Fuji Steak and Sushi – Whets Your Appetite!

Friday, March 07, 2014 - by Willie Mae

Whenever I have Lois go with me to visit a restaurant, sometimes we try to talk ol’ Phil into going with us, but he is pretty set in his ways and only likes Lois’ cooking. He says he doesn’t like spending money on something his wife could fix at home. Lois can’t make sushi and all it took was for us to tell him that Fuji Steak and Sushi was having ‘half-price sushi day’ and he was on board. It was close to where they live so we all traveled together and found it off of Shallowford Road near the Red Roof Inn.

Phil was a gentleman and held the doors open for us, but I couldn’t help touching the second one to see if the water running down it was real. It was! I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I didn’t see any hose attached and the door was on hinges and opened all the way. That baffled me and now I had a wet hand.

We were seated and given a paper list to mark off our choices of the sushi rolls we wanted. Lois sat next to me because there was more room, so she asked me to help her decide on what to get. Lois doesn’t like too many varieties of sushi (or anything for that matter) so I tried to find her old standbys that she liked. I didn’t see the Philadelphia roll so I looked for something similar and found the Bagel roll for $7.99. I checked the Rainbow roll for her and I both for $9.79. I wanted to try something different so I ordered the Golden gate roll for $12.99 and I got us both a couple of pieces of Nigiri. I like the deep red tuna, but Lois doesn’t, (she only likes tuna in a can) so I chose salmon for her – those two pieces of Nigiri were $4.79. We were set!

Phil was waiting for us to ask him why he didn’t check off anything on his paper, as if he had some sort of big secret. Lois offered my help thinking Phil didn’t know how to order either. She said, “Phil, do you want Willie to order for you, too?” Phil triumphantly answered matter-of-factly, “No, I am having the Sushi Lunch Delux.” It was $10.99, but ALL of our sushi prices were slashed in half (which made Phil happy).

Our cute little waitress named Rebecca took our orders to the chef and brought us our drinks. It wasn’t long before the sushi arrived. Phil’s plate looked like a garden! It was pretty with greenery and flowers. Lois told him she thought he could eat the flower, but he said he wasn’t going to. I tried to help out Lois by agreeing that the flowers were edible and Phil heaved it at my face and said, “Then YOU eat it”. It looked too ‘velvety’ for me, so I decided not to.

Rebecca brought us extra wasabi as requested. The one thing Lois likes really spicy is wasabi. She says she could even drink it! She mixed her wasabi and soy sauce concoction and I mixed mine, but Phil used more of the soy sauce than the green-sinus-remedy-paste for his sushi. My Golden Gate roll looked delicious! It was spicy tuna, eel and avocado.

When I tried the Golden Gate roll, it was simply wonderful! Very tasty. I thought Lois would like it and I wanted her to try it, so I placed a piece on her plate. She looked at it and said, “Yum! Bacon!” I looked at Phil and he looked back at me and grinned. I knew what he was thinking, “Let her think its bacon and she might like it.” But then I thought …if she expected bacon and it didn’t taste like bacon, she wouldn’t like it anyway, so I told her it was eel.

Lois liked it! I wanted to ring a bell or something, Lois actually liked something she never tried. Lois liked all of her sushi except the Nigiri, but I expected that. Some people don’t like the texture of Nigiri or Sashimi and Lois certainly did not! “Ooh, I don’t like THAT one,” she said, “it tastes soured …like raw chicken liver!” Now, I know that ol’ Lois never tried a raw chicken liver, but before I could rib her about it, she corrected herself and finished, “…or at least what I think raw chicken liver would taste like.”

Lois tried to push it off on me to eat, but I told her, “I’m still working on my ‘bacon’.” Phil got tickled. We were pleasantly satisfied with the price and the food so I will definitely give this place a Willie Mae “Whee-ee-doggie!”

While reaching for my pocket book to put my notes away, my elbow brushed against a pipe by our table that had water drizzling down it too! With the flavorful, and half-priced sushi special and Lois liking the majority of her meal, we felt we had a successful visit and this place was great! Aside from a clumsy, old lady touching or bumping into their fountains… I was the only one that was all wet.

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11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.


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