Matsuya, meaning “Pine Trees” in Japanese, is a family-run business. With branches in Johannesburg’s Carnival City Casino and the Parkview Shopping Centre in Pretoria, this 15-year-old chain is now also part of the Windmill Casino and Conference Centre.
With married couple Sandy and Carl de Beer in charge, the Bloemfontein branch could not be in more capable hands. Taipei-born Sandy got an early start in the family business, while Carl, who was born in Zimbabwe, gained valuable experience in the hospitality industry during his 16 years with Sun International.
Matsuya offers distinct, authentic cuisine in an unassuming setting with subtle hints of its origins. Matsuya boasts an extensive menu, the pages listing only the most delectable Eastern delicacies.
Besides their mouthwatering sushi bar, another definite draw card is their 18-seater bona fide Teppanyaki table. This style of Japanese cooking, popularised by many an American film, literally means 'Hot Plate (Teppan) Stir Fry (yaki)'. Matsuya also offers a variety of specials on light midday meals, making it perfect for business lunches.
Another noteworthy aspect of this novel eatery is that all their chefs are flown in from either Japan or China, each specialising in a particular dish: Sushi, Teppanyaki, Chinese and Japanese.
Thanks to the kitchen staff and head waitress coming down from the established Johannesburg branch in order to train new staff, the service you receive will be nothing but stellar.
A lot of emphasis is placed on the ingredients that go into their painstakingly prepared dishes. Salmon, tuna and impressively large oysters are flown in to ensure their freshness.
In Chinese symbology, the evergreen pine represents longevity and steadfastness, making Matsuya a fitting name, as they have already become a firm Bloemfontein favourite.Facebook: Matsuya Japanese RestaurantOpen
Monday 17:00 till late
Tuesday - Friday Lunch: 11:00 to 14h30
Dinner 17:00 to 22h00
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 till late