REVIEWS

Japanese vegetarian at Matsunichi

Address   Level 2, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay
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Kowloon Bay boasts a growing cohort of restaurants worth seeking out. Matsunichi is well-hidden on the second floor of Goldin Financial Centre, an impressively shiny but otherwise uninspiring office building. But, once inside, it’s a treat.

And until the end of May, Matsunichi is offering a special ‘Vegetarian Vibes’ menu. Always keen to get our daily fix of veg, we went to check it out.

Highlights of the menu include the tempura, with meaty-textured maitake mushrooms, sweet potato and butterbur buds. The latter is something we don’t see on menus too often, and is a flavour we’d definitely like to taste more of. The tomato tofu was less of a hit; a peculiar combination of neither-here-nor-there flavours that just didn’t quite work for us. All was forgiven, however, when we tasted the white peach sorbet; totally refreshing, although we could have managed a larger scoop. In fact, for HK$600, we’d have liked a larger scoop of everything. The plating and presentation is exquisite, but with such dainty portions of food, we resorted to topping the meal up with a couple of less-than-vegetarian appetisers.

A further disappointment is that the menu is only available on ‘meatless Mondays’ and during weekend lunch and dinner. So, if you’re vegetarian and it’s Tuesday, you have to choose between the a la carte menu, or going elsewhere.