It would not be the first time that I have had teppan-yaki at Matusri restaurant but it is my first time at Matsuri St James. A few years ago there was a second branch in Holborn which was my favourite place to have dinner. I would love the teppan-yaki room that is downstairs of the restaurant. It was more quieter and felt more of a private dining area. Unfortuntely, a few years ago Matsuri Holborn had a fire incident and never reopened.

Matsuri St James’ is the original branch and is bigger with many more teppan-yaki tables.  There is a separate room which has a sushi bar for those who do not want to have teppan-yaki. But if you at Matsuri then you want to have a teppan-yaki dinner.

There are various teppan-yaki course, as well the option to call it separate. We went for the Matsuri teppan-yaki dinner course (£49) which started with an appetise.

Seasonal Hors d’oeuvre

Dobin Mushi which is a traditional Japanese seafood broth that is served in a dobin pot. Inside the broth you will find prawn, chicken and mushroom.

To enjoy the flavour of Dobin Mushi, you would squeeze the lime in to the broth and use the cup to drink. The lime give it a refreshing taste to the broth.

There is a choice of assorted Sashimi or Tempura. I went for the tempura which included king prawn and vegetables.

Finally the teppan-yaki section of the meal arrives, where we can watch our chef in action.

The Matsuri teppan-yaki dinner courses has a range of selection to choose in the course, and all comes serve with grilled vegetables, steamed rice and Miso soup.

  • Free Range Chicken Teriyaki
  • Assorted Seafood
  • Scottish Rib-Eye Steak
  • Scottish Fillet Steak (plus £5 additional charge)
  • Half Lobster (plus £15 additional charge)

For additional charge, we had the option to change the steamed rice for steamed brown rice (£3.50), egg fried rice, garlic butter rice or spicy fried rice for £4.70 supplement.

I order the assorted seafood which comes with salmon, prawns, squids and scallops. I asked for no squid and got additional scallops as replacement.

For those who like there beef then the steak is a great option for the teppan-yaki. As with any places that serves steak you have the choice to decided how you like your steak to be cook – rare, medium, well done etc.

I actually think the highlight of Matsuri teppan-yaki is the dessert part if you select the fireball ice cream. As standard the Matsuri tepppan-yaki dinner course comes with sorbert as dessert, but I recommend to pay the addition for the fireball ice cream.

It is £3.50 additional charge for the standard fireball ice cream and £5 for the fireball ice cream with Mango. I actually think the standard fireball ice cream is sufficient, unless you a fan of mango.

The highligh is as the name of the dessert, it goes on fire!
Fireball ice cream is pancake base served with block of melted vanilla ice cream and pineapple. It is a nice dessert but slightly different to the one I had in Matsuri Holborn which used a thinly sponge base.

If I had the choice then I preferred Matsuri Holborn as love the chef that would always cook our food and tell as funny jokes. It was all entertaining and although simple food it was cooked beautifully.

I felt there was something missing when we were dining at Matsuri St James. It did not have the same WOW factor that I found in Matsuri Holborn.

(Prices correct at the time of dining)

15 Bury Street


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