the Japanese dedicate into refining their food.

Every time when I visit Nami’s family in Japan and stop by the department stores’ food plaza, I love going from stall to stall just admiring the various food inside the glass display.  Everything looks super delicious, from cheesecake to Japanese rice crackers and each one is placed perfectly in its own unique packaging inviting you to take it home.  If I had my way I would probably camp out at the food plaza for an entire week trying everything.  It’s evident even from these casual food stalls that the Japanese puts in tremendous effort to deliver what they consider the best product possible.

The spirit and commitment to food excellence is present everywhere and the number of Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo (266) and Osaka (243) area speak for themselves (there are more Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo than all of the US cities combined).  Even at local neighborhood restaurants, it’s impressive  how much effort they put into their food and service to make sure their customers have the best possible experience.

Japan’s passion for food aren’t just experienced when dining in restaurants, but also communicated through popular TV food shows like Iron Chef and Dotch Cooking Show.  Watching these shows, they are very entertaining yet impressive how much the effort the chef puts into refining simple dishes such as curry or tonkatsu to prepare the best possible dish.  If you have never seen an episode before, there are a few episodes on YouTube.  Sometimes the refinement does go a bit far, such as  $50-$100 dollar Yubari melon (cantaloupe).  Speaking of refinement, one Japanese ingredient that is world renowned for its quality is the super premium Japanese beef (Wagyu – translates to cow raised in Japan).

During our trip to Japan, we had the chance to dine at New Matsusaka, a traditional teppanyaki restaurant, literal translation “grill on iron plate” and enjoyed this super premium beef.

Most restaurants in Japan that serves branded premium beef (such as Kobe, Matsuzaka, or Yonezawa beef) would usually display the heritage and certificate of each cattle as you enter the store.  Information includes who the farmer is, where the farm is located, what is the grade of the beef, and when the calf was born as well as how long the calf was raised.  With other non-branded high end beef, usually each particular cattle is cataloged carefully and origination location detailed.

matsuzaka beef certificate

Many of you in the US are probably familiar with teppanyaki since Benihana introduced the cooking style in 1960′s.  For those of you who are not familiar with teppanyaki, it is the style of Japanese cooking that prepares and cooks the food on a hot flat metal surface.  The cooking surface is typically surrounded by guests seating around in a half circle allowing the chef to serve everyone from the center.  The chef uses a flat metal spatula and a few other metal utensils to prepare and cook the food on the hot metal surface.

Teppanyaki cooking surface

In front of each guest, there is a small metal plate that help keeps the food warm after the chef is done cooking.  The teppan (iron plate) offers a wok charred taste that is very delicious to the palate.  Grilling on teppan is different from a regular grill because all the juice stays on the cooking surface instead of escaping through the bottom.  In the US, there is an emphasis for the chef to entertain the guests with trick moves at teppanyaki restaurants but that actually does not happen in Japan.

The meal started with stir-fry napa cabbage, and then followed with Japanese kabocha (pumpkin), renkon (lotus root), yomogi-fu (glutencake), and konnyaku (konjac).  The grilled appetizers were also served along with a smoke salmon salad.  The napa cabbage tastes similar to a wok charred stir fry cabbage and the soft texture of yomogi-fu contrasted the crunchy renkon very well.

stir fry cabbage teppanyaki

grilled veggie teppanyaki

Then the main show started; we were in for a real treat.  On the menu that night are live abalone and lobster.  The lobster was cut in half, placed shell side down first then the meat side and steam cooked by sealing the vapor with a metal cover.  The lobster meat was then taken out and cut into pieces for a bit more cooking.  When done, it was served in its shell.

lobster grilled on teppanyaki

The abalone was placed open side down first which made them come off their shells rather quickly.  The chef then removed different parts of the abalone leaving only the center muscle intact.  To cook the abalone, he made diagonal crisscross incisions on both side and placed a piece of butter on top and covered with the shell.  Needless to say, both the lobsters and abalone were super delicious leaving your mouth watering and wanting more after each bite.  The lobsters shells and head were later used to make a savory miso soup so no parts were wasted.

abalone grilled teppanyaki

After the seafood courses, the restaurant made their specialty fried garlic for us.  They get their high quality garlics from Aomori Prefecture which are extra-large.  I had thought the fried garlic were made by simply throwing them into a deep fryer.  My assumptions were way off, it actually took the chef about 25 minutes to slowly cook garlic on low heat to achieve that perfect color and taste (in Japanese they say similar to color of a fox(Kitsune Iro)).

Fried garlic

It’s now time for the beef course.  We did not have the Matsuzaka beef that day but the special select “rōsu” (ロース/rib eye) and “hire” or “here” (ヒレ or ヘレ/tenderloin) were both extremely well marbled.  The rib eye is typically much fattier than the tenderloin.  Most steakhouse and tonkatsu restaurants in Japan offers two types of meat so guests can choose based on their preference.

The chef started by removing all the fat surrounding the beef and then browning all sides.  The removed fat was slowly cooked and melted to use as the cooking grease.  The rib eye was cut into 7 pieces and moved to the wooden board.  For the tenderloin, he used the garlic oil to brown all sides and divided into 9 pieces.  After the tenderloin were cut, the rib eye was further divided into 15 slices.

Each slice was cooked to perfection and the flavor was only slightly accented with the house special salt along with a bit of soy sauce.  You can taste the sweetness of beef with each slice.  The best way to enjoy beef at New Matsusaka is to place a few slices of fried garlic together with a slice of beef.  This combination tasted like a bit like fireworks going off in your mouth, the beef is so soft and tender that it melts in your mouth yet the crunchy garlic offers a completely different texture and complexity to the flavor.  Each person only had 3 slices of the rib eye but it was more than enough even for a meat lover like me.  The experience was not unlike eating 3 small sticks of butter.  The tenderloin was also excellent but not nearly as fatty as the rib eye so we had a few more slices each.

new matsusaka beef teppanyaki 1

new matsusaka beef teppanyaki 2

new matsusaka beef teppanyaki 3

We had a lot of great meals in Japan but this particular one is going down in the history book as one of the best meals we’ve had.  Each of the courses was cooked perfectly and it was a real treat.  We look forward to going back again when we visit Osaka.

wagyu beef with fried garlic

Full Disclosure:  New Matsusaka was founded by Nami’s grandfather and still run by her family today.

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We have a good news to share today.  If you are a food blogger you might already have heard of the Fairy Hobmother from Appliance Online.  He brings joy and happiness to the world’s bloggers by providing treats for hard work in the blogosphere.  And guess what, the Fairy Hobmother stumbled my blog and decided to give me $75 Amazon Gift Card (it was our 2nd time)!

The Fairy Hobmother told us that if you (bloggers) leave a comment on this post and he might read your comments and surprise you with treats, just like what he did for us!  So make sure to leave a comment because you never know what surprises are waiting for you.  :-)

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  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok May 10, 2012, 12:25 am

    Oh how I wish I could have travelled with you to Japan. I’m drooling just thinking about all that amazing food.

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  • Charles May 10, 2012, 12:29 am

    All hail the fairy hobmother – congratulations on his/her visit :)

    That beef… oh my God… I have no words to describe how good that looks. Mottled and swirled and incredibly delicious. I can just imagine the chefs rage if you asked for it to be “very well done please”. I love the look of that garlic too – I’m going to steal that idea I think, it sounds like it would delicious!

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  • amy @ uTryIt May 10, 2012, 12:38 am

    What a great review post! You’ve got my mouth watering from start to end! I can’t help but keep going back to stare at that rib eye steak picture. The marbling is gorgeous. What a treat. I will make sure to visit New Matsusaka when I travel to Japan. :)

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  • Belinda @zomppa May 10, 2012, 2:59 am

    You got me sold!! I’m SO there!

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  • Rosa May 10, 2012, 4:05 am

    I’m happy to hear that you also got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother!

    A lovely restaurant. The food looks amazing (especially the beef).

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Joanne May 10, 2012, 4:09 am

    Wow! Sounds like a great meal!

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  • Martyna@WholesomeCook May 10, 2012, 4:17 am

    Aha! Is this where Nami gets her culinary prowess from?! :-) The food habits of the Japanese sound very interesting indeed, and I like how the restaurants display information about the beef. That cut looks superb, I bet it was super juicy!

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  • Kitchen Belleicious May 10, 2012, 4:42 am

    I am just drooling over that shot of that delicious marbled beef. WOW! How i wish I had made that trip too! Your pictures always look amazing and now I am craving some Japanese food. Don’t you just love the fairyhobmother! I was pumped when she or he can to visit me last year! SO glad you got the visit to my friend because you definitely deserve it!

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  • Jane George May 10, 2012, 4:51 am

    I loved the pictures from this post, would love to sample each dish, the garlic really interested me. Hate to admit I have never sampled Japanese cuisine. It is now on my list. Thanks.

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 9:59 pm

      Thanks Jane!

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  • Eha May 10, 2012, 5:02 am

    Let me say first of all I feel so privileged to be reading this post. Travelling the world on the Net in search of all that is interesting in food and all the history and culture surrounding it, I have met many wonderful bloggers and, by now, read a great number of mostly very interesting restaurant reviews. This one tho’ is indescribably different and special. Thank you for the detailed and appetizing description [oh, I too remember so many great teppanyaki meals!], but, above all, the wonderful series of photos able to be enlarged. I have just revisited Japan and I have so greatly enjoyed it!

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:00 pm

      Thank you Eha. Glad to hear you liked my post. :-)

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  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts May 10, 2012, 5:13 am

    WOW! A family run restaurant! No wonder you cook so well!! The beef in the 1st photo looks spectacular and oh so fresh!!!! Anything that looks like that will definitely taste absolutely amazing! How I wish I had the chance to do just that!
    I’m hoping to visit Japan one day and when I do I will definitely ask for more recommandations!

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 10, 2012, 5:23 am

    Gorgeous pictures. I seriously could eat everything here.

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover May 10, 2012, 5:36 am

    After read your review, I feel like want to immediately go there and taste the perfect teppanyaki. A very clear and nice review.

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  • Vicki Bensinger May 10, 2012, 6:04 am

    Well this explains where Nami gets her culinary talents. How nice to have a restaurant like this in the family. My family loves going to the restaurants like this in the states, very entertaining and delicious!

    I’m curious were the abalone and lobster both alive when they placed them on the teppan? I’ve never seen that here in the states.

    Congrats on the Fairy Hobmother paying you a visit. I hope someday she visits me too.

    Nice post!

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    • Nami May 10, 2012, 8:06 am

      My grandpa and now my uncle runs the restaurant business but they are not chef. However, I get to eat at the restaurant when I visit my grandparents in Osaka since I was young. :-) I always enjoy seeing how chefs cook.

      And yes, the lobster and abalones were alive.

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  • Sam Bear May 10, 2012, 6:24 am

    WOW! the descriptions were so good that I was drooling! It’s amazing how detailed you can remember it haha – I would’ve just been like “It was the best dinner I’ve ever had! Can’t remember much of the details but trust me it was good”
    I would love to go there if I ever get the chance to go to Japan!

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  • Ellen M. May 10, 2012, 6:53 am

    I have truly enjoyed reading about your trip and all of the pictures you have shared from it. Your blog is a gem!

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:00 pm

      Thank you very much Ellen!

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  • Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) May 10, 2012, 6:59 am

    What a great restaurant review – I felt like I was enjoying this wonderful meal with you! I love Benihana but this place blows the socks off them. What a great experience you had and you summerized it so well with your writing and photos! :-)

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  • Jeannie May 10, 2012, 7:14 am

    Great post with beautiful photography narrations, am drooling over those lobsters and oh so tender looking beef chunks! Yummy!

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking May 10, 2012, 7:34 am

    This is by far your best work Shen! I am impressed by the description of each prepared meal and you have real talent in reviewing not only restaurants, but criticizing food as well. Also I wanted to mention what was very interesting to me that most stores have heritage and certification for the meat. I wish we have here the same routine placing where meat is coming from. Love the fried garlic cooking Technic…photos are stunning and this post is very informative! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 10, 2012, 7:47 am

    I love teppanyaki – this whole meal looks absolutely delicious! I think a trip to Japan is in order for a tasting :).

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  • Ira Rodrigues May 10, 2012, 8:02 am

    Oh goodness all photos are making me want to jump there lol. I really enjoy reading your post here and I could not describe how much I love teppanyaki!

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  • Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 10, 2012, 8:20 am

    Oh my goodness. That meal looks absolutely GORGEOUS. I love the idea of knowing the exact history of the cattle you’re consuming–it ensures that you are eating ethically! That beef looks fantastic, I’ve never seen such a perfect marbling.

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  • Kim Chiu May 10, 2012, 8:25 am

    I’m salivating as I’m reading this…

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:01 pm

      Thanks Kim!!

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  • wok with ray May 10, 2012, 8:29 am

    I love the look of those marbled beef and I’m sure you can cut it with a fork because it is as tender as butter. Your trip to Japan and experience with these wonderful restaurants is really an envy especially these teppanyaki joints. I’m sure they are a lot better than most of what we have here in the U.S.

    Congratulations on the fairy hobmother’s visit. They visited me before and I must say, I am very happy with them working with me helping our little friends. I am very proud of them. :)

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  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) May 10, 2012, 8:49 am

    Nice to see another great review from Shen! This post has me wanting to visit Japan even more. The wagyu is utterly beautiful but I have to say that all that fried garlic is making my mouth water, too.

    Great post! :)

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  • PolaM May 10, 2012, 8:54 am

    Immediately sharing this with my sister who is going to Japan in 3 weeks!

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  • Cassie May 10, 2012, 8:58 am

    That lobster (ok, everything!) has me drooling. Great review, Nami!!

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  • Soni May 10, 2012, 9:10 am

    Oh absolutely droolworthy pics!I just loved the way you’ve detailed experience!Sounds absolutely delicious indeed :)Now we know Nami why you are such a good cook,its in your genes!!!

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  • Sissi May 10, 2012, 9:12 am

    I am speechless! Everything looks so perfect I want to jump on a plane and go to this restaurant. I had no idea Nami’s family owned a restaurant! So excellent cooking is in family genes ;-)
    I am not a big fan of rare beef (on the other hand I’m crazy for steak tartare!), but I have been dreaming of tasting the Japanese beef for years. It looks so different and mouth-melting (what I dislike about rare beef is the consistency, but this grilled beef makes me think somehow of foie gras rather than the European beef…). Thank you for the excellent review! I will remember it when I visit Osaka.

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    • Nami May 10, 2012, 10:14 am

      Thanks Sissi & Soni! But my grandpa and uncle “run” business…so I’m not sure if my cooking skills come from gene haha, but I am very picky about the beef quality… ;-)

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  • Denise May 10, 2012, 9:17 am

    More incentive to visit Japan! This looks so good and your husband wrote a fine review. I love that your granfather started this restaurant!

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  • DB May 10, 2012, 10:06 am

    As usual, love everything you put here…and a little envious at how you’ve built such a following in a relatively short amount of time.

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  • Candice May 10, 2012, 10:26 am

    That’s cool that your grandfather started this restaurant, Nami. I don’t eat beef, but your husband wrote a great review. I was drooling over the gorgeous photos!

    Congratulations on the Fairy Hobmother’s visit.

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:02 pm

      Thank you Candice!

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  • Ramona May 10, 2012, 10:31 am

    Wow… a Japanese steakhouse in Japan! You can’t get better than that! I looks delicious! :) Congratulations on the Fairy Hobmother’s visit. :) I would love for him to visit me. ;)

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  • sara May 10, 2012, 10:33 am

    Wow, that beef looks incredible! Great photos!

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  • torviewtoronto May 10, 2012, 10:43 am

    lovely post and pictures

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  • donna mikasa May 10, 2012, 10:48 am

    Oh, my word! What a gorgeous feast! From the appetizers to the beef–it must have been an incredible dining experience! I agree with you that the Japanese are so meticulous when it comes to technique and presentation. Even their McDonald’s is impressive! I’m still drooling…..LOL!

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:03 pm

      Thank you Donna! Yes, even McDonald seems to have better quality…

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce May 10, 2012, 11:38 am

    What a restaurant…!!! And your grandfather was the originator of this wonderful place…??? you may be so proud…!!!

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  • Cucina49 May 10, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous–it looks like you had a great time! I’ve never eaten abalone and am totally curious about its taste and texture.

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  • A_Boleyn May 10, 2012, 12:11 pm

    An amazing menu.

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  • Choc Chip Uru May 10, 2012, 12:50 pm

    Another experience in japan which you must seemed to have fully enjoyed :D
    A fantastic review making my mouth water ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie May 10, 2012, 1:03 pm

    I think everything about Japan is so refined and high quality. I love the passion that is just such a part of your culture. One day when I visit I may never want to leave. The restaurant looks scrumptious! Great photos Nami :)

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  • Catalina @ Cake with Love May 10, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I love japanese food, and this place looks like a winner to me!

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  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers May 10, 2012, 1:55 pm

    This is probably one of the best restaurant reviews I’ve ever heard. And the pictures were just great! So cooking really runs in the family Nami! When I get to visit Japan, I’ll keep your family’s restaurant in mind. Love the post!

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  • Holly May 10, 2012, 2:46 pm

    My husband’s brother lives in Osaka, so we must try your family’s restaurant the next time we visit him. Everything looks delicious!

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:03 pm

      Hope you will like this restaurant Holly!

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  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles May 10, 2012, 3:05 pm

    The garlic is exquisite! The meat looks tender and cooked to perfection. We recently enjoyed a steak and seafood style Japanese Habachi meal at a beautiful restaurant….our whole family just love it! – a full flavoured, healthy meal.

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  • Suzanne May 10, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Looks like a great place to go visit. The beef looks like no other I’ve seen, my husband would be simply drooling over that rib eye.

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  • Rhonda (@diningalone) May 10, 2012, 4:10 pm

    That all looks so amazing. I would be happy with just some of that fried garlic! I love getting food from the authentic Asian markets we have in Arizona.

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 10, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Lovely review! I totally agree with you that Japanese people definitely spend a lot of time and effort in preparing all foods. I love eating at the food courts when I go to Japan :) The food is SO good lol it makes me quite angry when I have to pay a lot more for ‘bad tasting’ food lol

    This teppanyaki looks amazing! I’ve had quite a few Teppanyaki’s in Taiwan and HK but never a real proper one in Japan it looks SOOOOOO delicious! That Wagyu is to DIE for!!!

    I NEED TO GO BACK TO JAPAN SOON :)

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  • Helena May 10, 2012, 5:32 pm

    I am probably like your husband just to camp out at the department stores’ food plaza and try out everything that they’re selling!!! he, he. Your husband review was so thoroughly with all those photos and details. As they say that Japanese people “Eat with their Eyes” since presentation is a must.
    This review makes me want to go to your uncle restaurant and have a feast.

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Thank you Helena! I hope you will get a chance to visit this restaurant. :-)

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  • Yi @ Yi Resevation May 10, 2012, 7:28 pm

    that marbling is just insane. I’ve never seen any beef like that in NYC not even at a premium Japanese butcher shop. Thanks for sharing your wonderful dining experience!

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  • anh May 10, 2012, 8:00 pm

    oh yum! I wish I could go there. NOW!

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  • ちびか〜ちゃん May 10, 2012, 8:02 pm

    凄い霜降り!!!

    私は脂身がちょっとというか、大部苦手なのだけど
    こんな霜降りって、やっぱり脂っぽい味がするのだろうか?
    それとも全然違う風味なんだろうか??

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  • Patty May 10, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Hi Nami! I’m ready to book my trip to Japan and a seat in your family’s restaurant right now! I really enjoyed the review and all the mouth watering photos! Such a fun way to be both entertained and very well fed at the same time;-)

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  • Susan May 10, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Oh wow, pleasantly surprised to read that Nami’s family owns the business. I hope I can go there one day.

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  • love2dine May 10, 2012, 11:34 pm

    I really appreciate your recipes, even though they are sometimes too advanced for my pantry. Oh my i love the lobster.. wow! a great time… to enjoy. i love the garlic especially with rice.

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  • Zee May 11, 2012, 1:41 am

    The meat looks perfect! I’ve never had a Japanese style steak before. Reading your blog, my list keeps growing longer and longer with things to di when I visit Japan. And congratulations on having a visit from fairy hob mother :)

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  • chinmayie @ love food eat May 11, 2012, 2:42 am

    I have always been amazed by how beautiful japanese food looks. Right here I have told Nami several times that her food is like art. Once again, Everythign on this post looks delightful :)
    Great to know that you got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother!

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  • Hotly Spiced May 11, 2012, 3:41 am

    I love these restaurants. They are always a great night out. You not only get great food but wonderful entertainment xx

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  • Debra Kapellakis May 11, 2012, 6:47 am

    I do not have a blog. I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your blog very much (as usual). I am glad you got an award.

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  • Jenny May 11, 2012, 7:08 am

    Most enjoyable post. That beef was so eye-catching. I have never seen meat like it. You can just imagine its tenderness. Loved the vegetables too. Thank you!

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 11, 2012, 7:12 am

    I need the Fairy Hobmother to visit – I need a blender, and can’t convince my hubby it is a good investment :)

    What a great restaurant review! We actually tried abalone in New Zealand last year, although prepared completely different, I think it might be an acquired taste.

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 11, 2012, 7:52 am

    What a great review and a mouthwatering array of flavors and meats. Thanks for sharing, Nami!

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  • Jill Colonna May 11, 2012, 8:32 am

    What a wonderful, detailed review. You’ve made me want to visit Osaka – even if it’s just for the restaurant!
    Fairy hobmother 2nd time around? Wow. Good going. Although I still don’t believe she exists. So there.

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  • Delishhh May 11, 2012, 9:54 am

    YUM – looks awesome! I haven’t been to a teppanyaki place in years!

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  • Laura @ Family Spice May 11, 2012, 10:50 am

    I am drooling over that beef! I have never seen anything quite like it! I’ve had breakfast and you are making me so hungry!

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 11, 2012, 10:54 am

    I too was so impressed at how the Japanese prepare their food and how much respect they have for nature. It’s no wonder they have so many Michelin stars and so many wonderful chefs!

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  • Eri May 11, 2012, 12:18 pm

    What an amazing review, I was so impressed that in Japan there are so many awarded restaurants! The pictures are perfect!
    I remember the last time that the Fairy Hobmother was in your blog again..
    Good Luck to all the bloggers!
    Hugs Nami, have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Valerie Brunmeier May 11, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Oh this looks unbelievable! I’m so impressed with the high level of quality and attention to detail the Japanese give to their food. What a wonderful experience for your family to have been able to dine at such a fantastic restaurant!

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  • Annie May 11, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Double Goodness…awesome review and a chance for a Fairy Hobmother visit!!
    Living vicariously through you until my daughter and I make our trip to Japan next year!

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  • Gina May 11, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Amazing is an understatement, I’m green with envy. So glad you are coming out for the fruit. I will let you know for sure when it’s good. I sent out an e-mail about possibly making jam together we are throwing around July 7? As soon as I get a minute tonight I’ll add you to it. Happy Mother’s Day.
    -Gina-

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  • Heather @ Cookbooks & Pattycakes May 11, 2012, 4:19 pm

    oh drool drool drool!
    Everything looks so fresh and absolutely mouthwatering – I am definitely adding this to my must do list for our next Japan visit, we love Osaka! Oh and those basement food courts…yum!

    I have never thought to cook garlic that way, amazing!

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  • Carolyn Jung May 11, 2012, 6:26 pm

    You had me at the abalone. :)
    That’s so cool that it’s your family’s restaurant. I can see why it’s lasted so long. The food looks incredible.

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  • FiSh May 11, 2012, 6:43 pm

    im impressed with this :) the beef is so carefully done! must be delicious!

    Latest: Crown of Pork Experience

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  • Nic@diningwithastud May 11, 2012, 6:47 pm

    That beef looks like nothing I have ever tasted. Purely amazing!

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  • Gina C May 11, 2012, 7:35 pm

    The food looks amazing! Will sure eat there if we ever find ourselves in Osaka!

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Thank you Gina!

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  • Lucy @ Lucyeats May 12, 2012, 3:17 am

    That looks absolutely delicious! I love teppanyaki -dinner AND a show!

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  • Doris May 12, 2012, 5:46 am

    This sounds so delicious. When my daughter lived in Japan, the relatives sent her a box of meat from their farm. She was going to a party so took some with her…turned out it was beer-raised beef. Party goers were very happy. I doubt that she shared her care packages after she found out what they wee!

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    • Shen May 15, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Hi Doris! Haha, I’m sure everyone enjoyed the beef! :-)

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  • Roxana Greengirl {A little bit of everything} May 12, 2012, 8:56 am

    I’m happy to hear that you also got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother! Aren’t they the nicest?
    I love your restaurant review, i felt like the chef was cooking right in front of me!

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  • The Café Sucré Farine May 12, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Nami, I wish this restaurant was in my neighborhood, it sounds wonderful! How fun to have your surprise visitor too! Who wouldn’t love that?!

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  • Liz May 12, 2012, 12:45 pm

    What a fabulous restaurant, Nami! And extra fun that it’s run by your family (I can see that being a foodie runs in your genes)! Every detail looks perfect :)

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  • yummychunklet May 12, 2012, 3:43 pm

    That marbling…drool…

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  • Kristy May 12, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Congrats on the hobmother visit!

    Okay, so I don’t even know where to start. I would have LOVED this meal. The lobster and beef look incredible and that fried garlic has me so intrigued. I love garlic and have never seen it done that way. It looks fantastic!

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  • Jill | Dulce Dough May 12, 2012, 7:04 pm

    What a great review Nami! I loved all your pictures and the details you captured–looks like a fabulous place to dine!

    Congrats on the Fairy Hobmother visit! I was lucky enough to have her visit me once!

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  • Priscilla @ShesCookin May 12, 2012, 10:57 pm

    I don’t know if I’ll make it to Osaka during my visit, but I’m certainly not going to forget that beautifully marbled Wagyu beef or steaming lobster at Matsusaka! I’m going to try that garlic technique – thanks for sharing, Nami. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  • Raymund May 13, 2012, 1:58 am

    Wow abalone, lobster and that wonderfully marbled beef. This is a food haven, honestly I am drooling over this post.

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice May 13, 2012, 2:58 am

    Such great insight on Japanese cuisine, Nami! I honestly enjoyed every bit of it. When I first read the introduction, many snippets of Iron Chef came to my mind. And how true it is. Everything from knives skill, ingredients, cooking technique to presentation, the passion and dedication of the Japanese chefs (professional or home chefs included) really shine through. Almost immaculate! I am particular fond of seafood and that lobster teppanyaki just seems so heavenly. Surprise and no surprise that the restaurant is founded by your grandparents:) Aha! Secret revealed. Passion does run in the family, doesn’t it? Thanks for such delightful post.

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  • Parsley Sage May 13, 2012, 7:29 am

    Well, looks like outstanding culinary talent runs in the family :) Fantastic review, everything looks amazing!

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  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake May 13, 2012, 7:39 am

    That is the most indulgent meal I’ve seen in a long time!! I never managed to taste beef quite so good as yours…it’s so marbled! I loved the bit where it said your grandfather opened the store, you lucky girl :D

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  • Purabi Naha May 13, 2012, 8:00 am

    What a wonderful Japanese way: Teppanyaki!! We just went to Food Republic today here in Hong Kong and saw a Teppanyaki stall there. Great pictures!
    (Nami, yes dear, got very busy with these naughty kids of mine…sorry for not commenting frequently, although I try my best. Happy Mother’s day!)

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  • elisabeth@foodandthrift May 13, 2012, 8:38 am

    Such an amazing restaurant review, Nami! The photos of all those delicious foods are superb! We have a favorite “family owned” restaurant like your family’s here, locally in West Palm Beach, where they prepare all these amazing foods in front of you…next time I will have to take some photos and do a restaurant review, as well!

    So nice of you to take the time and share all the beautiful trip experiences from Japan! I would love to visit one day, soon!
    Congratulations on the visit, and the generous gift from the Fairy Hobmother! She also visited me a couple months ago, and was so gracious and generous. She really exists!
    Happy Mother’s Day…and a beautiful day to spend with your beautiful family!
    Hugs,

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  • Claudia May 13, 2012, 9:43 am

    I love the true art of Japanese cooking – both delicious and beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day, Nami! Have a grand day.

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  • Michiko Yokoe May 13, 2012, 11:48 am

    OMG!!! My mouth is watering! Oishiisoo!!!

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  • Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 13, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I’ve never tasted Wagyu beef yet (just because they are so bloody expensive!), but I made my husband promise me that ONE DAY (I just don’t know when), I have to try it before I DIE!!! I’ve read so much about the stringent controls they implement there in Japan with regards to raising Wagyu cattle. I find that so fascinating! And Nami, your grandfather’s restaurant looks gorgeous! Maybe we’ll come visit and eat when we go to Japan in the future! Happy Mother’s Day!

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  • Asmita May 13, 2012, 7:02 pm

    What a fantastic restaurant. The lobsters look amazing! No wonder you are such a fantastic cook, it runs in your family. Awesome!

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  • kitchenriffs May 14, 2012, 9:00 am

    Really nice review. I know so little about Japanese cuisine, but the more I learn, the more I believe it might be the most refined in the world. Those French guys? They only think their technique and flavorings are king! Great pictures, great info – thanks so much.

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  • Trix May 14, 2012, 10:44 am

    Omg, that beef. That beef … I have literally been staring at the photo of it for 5 minutes. YUM

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  • Sawsan (Chef in disguise) May 14, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Another wonderful and thorough review :)
    I love the detailed approach and describtion, it is almost as if I was their.
    Congratulations on the fairy hobmother visit

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  • Katherine Martinelli May 15, 2012, 12:18 am

    I am drooling. This restaurant looks beyond amazing!! I love that they have certificates for each of the cows, and Nami it’s awesome that your family owns it! Wow.

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  • Beth Michelle May 15, 2012, 5:56 am

    Another great review! All that food looks amazing. I am in love with those garlic chips! And, that beef!!! Wow! It looks incredible. I am drooling over all the yummy photos!

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  • Alyssa May 15, 2012, 6:53 am

    Wonderful pictures (especially considering I’m sure this was a dark restaurant!!!!) One of my favorite memories right before we moved from Florida is having a “girls day out” with my daughter and taking her to a Teppanyaki Grill. We had such a great time! I bet an authentic one is even better. Great review!

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  • Shirley May 15, 2012, 8:15 pm

    Great review, Shen! I’ve never had beef that looked like that… beautiful marbling. Nice to see how authentic teppanyaki is really done, as opposed to the US version.

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  • Yuri May 16, 2012, 3:01 am

    I didn’t know that Nami’s family runs this wonderful restaurant! I should make the most of my being in Japan to visit the restaurant someday!

    Photos and detailed description tell everything! I could even smell the garlic grilled on the teppan!! Yummy treat.

    And I agree with your comment on the food plaza in department stores in Japan. I live in Japan now but every time I stop by the food plaza, it takes endless time to pick up one thing as the selection is enormously amazing! I would camp in with you:-)

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  • A Little Yumminess May 16, 2012, 11:37 am

    I love teppanyaki and you have me craving it now. All we have here is Benihana, as you mention and that is no comparison!!! I want to go back to Japan

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  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan May 16, 2012, 8:09 pm

    Dear Nami,

    I have to say teppanyaki beef is truly one of my all-time favourite Japanese dish and cooking it with such high quality beef is truly amazing! I even have a bottle of the golden garlic chips tightly capped in my fridge for that spur of the moment when I feel like having beef teppanyaki at home. I would normally sear the beef fat separately and make Japanese fried rice with it too.

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  • val May 17, 2012, 1:57 am

    i’ve bookmarked this resto to visit when in Osaka!

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  • Magic of Spice May 19, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Hi Shen, what a fantastic review! And what an amazing looking place, will have to go to the top of my “must visit list” :)

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  • Lyndsey @ The Tiny Skillet May 20, 2012, 10:40 am

    Nami what a wonderful treat you received, not just the second visit from the Fairy Hobmother, the Matsusaka Teppanyaki restaurant looks amazing. My mouth was watering everystep of the way! I can only dream!

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  • Baker Street May 20, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Aww.. I’m happy to hear that you got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother!!

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  • jack May 29, 2012, 8:04 pm

    Yum – this is a great review – I would love to visit Nami’s family restaurant when I go back to Osaka (one day soon I hope!). Great photos too!

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  • Eunice roxas January 9, 2013, 8:25 am

    Love you’re recommendation. We planning to visit Osaka, Kyoto and tokyo feb 16. Can I get the web site of the new matsusaka restaurant. I am planning to make a reservation. Any recommendation for noodle, tempura and sukiyaki. Thanks for the help.

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  • MnYfoodtalk June 30, 2013, 7:26 am

    Am I too late to give a comment? I might be going to Osaka soon, if I have time and chance, I wish to visit your grandpa’s restaurant. Any special recommendation or discount? Hehe…

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    • Nami June 30, 2013, 7:29 am

      Thanks for thinking about my grandpa’s restaurant (he passed away last year). Unfortunately, due to the management structure of the restaurant, I will not be able to give discount. I hope you get to visit the restaurant and try the food! :)

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      • MnYfoodtalk July 2, 2013, 3:40 am

        Sorry to hear that your grandpa was passed away. I will visit the restaurant if I have the chance.thanks for your recommendation.

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        • Nami July 2, 2013, 4:47 am

          Thank you for your kind words. :)

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  • Asami January 25, 2014, 10:24 am

    Hello Nami-san,

    I have a question. I will be visiting Osaka late March and I’m definitely interested in going to this restaurant and trying Matsusaka beef (my father says it’s the best!) . I want to go there for lunch (the Umeda one), do you recommend reserving a table? Can you even reserve a table for lunch?

    Thank you very much.

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    • Nami January 25, 2014, 10:53 pm

      Hi Asami-san! It’ll be better to make a reservation because lunch time can be very busy in Umeda (三番街) store with all the salarymen. I hope you enjoy the meal. :)

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  • Dedy@Dentist Chef April 5, 2014, 10:36 pm

    Oh Gosh, you’ve eating like an emperor there….
    abalone, lobster and matsusaka beef in one dinner, i’m totally jealous!!!
    ps: i won’t let the chef trimmed off the fat from the matsusaka beef, i wan’t it all actually

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