Again I went to Matsumi some time ago, my absolute favourite Sushi restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. It is located in the Collonaden near to the Jungfernstieg at the inner Alster river and I highly recommend it for the most amazing sushi. I don’t know any better place.
We got seats at the sushi bar and started out with some very nice side dishes and a sake kava temaki (grilled salmon skin hand roll), which is my absolute favourite hand roll at Matsumi. They are a little bit messy to eat but an absolute delight.
Afterwards we enjoyed an amazing sashimi platter with a huge variety of delicious fish. We had hamachi (yellowtail), maguro, medium fatty and fatty tuna (I think it was chu toro and toro), sake (salmon), hirame (halibut), ika (squid), tako (octopus), saba (mackerel), perch/zander (I am not sure about the Japanese name), ama ebi (sweet shrimp) and hotategai (scallop), aka gai (red clam) and mirugai (giant clam). To be honest, I am not quite sure about the last two mussels. Alongside the sushi platter there were two more side specialties, spicy ika (squid) and aji tataki (seared horse mackerel).
To make it short, the sashimi was all awesome, fresh and so delicious. I especially enjoyed the 3 varieties of tuna, the hamachi (yellowtail) and tako (octopus). Also I never hat hirame (halibut) at Matsumi before and really liked its smoothness. As always I also appreciated the mackerel, being on my long list of sashimi favourites. Therefore I also really enjoyed the aji tataki (seared horse mackerel) It was refined with herbs, wasabi and soy sauce and was absolutely delicious.
I will be back for more…
P.S.: Sadly, Hideaki Morita, the head chef at Matsumi, fell terribly ill in autumn 2015. I miss him very much and wish him all the best for his recovery. I sincerely hope that he feels much better soon.