Gastronomic Destinations: Gifu Prefecture
Matsuki Sushi In Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture!
Service: Shy but smiling and attentive.
Equipment & facilities: Traditional but very clean. Excellent and modernized washroom
Prices: Reasonable considering that Gifu Prefecture has no direct access to the sea.
Strong points: Sushi of course, but also all kinds of traditional side Japanese dishes. Good selection of sake including many local. All kinds of drinks available
Matsuki Sushi/松喜すしis a bit far from Takayama City JR station but still in the night entertainment part of the town and is certainly worth the search.
When they saw entering us entering they immediately asked us if we needed any help and advice on what foreigners would enjoy. They had not needed to worry with my staying 40 years in the country but I did appreciate the concern.
There is a good drink menu, bu apart of the sushi prices being advertised (in Japanese) on small wooden slats above the long counter there is o food menu. You need to talk about it with the staff who are very patient and smiling indeed!
They have some good local sake indeed and we chose one by Watanabe Brewery (Takayama City). The sake made in the north mountains of Gifu prefecture tend to be on the sweet side but without being cloying.
We asked the chef to bring us his own selection of sashimi first.
All the seafood came directly from the Japan Sea, that Toyama and Ishikawa Prefectures!
Aji/鯵/Horse mackerel, Maguro chu toro/鮪中トロ/semi fat part of tuna, and amaebi/甘海老/sweet shrimps!
Hirame/平目/Sole or flat fish, and ankimo/アンキモ/sake seamed frogsih liver. Also called Japanese foie gras!
Grilled hotategai/帆立貝/scallops wrapped in dry seaweed!
We then agreed on a six-piece sushi set for each of us!
Once again all seafood from the Japan Sea and a special local morsel!
Baigai/バイ貝/Japanese ivory shell or Japanese babylon!
Lightly seared Hda Beef from Takayama City!
Shiroebi/白エビ/white shrimps in gunkan fashion!
Anago/穴子/Broiled conger eel!
Maguro Chutoro/鮪中トロ/semi-fat tuna!
Afer a long day spent walking all over the place we were still hungry and asked for a couple of side dishes: Chawanmushi/ 茶碗蒸し/steamed salty Japanese pudding!
Geso karaage/ゲソ唐揚げ/deep-fried squid tentacles!
We were kindly served a parting present upon asking for the bill: home-made azuki ice cream!
Definitely highly recommended, especially if you don’t have the time to vist the prefectures nort of Gifu Prefecture!
Owner: Kazuhiko Nakasai/中才一彦さん
506-0007 Gifu Prefeture, Takayama City, Sowa Cho, 1-40
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~23:00
Open all year round
Credit Cards OK