On Sunday, January 28th, Brandon and I went to eat at Fuji Steak House. Brandon has never experienced a Hibachi before and I’ve only been once a long time again. My experience was excellent, and I remember it being full of life. It’s something I wanted Brandon to experience too. Giving it a Google, the Hibachi grill I originally wanted to take him to, didn’t do Hibachi on Sunday. So, we settled for the closest one to us.
Out of 246 Reviews, on Google, the Fuji Steak House has four stars. Most people say it was either fantastic, or the worst. Brandon and I have been eating out long enough that we know that’s the case with every restaurant. Brandon and I only hoped that we would not be giving a bad review.
Upon entering the building, it was split up into four sections. As you enter the first thing you see is the sushi bar, to the left is a dining area, right next to the doors is a bar and to the right, through two doors is the Hibachi Grill. When entering that area, there are five squares, within each square is two grills, and eighteen seats. We were seated closest to the doors, and we were fine with waiting almost an hour before the Chef came out. The thing that most people don’t realize when going to a Hibachi Grill is that it takes time. When reading a lot of the negative comments on Google Reviews, we noticed that most people were impatient about waiting for their food. For people who don’t know, typically, before the chef comes out to cook and put on a performance, the host must fill up at least h
alf of the section. Which, in this case, was eight seats. Then, when the table is filled, the server must take down your order, which the Chef then must prepare. Now, not every person orders the same thing. For instance, I ordered the Hibachi chicken, and an order of fried rice, however Brandon ordered the Hibachi steak, but took the steamed rice. Someone at our table requested that their veggies only be broccoli, while another family requested only onions and mushrooms. The Chef has to portion out everything and then bring it out to cook. Those who don’t like to wait long for their food, should opt for the dining service or the sushi bar.
While the Chef is doing what he needs to do, the lunch/dinner comes with a salad served with ginger dressing and clear soup. At first I was skeptical. The only dressings I prefer is the homemade dressing at The Old Spaghetti Factory, ranch and balsamic vinaigrette. Trying out a new dressing was not up my alley. However, it was delicious. The salad, although was just lettuce, was actually really good. The clear soup made me try mushrooms, which growing up I was never a fan of. However, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I can get around a small, sliver of a mushroom, just not the big juicy ones. Once, we were finished the server was quick to remove the dirty plates and bowls from our able. We were then offered chopsticks for our meals. Not too long after, the chef came out with his cart.
Our Chef was amazing. He was polite and amusing. He didn’t do many tricks, but he did do the volcano, which was pretty cool to see. Brandon, every few minutes was laughing and to see him smile and enjoy himself like that, honestly, made me so happy. Out of everyone at the table, we were definitely, the most relaxed and took the time to just enjoy ourselves. Once he was finished cooking, the was quick to clean up his mess and was courteous to those around him.
Brandon and I took our time eating, and within ten minutes everyone around us was finished and left. Which, I personally felt was rude. Specifically, because, some of the couples that were at our table ate two bites off their plates, asked for a box, and took all the food home with them. Those same couples though, kept complaining about the wait or that they didn’t get a good seat.
Overall, I know that we will be going back to a Hibachi Grill. The service was friendly, the server, host and chef were sure to make sure that your needs were met. Throughout the whole performance, the server was walking around, making sure glasses stayed full. The host when walking in, acknowledged immediately. Don’t listen to the reviews on Google, they are very misleading. Someone posted saying, “They seat you with people you don’t know and then add gratuity to your check”. Let me just say, that it is very clear on the menu that if it is more than five people, they add 18% to ensure that the chef and serve do get tipped. It’s not uncommon for Japanese styled restaurants to do so. Also, most hibachi’s seat you with people you don’t know. They aren’t going to just serve two or five people. They want the seats to be full.
Chicken Hibachi Dinner (or lunch): $15.95
New York Strip Steak Hibachi Dinner: $19.95
Add Hibachi Fried Rice or Noodle: $2.50
What does the Hibachi come with? “All Dinner served with Our Clear Soup, House Salad, Shrimp Appetizer. Steamed Rice and Our Finest Hibachi Vegetables” – Fuji Menu.
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