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Japanese? in Shrewsburry, NJ (Monmouth County)

Ida Red Apr 7, 2007 11:51 AM

Does anyone know about that mysterious looking Japanese restaurant tucked away in the back corner of the strip mall next to the county library along route 35?
I want to take my mom there... she definitely won't eat any sushi but I might.

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  1. Deb Van D RE: Ida Red Apr 7, 2007 01:38 PM

    Fuji Japanese Steak House, been there for quite some time. It's okay, pretty good but not fabulous. Serene enough interior, pleasant staff, it does that sort of Japanese/Thai fusion kind of thing, which generally means it doesn't do either too awfully well. My experience of it is that it is better to avoid the Thai offerings, disappointing, and stick with the Japanese side of the house. I have only had their sushi as part of a bento box at lunch, not the best I've ever had but . . . okay.

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      tom porc RE: Ida Red Apr 7, 2007 11:32 PM

      I believe there are better Japanese places in the area if you are interested in Japanese.

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        Ida Red RE: tom porc Apr 8, 2007 09:17 PM

        I ended up eating at Fuji and it was a good experience. I had the sushi and hijiki, both were very good. I will go back.
        Tom porc, I'm curious what other Japanese places you prefer in the area. There are suprisingly quite a few as you drive down 35.

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          tom porc RE: Ida Red Apr 10, 2007 01:45 AM

          Glad you enjoyed Fuji!

          Japanese isnt my thing so I'm not a good judge but others have preferred Fune in Ocean Twp. My friends tell me its quite expensive, though.
          Sawa (next to Pathmark) is popular and ACE in West Long Branch got an excellent review in NY Times although its asian and french fusion.
          Btw, if you decide to return to Fuji before May 9th, there is a 50% off entree coupon in Clipper Magazine. There is also a coupon for ACE.

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            wench31 RE: tom porc Aug 23, 2007 01:05 PM

            Tom Porc, I was driving by when I saw ACE and noticed that it was Asian and French fusion. What do they serve in there? Is it a hibachi as well?

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              tom porc RE: wench31 Aug 23, 2007 11:12 PM

              Here is their website.

              Doesnt look like hibachi. More like Vietnamese.
              I'm sorry but I havent tried it.

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                wench31 RE: tom porc Aug 24, 2007 07:44 AM

                Thank you for the website! I see that they have bibimbap as well! I will definitely give that a try!

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                  joonjoon RE: wench31 Aug 28, 2007 10:37 AM

                  I hope this one sticks around...how many restaurants have we had come and go in that spot now?

                  Bibimbap at a Japanese French fusion spot? Hmmm. :)

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                    tom porc RE: wench31 Aug 29, 2007 01:25 AM

                    If you do try it, please give us a report :0)

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          Jen_in_NJ RE: Ida Red Apr 10, 2007 06:11 AM

          Ichiban in Ocean Township is good too...Down 35 past the mall

          BTW we took 15 of my daughter's friends to Fuji for her 16th birthday and the staff were so gracious and entertaining we felt the party was a great success!!!

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            joonjoon RE: Jen_in_NJ Apr 10, 2007 08:14 AM

            In the ocean area Ichiban is also my favorite and is great for thigns other than Sushi. But when I want some serious sushi love I head up north to Sono. I think it's in middletown.

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              bgut1 RE: joonjoon Apr 10, 2007 11:22 AM

              I also like Ichiban as well as Takara both on Rt. 35 in Ocean.

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