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[MSP] St. Paul v. Minneap Fujiyas??

dahliachewswell Jul 26, 2007 11:42 AM

I am wondering if anyone has tried both the Minneapolis and St. Paul locations of Fujiya and could compare and contrast. Forgive if this has been talked about, couldn't find any info on a search.
I am excited that one of my favorites has opened a location closer to my home, but will it offer the same great overall experience for a classy date evening? It seems as if the new location may be more casual/sushi bar oriented.

THANKS!!!!

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    churchka Jul 26, 2007 11:49 AM

    I guess I don't know which one is the new one, but I will compare and contrast.

    St. Paul's is much smaller and more like a cafe almost. Mpls's is larger and more restauranty with booths.

    St. Paul's never has a DJ, but usually has a Japanese movie playing without sound on a flat screen TV.

    Minneapolis's sushi bar is larger and their dinner menu has many more items. Both have the same sushi items though. Both have specials for sushi.

    Minneapolis's is much trendier. St. Paul you can get free validated parking with dinner at the World Trade Center ramp.

    I like the food at St. Paul better. I feel like the sushi chef is just better. I think the fish tastes more fresh. They have the greatest spicy tuna rolls in the world too.

    St. Paul also has an awesome happy hour from 4-6 (I think are the hours). Really good deals on drinks and sushi.

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      soupkitten Jul 26, 2007 12:26 PM

      agreeing that the quality at the st paul fuji-ya was better. didn't know all those other details churchka clued us in to. in st. paul i also like sakura & think it's better than both fuji yas.

      this was a really good msp sushi thread a while back

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367904

      1. re: soupkitten
        katebauer Jul 26, 2007 07:26 PM

        I don't specifically remember differences in the sushi but I really didn't like the feel of the St. Paul one. We went in the winter and it was really drafty and cold. The restaurant just seemed grungy, like they didn't fully clean out the place since the last restaurant. If I were heading to St. Paul for sushi I'd definitely go to Sakura instead.

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