Would we go back:
600 W Lake St
• Soft Shell Crab 7.95(shared)
• Soba Noodles with Tempura Shrimp and Vegetables $14.00
I liked the atmosphere of Fuji-ya it seemed to feel kinda Japanese which is difficult in Minneosta.
The appetizer was very tasty and a bit unususal. They seemed to have a bunch of different kinds of appetizers which might be fun to try more of them.
My noodles with shrimp and vegetable tempura was very good. The tempura was nice and light and not too greasy. They also had a good combination of vegetables. Although they could have added more onions. Since they were really good. While we liked everything we probably wouldn't go back just because there are other Japanese restaurants as good closer to us. So if you are in the neighborhood you may want to consider Fuji-ya.
• Sashimi Platter $19.95
I enjoyed Fuji-Ya. Maybe it isn’t the best sushi in town, but it’s good sushi nonetheless. I had the sashimi dinner, which came with some out-of-this-world miso soup, rice, and the chef’s choice of five types of sushi. The presentation was excellent -- a pillar of wasabi, mounds of shredded carrots and daikon, and a flower in the center. The dinner price seemed reasonable as well.
The soft shell crab appetizer was acceptable. The fried flavor was good, but it left me wanting more flavor from the crab or meatier crab.
I think of Fuji-Ya as one of the less ostentatious Japanese restaurants in town (excluding Japanese steakhouses, of course). The staff, menu, and decor are pleasant and accessible. It might make a good restaurant to choose for those trying Japanese for the first time.
July 6, 2002