Fuji Mountain (20th & Chestnut)??
I'm thinking about taking a first date here on a Saturday night. I've heard that the sushi is very good and that the atmosphere is trendy yet subtle and a bit romantic. Is all this true? Are reservations necessary? Where should I request to be seated to be somewhat in the mix (people watching potential) yet somewhat quiet and off to the side? (2nd floor?)
Any menu recommendations?
(I see it made the top 10 for Sushi on the City'sBest 2007 at cityguide.aol)
..at first I was thinking I'd head to Fuji Mountain instead of Raw (12th & Sansom) assuming FM was cheaper. Now after comparing the prices on their menus I'm thinking they're relatively similar pricewise. And if this is the case I'd much prefer to try Raw.
Any knowledge on the price/food quantity comparison between the two (I haven't been to either)?
Raw's menu is much more creative; Fuji Mountain's is more traditional. Raw also has a good selection of non-sushi dishes if you want to broaden your meal beyond the standards. For a first date, I'd probably choose Raw -- it's more "fun," has a more creative/tendy atmosphere (ie, even if the date isn't to your liking, you'll find much more to talk about re: the decor, people, menu, etc.), and I think the service is better (service at Fuji Mountain can be a little slow). Quality of fish-wise, I'd guess they're about the same.
Mike, I'd head to Old City for sushi. Raw's atmosphere is cool for a date if you want to buy her $12 saketini's, but the sushi is average. They use too many sauces to compensate for the fish in rolls plus you will not get out of there for under a C-note. Best Sushi is the city is Uzu at 104 Market. I know others mention Zento and Kisso, but they really do not hold a candle to the creativity, quality of sushi, price point or service of Uzu. Plus it is Byo. Afterwards, take her for a freshly made waffle sunday at Franklin Fountain or try the new gelato place 'Bon Bon' across the street.
Yeah, I think you may be thinking of Fuji, in NJ, not Fuji Mountain. I've never been to Fuji Mountain but haven't heard great things.
If you're going for sushi, I'd recommend Zento, but their atmosphere isn't exactly romantic. Great sushi, though. Morimoto is good too, and if you stick to the sushi menu it's not very expensive. They make good sushi at Kisso as well, not as good as Zento or Morimoto though.