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