Apr 012010

Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, Zashiki Room
Locations: Minneapolis & St Paul, MN
Addresses & Maps:

St Paul– 465 Wabasha St N St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 310-0111

Minneapolis– 600 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408


St Paul M-F 11a-2:30p Mon-Sat 5-10p

Minneapolis Tue-Th 5-10p Fri-Sat 5-10:30a Sun 5-9p

Links: Fuji Ya Website * Fuji Ya on Facebook

Fuji Ya St Paul, MN

Atmosphere: The St Paul location can be found in downtown St Paul at the corner of 7th and Wabasha.  There is a small dining room with tables to accommodate up to 30, with additional seating at the sushi bar at the front of the restaurant.  There is also a private Zashiki Room behind the paneled doors pictured in the back in the photo below.  During the day the natural lighting is soft and calming, with fresh flowers adorning every table

Inside of Fuji Ya

Lunch Menu: Appetizers include Yakitori(chicken and green onions on swewer) , Harumaki (Japanese style eggrolls), Agedashi Tofu, Edamame, Gyoza, Tempura Appetizer, Soft Shell Crab, and Spinach Gomae.

Sushi options include 2-piece Nigiri or 3 Piece Sashimi: Akaza Ebi (Japanese Lobster), Ama Ebi (sweet raw shrimp), Anago (salt water eel), Ebi (shrimp), Hamachi (yellowtail), Hirame (flounder), Hokki (surf clam), Hotate (raw scallop), Ika (squid), Ikura (salmon roe), Inari (deep fried tofu), Kampachi (small yellowtail), Kaibashira (cooked scallop), Kaki (oysters), Kani (crab leg meat), Madai (japanese red snapper), Maguro (tuna), Masago (smelt roe), Mirugai (giant clam), Mutsu (white toro), Saba (mackerel), Shake (salmon), Suzuki (striped sea bass), Tai (red snapper), Tako (octopus), Tamago 9egg custard), Tobiko (flying fish roe), Toro (oily tuna), Unagi (fresh water eel) and Uni (sea urchin)

Specialty Rolls include Dynamite, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Philly, Spider, Salmon skin, California, Tempura, Caterpillar, Crunchy, Wasabi Crunchy, New York, Dragon, #9, Winter and Futo.

There are also a handful of sushi lunch specials including Sushi Lunch, Sashimi Lunch, Makimono Lunch and Sushi Appetizer.

Noodle Dishes at Fuji Ya include Udon or Soba noodle soup served with choice of: Tempura, Vegetable Tempura, Sauteed Beef & Vegetable, and Sauteed Vegetables.  Ramen Noodles come with choice of Spicy Seafoos, Spicy Chicken, Yaki-Soba, and Yaki-Meshi.

Lunch Entrees include Teriyaki (chicken or beef), Bulgogi (chicken or beef), Katsu (chicken or beef), and Tempura.  Donburi “Bowl” Dishes include  Oyako Don, Chuka Don, Unagi Don, and Tofu Don.

There are three Bento Box specials including Fuji Ya Special, Reiko’s and the Vegetarian.

Fuji Ya also offers Hibachi, your very own personal teppanyaki choice of chicken, shrimp or vegetables.

Dinner menu offers same appetizers  from the lunch menu with the addition of the following items: Miso or Sumasi Soup, House Salad, Kaiso, Sunomono Salad, Tuna Tataki, Calamari, Sauteed Salmon and Sashimi Salad.

Dinner Entrees include Sesame Encusted Tuna, Seafood Doria, Black Angus Toban Yaki, Teriyaki Chicken, Roast Duck with Raspberry Teriyaki, Tempura, Salmoin Shio-Yaki,  Yose Nabe, and Sukiyaki.
Price guide: Appetizers $5-9  Sushi $5-9 per order Specialty Roll $6-17 Noodles $7-10 Lunch entree $9-15  Dinner Entree $17-23

Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs 5-7p $4-5 appetizers See Happy Hour Menu
What I ordered: I was very hungry and knew I could spend a fortune on sushi, which is what I really wanted to eat but did not have the budget for.  I decided to get the #9 Roll (knowing that it would not fill me up), which was 8 delicious pieces of  Tempura shrimp with cucumber and spicy mayo, wrapped with salmon and avocado, then topped with special unagi sauce.  I loved every bite, but was indeed still hungry after eating.

One of my companions ordered the Sushi Lunch special which came with 6 pieces of maki roll (tuna) and 5 pieces of chef’s choice nigiri, served with miso soup.

Another companion ordered the Soba Noodle Soup with Vegetable Tempura.  There was a generous portion of tempura-battered onions, shredded carrots, sweet potato, broccoli and parsley and a large soup bowl filled with wheat soba noodles and broth.

Another companion was trying Japanese cuisine for the first time and wanted to go with something a little “safe”.  The Oyako Don was a good choice: Big bowl of rice and noodles topped with sliced chicken breast cooked in a dashi sauce, eggs, and a few veggies.  Flavorful but on the mild side.

Service: My companions and I were all able to find metered parking nearby, which was very nice! Our visit was on a Friday during the lunch rush and it was busy as expected.  Our server was nice but we didn’t see much of her; she was the only server scheduled for the entire dining room and was very busy.  Drinks took longer than necessary to be refilled but food was reasonably fast considering the day and time.
Overall Impression: I thought the specialty sushi that I had was very good, but I was left hungry for the amount of money I spent (typical for a quality sushi restaurant!). Would love to see an all-you-can-eat sushi option at Fuji-Ya but know that is unlikely.

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