松玄 Matsugen

Matsugen is one of my favorite places for soba. Located on Beach Walk, it’s an easy walk from our office, thus another office favorite for lunch. I tagged along as the third wheel on my coworker’s lunch date with her beau (who also works with us). 

062709 matsugen interior

She ordered the hot Ebi Tempura Udon($18.40) and opted for udon instead of soba. A generous assortment of shrimp and vegetable tempura accompanies the bowl of noodles.

Matsugen - Hot Ebi Tempura Udon ($18.40)

Matsugen - Hot Ebi Tempura Udon ($18.40)

He had the hot Kamonanban Soba ($17.40) with slices of duck breast, which he said was excellent. 

Matsugen - Kamonanban ($17.80)

Matsugen - Kamonanban ($17.80)

I had cold Ebi Tempura Soba ($18.40) which was also excellent. And as in any traditional soba restaurant, they serve you the sobayu (the hot water they boil the noodles in) so you can make your own hot soup with the leftover dipping sauce.

Matsugen - Cold Ebi Tempura ($18.40)

Matsugen - Cold Ebi Tempura ($18.40)

Be forewarned that the soba is pricey here, but I think it’s well worth it. The noodles are freshly made in house, the dashi broth has a simple yet delicate flavor, and the tempura is light and fresh. The restaurant also has a number of simple Japanese pupus on their menu, as well as various sake, shochu and Japanese beer. Come early though, since they only have about 8 tables or so. The restaurant is definitely geared towards Japanese guests, seeing that the menu is not so user friendly (all it has is the Japanese item written out using the alphabet with no explanation) and the servers act like they don’t speak English. The staff here could use a refresher course on serving customers with finesse, but other than that, the restaurant is beautiful and the food is excellent.

If you appreciate the soba at Matsugen, you will probably also enjoy Inaba on South King Street. In my opinion, these two are in a class above the rest as far as soba in Honolulu goes.

OVERALL: GOOD
PRICE RANGE: Click here to view the menu.
MY BILL: $24.00
RETURNING?: Yes

Matsugen
($1 Validated parking at the Planet Hollywood Building; entrance off Beach Walk)
255 Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.926.0255
Lunch 11:30a-2:30p daily
Dinner 5:30p-10:00p daily

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4 Responses to “松玄 Matsugen”


  1. 1 Er July 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I’ve always wanted to try this place, but it’s so pricey I haven’t quite brought myself to go there…So you think it’s worth it huh? I’ve been to Inaba once, and that was really good! Kinda pricey too. One day I’ll get down there…Now at least I know what they offer…

  2. 2 Keith July 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    A refresher course, indeed! It was perhaps the most bizarre “welcome” I have ever experienced.

    We got there at 11:40am and looking in the window at the dim, lifeless dining room, it was as if it was closed. Not too mention, the sign on the floor inside of the door stated just that, “Closed”.

    I remember us discussing for a couple of minutes whether or not to go elsewhere. However, after seeing their posted hours of operation stating they open at 11:30am, I peered in the window again. There stood the waitress in the middle of the dining room, like a spectre, staring blankly back at me. I made gestures inquiring, “Are you open?” She responded with the universal gesture and expression for,”HUH?” After a few awkward seconds she came to the door and let us in, giving me the vibe that we should have known to just enter.

    What was interesting was that had we not been so ono for noodles and pressed our faces in to the window, she would have been content with letting us leave to go to our other favorite eateries on either side of them (kurobuta tonkatsu vs fettucini alla crema). With this economy and decreased foot traffic along Beach Walk, you would think she would have been standing just outside of the front door to welcome and encourage all passers-by to enter.

    I don’t know about you but I am definitely convinced that she is either A) the owner’s daughter or B) the owner’s “side salad”. Either way, that girl had no interest being there.

    We had to laugh at that situation because it was just sooooo strange and the food and company more than made up for her.

    We will definitely return and will know better. As long as the door is unlocked, I’m going in. Banzai!

  3. 3 honolulueats July 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Er: I think it’s worth it, but I can’t go there all the time b/c it’s so expensive…

    Keith: I couldn’t have told the story any better than you! That was hilarious, but you retelling it is even more hilarious. I vote for B): “side salad”. You are such a great writer – you should seriously think about starting that blog of yours.

  4. 4 Keith July 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’ll think about it.

    Btw, who’s the loser in the the tie with the hottie?


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