SEPT 2014 THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED ITS DOORS Contributed by Stevie:
Nestled in the artsy 124 Street locale, Matahari offers an extensive menu that exquisitely brings together tastes from the sea, wok, and grill. They expertly created Vietnamese dishes including curries and stews.
Seating in the intimate dining room is centered around a bubbling fish pond with private room reservations and pre-booking options available for larger parties.
Although the online menu doesn't label the naturally gluten free items, or those that can be prepared using a gluten free variation, the in-house menu is clearly marked and, subsequently, effortless to order from.
I have personally enjoyed several appetizers and entrees, however, find myself to be a repeat vermicelli bowl offender (served without spring rolls). A bowl of hot and sour soup has also satisfied my appetite on more than one occasion.
Despite comprehensive lunch/dinner menus, dessert options tend to be restricted. Often when overcome by my sweet tooth, I simply choose visit the sorbet shop/bakery conveniently located just around the corner on 102 Ave.
Staff regularly prove to be helpful and courteous and have assisted in ensuring consistent, consequence free dining. Nut allergies can also be accommodated, allowing most diners (regardless of diet complexities) a pleasurable culinary experience.
Matahari can be easily accessed on foot or by car. Parking is available in the rear of the building or on one of the numerous surrounding residential streets. It is well worth navigating downtown traffic to experience this remarkable restaurant, whether it be for a sit down meal or simply to pick up take out.