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Fuji, in Haddonfield: Omikase Dinner

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Bashful3 Mar 4, 2009 06:29 PM

Because I'm still coughing somewhat from Whooping Cough aftermath, I didn't feel comfortable eating at the sushi bar. So, my friend and I ate at a quiet table, for our pre-ordered Omikase dinner.

It was wonderful, but I did not feel overstuffed after my long inability to eat properly. First course was something green with a sesame paste and sesame dressing on the salad--wonderful. Then a large beautiful pot of Japanese custard, with several kinds of mushrooms, and one large pea green shaped veggie whose name escapes me. Comfort food for winter.

There was tuna tartar with caviar served in a martini glass; another dish that was great, but I can't remember! Followed by eight wonderful pristine pieces of sushi--superb. We thought we were full, but the main course was yet to come. It was a first for my friend and me: three generous Kobe beef slices with two dipping sauces. Two blazing hot small grills were brought to our table, and we were just told not to overcook the beef. The heat was so high, it didn't take long at all to get the meat crisp and brown outside, but warm and rare inside. Oh my, that was good.

Dessert was another surprise: amounted to hot banana roll (freshly baked crust)with raspberries; some vanilla ice cream in a chocolate cup to round it off. It was quite a meal for $60, and while we got no special service because we were not at the sushi bar, we found the pacing and explanations of the waitress just right.

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    Gorp512 RE: Bashful3 Mar 4, 2009 06:32 PM

    I love Fuji. They are so nice and the food is amazing. Best dessert I ever had was a key lime and blueberry tart . I still think about that. I love the room too, its so comfortable and low key.

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      Bashful3 RE: Gorp512 Mar 5, 2009 12:11 PM

      Glad to read of your positive expeinces that so mirror mine. I try hard to dispell the notion that one has to be a "regular" to get the best. I don't know how Matt can always come up with different dishes to the same people over time, but he does. And, seldom fails to delight.

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      Bigley9 RE: Bashful3 Jun 11, 2009 08:54 AM

      Is Fuji BYO? I am planning a dinner there next week - and do I need reservations for three on a Wednesday?

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        mschow RE: Bigley9 Jun 11, 2009 10:09 AM

        It's BYO. Probably don't need a reservation, but if you plan on going around 7-8 PM, it's probably not a bad idea, just in case.

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          Bigley9 RE: mschow Jun 11, 2009 10:14 AM

          thanks! Any other tips? I have read about Fuji on this board and elsewhere for years and never ventured over the bridge, so I am looking forward to it!

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            bd9 RE: Bigley9 Jun 12, 2009 06:17 AM

            The Sea Scallop Teriyaki is probably my favorite scallop dish anywhere. The sauce is rich and complex, unlike any teriyaki I've ever had.

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              mschow RE: Bigley9 Jun 13, 2009 06:24 AM

              Absolutely the best shrimp tempura I have ever had, if you like tempura!

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            Bigley9 RE: Bigley9 Jun 18, 2009 11:20 AM

            Thanks everyone for the help. We went to Fuji last night (called ahead, but didn't need reservations). Brought some decent saki and a sauvignon blanc. We were VERY impressed with the food. Chow-spouse got a clam and mushroom soup with a miso broth that was woodsy-smokey and delicious. Table (Mom and me plus spouse) shared asparagus and fiddlehead fern tempura (special - yum - crispy, not greasy) and a sauted soft shell crab. The crab was big and meaty and terrific, also on the special menu, noted as "live" so not the frozen ones you often get in spider rolls off season. Then we just ordered sushi and maki to share. It was great that once you ordered 2 pieces of sushi you could order in odd numbers - so we were able to get three of everything. No toro - but #2toro was offered and very good, possibly the best unagi I've ever had, great dragon roll, wonderful scallop - I could go on - but we will be going back. The discussion on the way home was Fuji vs. Morimoto, with the decision that we'd have to have more of Fuji's non-sushi items to really compare, but they are neck and neck and Fuji may well win by a purse string! (Service was spot on too!)

          3. kiwijen RE: Bashful3 Jun 11, 2009 10:06 AM

            Is the Omikasa $60 per person, or $60 for two?
            Thanks!

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              Bigley9 RE: kiwijen Jun 11, 2009 10:08 AM

              from the web site, it is for one

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