April 7, 2020

Matsuya - Low Key, Legit Japanese Restaurant in BGC

Food can bring people together in a way nothing else could. I couldn’t say more how much I agree with that statement. The past two teams I’ve been a part of at work have the same thing in common, the love of good food. It’s something that made me feel closer to them that gave some form f escape form our daily stress at work.

With my current team at work, we love eating out and bringing packed lunches that we share with each other. In a month we go for a lunch out at least 3 times and we’ve tried a couple of restaurants in BGC and one of them is Matsuya Japanese Restaurant.

This humble hole-in-the wall was recommended by one of our teammates. He sold it to us by saying that the place is a legit Japanese resto where sometimes you can find the Japanese owner cooking for the customers and that the serving is huge. Being sucker for Japanese food, I need not hear more.

Matsuya is a Japanese restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine with Korean sides since 2013. Its Japanese owner fascinates old style and tree houses, hence, the meals at Matsuya are prepared in a traditional manner.

Their store at 1st Street BGC occupies a little space, with a couple of tables plus a long bar area. So sometimes there’s a waiting time before you get to occupy a table. People who dine here eat and go though, so you don’t have to wait like more than 30 minutes.

Since we’ve dine here and some delivered to our office, we have tried a handful of their menu items including the following:

Yasai Misoni – fresh cabbage with miso sauce. This is a complimentary dish when you dine in at their restaurant. But only one serving is being given per table.

Miso Soup –  is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called "dashi" into which softened miso paste is mixed. One of my favoeite Japanese dishes, it's hearty and tastes legit.

Okonomiyaki – Japanese pancake and this is the Special variant. This contains meat, seafood, veggies and topped with loads of teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo and Bonito flakes. This okonomiyaki could feed 3-4 people but we usually eat this as appetizer or as a side dish.

Matsuya Tantanmen – Matsuya's version of the  yummy Japanese ramen noodles swimming in a deliciously balanced soup with hot spiciness from Japanese chili oil and a mellow nutty sweetness from soy milk and sesame paste.

Ebi Tempura – succulent shrimps coated in a thin batter and fried until lightly crisp. Matsuya's version is really good, it did  not disappoint!

Kani Tempura – crab sticks coated in a thin batter and fried until lightly crisp. I ordered this thinking it will have cheese in it like that of  Sushi Nori, but Matsuya's version doesn't have that, I was little disappointed but it's still good. Plus I didn't ask if there was cheese in it, my bad.

Tuna Sashimi and Salmon Maki – freshly prepped raw tuna and sushi roll. Matsuya has a wide variety of these on their menu but we've tried only a couple so far.

Dragon Maki – classic prawn tempura in a sushi roll, drizzled with Japanese mayo, and topped with cucumber and crab roe. If you want something new to try other than the usual sushi rolls, this is definitely highly recommended.

Bento is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese cuisines and other Asian cultures where rice is the main staple food. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box.

For me and my teammates, Matsuya's Bento Box offerings are super worth our money especially that you have a lot of stuff in one meal with a reasonable amount of serving. Below are the ones I myself and my teammates have tried. I personally like all the Bentos I've tried so far, but if f I would recommended you any of the Bento Boxes, they would be the Saba Shio Yaki Bento, Gyudon Bento and Don Katsu bento.

Don Katsu Bento – pork cutlet seasoned, then dredged in flour, then egg, and finally panko breadcrumbs then deep fried. Served with rice, cabbage salad, tamagoyaki, stir-fried spinach and pickled radish.

Butadon Bento – pork simmered in a mildly sweet sauce served with rice, cabbage salad, tamagoyaki, stir-fried spinach and pickled radish.

Gyudon Bento – beef simmered in a mildly sweet sauce, topped with egg and then served with rice, cabbage salad, tamagoyaki, stir-fried spinach and potato salad.

Samgyupsal Bento – Korean inspired bento box containing grilled pork belly served with lettuce, rice, kimchi, tamagoyaki and stir-fried spinach.

Saba Shio Yaki Bento – grilled Japanese Mackerel fish, served with rice, cabbage salad, tamagoyaki, stir-fried spinach and vegetables.

Currently Matsuya has 4 branches: FEU Fairview, Don Antonio, Quezon City and two in BGC, Taguig City. They recently opened their 4th branch at Fort Strip in BGC just before the lockdown happened. Which is to my delight is nearer our office building. I can see myself and my teammates frequenting this branch once we got back working in BGC.

The Matsuya branches in BGC is usually open from 10am-2am to cater to one of the business districts that don’t sleep.  If you want to dine in a Japanese restaurant where the foods are legit, delicious and healthy yet affordable, you should try Matsuya.

G/F Fort Palm Spring, 1st Avenue,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Nos: +632-8810-3911
+63 945 704 3347

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:  
Matsuya Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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