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Grouchy Chef III [Mukilteo]

Join me for another nervously intimate dinner at Chef Matsumoto's. Some would call him eccentric, a perfectionist, while others would label him mental. I just think he's a very passionate restaurateur who demands perfection in everything he makes and serves.

Chef Matsumoto runs a one-man-show establishment. This means he cooks, buses, cashiers and waits for his customers so this has to be a very small group event (and no, I will not schedule events for our group 30 mins apart because he has already said NO to that).

Food - American. This is a four course meal: Soup, Salad, Entree w/ your choice of starch (yes folks, you must tell him which starch from the menu you'd like), and dessert.

Price - Depending on what I order, my bill typically runs about $30-$40 w/ a glass of wine (this includes my donation).

He enforces strict rules when dining at his restaurant so please adhere to these basic yet simple guidelines:

  • Cash only (and more importantly, no tipping allowed). You may donate $ to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the big glass jar next to the cashier register when paying for your meal. Do not had the cash directly to the chef, instead, place it on the cash tray and wait for your change.
  • No torn jeans or sloppy dress-wear
  • No loud talking or toasting w/ the goblets
  • Do not use the linen napkins (only the paper napkins provided) to wipe your mouths w/ it as it is provided only for the purpose of protecting your clothing.
  • If you need to blow your nose, do so in the bathroom - this is a standard custom for us East Asians. It's just rude to do so at the table.
  • Do not be late. This will throw Chef's schedule off and he may get angry and throw us out as a result. :P

Do NOT RSVP to this event if you cannot commit to it. Since this is a small gathering and reservation will be made for exactly 4 people, Chef will count on all of us to be there on a timely manner. If you must cancel, do so 24 hours in advance to allow those on wait list to have ample time to be notified. 2 no show policy will apply, no exceptions.

Review from The Seattle Times

Yelp Reviews

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  • Rita W.

    dang, of course they open when i leave town. let me know how you liked it!
    https://www.facebook.com/KukaiRamenUSA?ref=stream

    December 19, 2012

  • Rita W.

    December 19, 2012

  • Rita W.

    the food never disappoints. the chef was in top form tonight in both the kitchen and guest interaction (if you know what i mean). we were the good table and didn't get scolded.
    the salad was amazing. the steak was perfectly cooked. my photos turned out terrible so i will steah hannah's. it was nice to meet you Luis. hope to see you again in future meetups.

    December 18, 2012

    • Luis L.

      Nice to meet you too, Rita. I'll definitely go to more meetups when my schedule allows.

      December 18, 2012

  • Luis L.

    The food was delicious, especially the salad and the chicken soup, company was great and I was pleasantly surprised that everyone was scifi fans! It was nice to meet you Rita, Hannah, and Harry. Keep the north end meetup coming! =)

    Price for party of 5 or more on Friday and Saturday: DOUBLE!

    December 18, 2012

  • Rita W.

    what is there not to understand: no substitutions and do not use the linen napkin to wipe your mouth?

    December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The chef was very grouchy tonight. He yelled at both of the tables in front and back of us, but they deserved it. Who charges their cell phones at a restaurant, especially at Grouchy Chefs?! I especially loved his lecture about the No Substitution policy. "I have already told you three times that I don't do substitutions!" lol Loved the mild entertainment we got tonight.

    December 18, 2012

  • Luis L.

    Thanks for organizing this, Hannah. Looking forward to it =)

    December 11, 2012

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