Enjoy Lunch at the Historic Forest Restaurant “Matsumotoro”

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The restaurant Matsumotoro is located in the heart of Hibiya Park.
The historic western-style restaurant first opened in 1903 alongside Hibiya Park. The park’s fountain is located just in front of the restaurant, and it’s also close to the Imperial Palace, so it’s a great place to visit while walking through the area.

This time, I had lunch at the Western Grill & Garden located on the building’s 1st floor.
The building is designed to be able to host weddings and other parties, and the 3rd floor features an authentic French restaurant.

Exterior of “Matsumotoro”

There are also seats available on the open terrace, so it seems like a nice place to stop by on a warm day.


The menu features typical Japanese takes on western dishes, like Hayashi rice (hashed beef rice), hamburger steaks, and katsu curry.

I didn’t hesitate to order their winter-only borsch this time.

A delicious menu lineup
A delicious menu lineup

The borsch was made with domestic Japanese beef and plenty of large pieces of vegetables.
It had great textures, and it warmed my body right up.

Borsch packed with lots of thick-cut ingredients
Borsch packed with lots of thick-cut ingredients

You can choose between a side of bread or rice. I chose bread this time.
When I have soup-based dishes, I love to sop up the remaining broth with bread.
It was absolutely delicious, and the borsch warmed my body right up after eating it. I’m sure that whatever you order here will be great!

Basic information on Matsumotoro Western Grill & Garden Terrace

Postal Code
1-2 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(1) About a 2-minute walk from the A14 exit of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Hibiya Line, and Mita Line’s Hibiya Station
(2) About a 2-minute walk from the B2 exit of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Marunouchi Line’s Kasumigaseki Station
Business Hours
11:00am-9:00pm (L.O. 8:30pm)
No holidays
Credit Cards
Official Website (Japanese)