Fuji in Haddonfield: Over the Top Today
I don't know how he does it. Today, my friend and I (long time regulars for lunch) were
served an elegant small green teapot, with a small inverted cup, over a stopper for the pot.
Inside, a soup with fish/mushrooms, into which no spoon could reach. Instead, we used
an oyster fork to spear bits of blowfish, mushrooms and shrimp, while the soup itself was
poured into the tiny cup to be sipped. Divine.
The next course was also a surprise: visually stunning, but one stone crab claw, over a bit
of salad, with a bowl of special mayonnaise for dipping on the side. It was incredibably tender,
full of flavor, and the mayo added a unique touch.
The next course was obviously a vegetable tempura: various mushrooms, small pieces, varied
textures, tastes and crunch. Simple, superb, refreshing. Sauce for dipping was understated:
the star of the dish were the tempura battered mushrooms.
And, then, a finale of four perfect pieces of sushi, including live scallop, which is my favorite.
And, a surprise desert: a true work of art, built upon a fancy toothpick that had a small bead in
it (good thing I didn't try to eat that): a small bit of pineapple, a purple fruit I didn't recognize,
a bit more fruit, and an encrusted pretzel stick: a perfect light ending to a perfect meal.
In the 15 or so years we've lunched with Matt Ito at Fuji, the only dish we were ever served
before was the sushi!
Matt retains his capacity to surprise and delight.