Matsuri

Matsuri

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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2020

RATINGS
Food
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.7 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
features
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles174 reviews
Excellent
85
Very good
62
Average
13
Poor
4
Terrible
10
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Alan M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 couples
This is probably the best Japanese food in Cairns. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. But the food is the star here. The Bento boxes are fantastic and they know I always have the number 13. If I decide on something different they ask why. Brilliant food always
Written 3 September 2023
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GlobeTrotters4001
Brisbane809 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 family
Our usual Japanese restaurant was shut for maintenance so we tried Matsuri. If perhaps you are after sushi or sashimi, then the skills and flavours may be more apparent. But we were overall a little disappointed in the dishes we ordered. The katsu curry left a greasy film on the lips - the crumbing was not well drained and a bit oily and not the usual thin crunchy panko crumbing we really enjoy; the curry sauce as well was oily, making the overall eating experience not the best. The ramen was very ordinary - the noodles and the soup were nothing special and the soup not full-flavoured from a long slow simmering of a good stock base. The teriyaki chicken was however tasty but I felt a little on the expensive side for just chicken, rice and a couple of pieces of butter lettuce. Overall we found all the prices were at the higher end of what we would expect for Don, Ramen or Curry dishes and for the prices paid expected higher quality.
Written 1 July 2023
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진욱 김
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 friends
Worst experience ever in Cairns the men at the reception was super rude he stated that it was stupid to ask whether their food was nice he said it multiple times very loudly when we were simply looking for a recommendation. The food is mediocre at most we think the instant ramen would taste better than their ramen and overall terrible service would not recommend at all
Written 7 January 2023
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Lisa G
Cairns6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 couples
Matsu and his team are so attentive and informative. The food is authentic Japanese - fresh and flavoursome. Matsu’s skill with the knife and respect for the fish he is serving is something to behold. We cannot recommend this place enough - go for a visit and experience it for yourself. This visit we had an assortment of sashimi and Chicken Katsu Curry. Gochisou sama 🙏
Written 11 November 2022
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Les F
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 friends
Always good. Always friendly. No need to book but it's advisable because they can be very busy; it is very popular.
Written 9 July 2022
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Murray
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
Stumbled upon this place while walking around Cairns. I had Chicken Katsu Curry and it was 10/10: great flavor and large-sized portion.
Written 6 November 2021
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Neil Shuai
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Before I tell you about my experience, let me tell you a story. 3 or 4 years ago, I roamed the streets of Cairns and struggled to feed myself. I would sit around the Cairns Night marketplace and beg relentlessly at the passersby for a drop of coin or a small chunk of their warm meal. I was desperate, hunger was the only feeling I felt, and ignorance was the only response I received. However, one night, everything would change upon my visit to this place. Upon seeing my sorry and pathetic state, the owners showed nothing but kindness and willingly accepted me as a customer, even going as far to offer me food for free, which I humbly received. That experience alone taught me to value myself more as an individual, and from that point on I found a job and worked hard for myself. I made my return to this restaurant yesterday, and while the layout and interior of the place have seen huge improvements, what hasn't changed are the owners virtuous nature and their humble attitudes. I was happy that they recognized me immediately, and I believe this place will always have a special place in my heart.
Written 14 May 2021
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Alan M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
We are regulars here and think it's the best traditional Japanese in Cairns. We can't recommend it enough. Octopus balls are the best in town and we can't go past the number 13 meal for size, quality and variety. Perfect with hot sake. The staff and owner are also a pleasure to see every time.
Written 9 May 2021
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Liam T
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
If you want a real Japanese sushi bar experience, this is as close as it gets without leaving the country. The owner is super friendly and very humble, he always puts a smile on my face. The sushi is out of this world, so fresh I can’t put it into words, you simply have to try it. Salmon rolls with some hot sake and you can’t go wrong! The curry here is also very good. Very relaxed and quiet atmosphere, it almost therapeutic in a way to come in here for a meal and a drink. One of the best places cairns has to offer!
Written 27 March 2021
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Michael C
Brisbane163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
Fabulous Japanese. We had a table of 8. They were flexible with the arrangements as it is a small restaurant. Service was quick and friendly. The food was absolutely fantastic. Really great experience!
Written 4 January 2021
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Warick G
Hervey Bay188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 family
Last night in Cairns, looking for a nice meal , we were not disappointed, the service was very good, the food was excellent, they were out of a few things on the menu which was a little annoying , but what we got was A Class ! Definitely recommend a visit here, and it almost right next door to the night markets ..
Written 3 September 2020
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Sean D
Melbourne2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
For clarification I lived in Japan and have been back every year since 2010 for our main holiday so I know good Japanese food when I eat it. Came here in 2018 for the first time and loved it! Came back 3 times on this holiday and was not disappointed! The Nigiri Sushi was great but we can’t go past the Katsu(pork schnitzel)! One of the best in Australia and I’d be hard pressed to find one comparable in Melbourne at the same price. Add in the teishoku (miso soup + rice) for $3 and you’ve got an amazing meal. Some complain about the steak or chicken coming with chips but what do you expect in a tourist town? Highly recommended as there was only one other place(Petit Japan) my wife and I would go for Japanese in Cairns!
Written 5 January 2020
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Michael
Melbourne102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 none
Excellent Japanese restaurant, with lovely staff and delicious food. The chicken katsu curry was delicious and probably the best I've had in Australia. I will most certainly visit when I'm next in Cairns.
Written 22 October 2019
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Queenie
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 family
We supposed it was a good quality Japanese restaurant. However, until my husband took the hair from his mouth with a bite of the seafood tempura it was disgusting. Especially when we showed this to the boss/manager, he was angry and so rude to ask what we wanted! Ridiculous! Even a sorry he did not want to say! Bad manners, bad experience, disgusting!
Written 29 September 2019
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Miles K D
Cairns2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 family
We were on our way to the Night Markets, and spied the food. Whipped inside and ordered two chicken katsu don. Absolutely delicious, we will be back for more.
Written 23 September 2019
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