by Wildcat Dianne
July 22, 2008
In the same shopping plaza as Books a Million, I discovered this little Japanese restaurant called Sushi Fuji Grill and noticed on the windows that they had lunch specials under $10. "Sweet!", I thought to myself. "I will go there for lunch after I stop in Petland next door to get my fur child Loki some senior dog food for his breakfasts.
It was before noon when I got into the Sushi Fuji Grill, and it wasn't that crowded, and I was able to be seated fairly quickly at the bar since I wanted sushi. Sushi Fuji Grill has a Hibachi Grill and all you can eat lunch buffet there for $6.99, and the Sushi Bar has many specials for about the same price. They seated me at the sushi bar which had a great view of the chefs preparing many sushi goodies in front of me along with a view of the many kinds of fish with a guide to their names by your place setting.
My waitress was an older Japanese woman who was nice but not overly nice who came and took my drink order. I only wanted water and got that immediately and sipped it while reading the menu. For $6.99, I could have the Shrimp Tempura Platter which came with a salad and soup for appetizers and fried shrimp with tempura veggies and 4 California Sushi rolls along with fruit for dessert. Just enough to fill my tummy without overdoing it. My waitress came back a couple of minutes later and took my order, and I continued to look around the place which is decorated so nicely with Japanese prints and artifacts.
Not long after ordering, my waitress came back with my soup and salad. The salad consisted of only iceberg lettuce (not my favorite lettuce with no nutritional value whatsoever), a tomato, a cucumber, and a nice honey mustard dressing. The soup was a lukewarm tofu soup that was mild in taste but good.
Not long after finishing my salad and soup, my waitress came with my entree, which was a work of art itself. Artfully done on a Japanese divided dish, I had just right portions of tempura shrimp and veggies along with a scoop of white rice, the California rolls, and honeydew melon and oranges for dessert. After snapping the masterpiece with my camera, I dug in, using the chopsticks given to me when I was seated most of the time. For a lefty, I think I do very well eating with chopsticks.
The tempura shrimp was really tasty with a nice breading that wasn't heavy, and the sweet dipping sauce added a little enhancement to the shrimp. The veggies were a little blah even with using the sauce, and I wished I had asked for some wasabi or hot sauce to spice things up, but the veggies were still edible for me. The rice was plain white rice that accompanied the shrimp and veggies nicely, and the California rolls tasted fresh and yummy. My fruit was a nice end to the meal, and the whole thing cost only $7.51 + tip.
Sushi Fuji Grill is open daily from 10:30 to about 10 p.m. daily and has a huge lunch and dinner menu. I only dented the surface going there for lunch, and I wouldn't mind returning there to sample the habachi buffet or other items on the menu for dinner when I have more time. Located next to Petland on N. Davis Boulevard in Pensacola, Sushi Fuji Grill is a good place for lunch after a day shopping, a business lunch, or dinner with family or friends.
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