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With their suave setting, prime Tsim Sha Tsui location, first-rate service, impressive selection of drinks and phenomenal food, it should be no surprise that Matsu Japanese Restaurant on Austin Avenue has quickly become a regular fixture in conversations about Hong Kong’s coolest casual Japanese eateries. Matsu is cosy and does fill up quickly, so to avoid missing out on a spot advance reservations are strongly advised at all times.
Just off Chatham Road South on Austin Avenue is where you will find one of the most authentic tastes of Japan in Tsim Sha Tsui. A few minute’s walk from the Hong Kong Science Museum, Matsu Japanese Restaurant is something like a museum of the unique tastes and traditions of Japan, though whether it is a treasure trove of ancient traditions or museum curating contemporary creations is hard to determine, because they excel at both. A great example of this is Matsu’s superb sake selection, which ranges from old Japanese favourites to rare bottlings that are extremely hard to come by elsewhere around Hong Kong.
Still, we couldn’t talk about a temple to Japanese tastes like Austin Avenue’s Matsu without dedicating some time to exquisite food. Of course super fresh seafood features prominently here in Tsim Sha Tsui (the Japanese oysters are an all-time favourite, either to accompany a drink at the bar or kick off an elegant meal), but Matsu Japanese Restaurant caters for all types and taste buds, like with their hearty vegetarian dishes or decadent desserts sweet-tooths are bound to have a fit over.