MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
After three decades of success, Matsuhisa remains as fine, lively and creative as it was on its opening day in 1987. It’s also still very popular—note the luxury cars filling the parking lot. Inside, the unpretentious décor fosters a casual ambience. Find the best seats in the house right at the sushi bar, where an array of itamae are putting their skills to work while engaging with guests. The menu highlights a wide range of rolls, ceviche, sashimi and other cold dishes with an unexpected but delicious twist. Try the likes of Peruvian-style tiradito, yellowtail with jalapeño and zesty king crab ceviche. Classic sushi may go on to showcase Santa Barbara sea urchin, delicate snapper with shiso leaf and ponzu or fatty toro that melts in the mouth.