8411 Briar Creek Parkway
Raleigh, NC 27617
Top Shelf Martini
Miso Soup & Salad with Ginger Dressing
Onion Volcano Fire Show
Cooking Mushrooms, Onions, Shrimp, Zucchini & Noodles
This is a review of a Japanese steakhouse called Fujisan located in the Briar Creek Commons Shopping Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. To get there use the Lumley Road exit on 540. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and Sunday from Noon to 3 pm. They are not open for lunch on Saturdays. They are open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday they are open an additional hour. Saturday they are open from 3 pm to 10:30 pm and Sunday from 3 pm to 9 pm. Their sanitation score is currently 95.5 which is very good. We visited last Saturday at 3 pm and we were their first customers. We were immediately welcomed by a friendly hostess and seated at a table.
Our drink orders were taken right away. Shortly after additional people arrived and our table was full with eight people. I ordered a Mai Tai and Hubby ordered a Martini. We both really enjoyed our drinks, they were both very tasty. Ten minutes later we were served our Miso soup and three minutes later our salads. Dinner comes with both soup and salad. Their Miso soup was scrumptious and served hot. The salad & ginger dressing were also tasty. About five minutes later the chef arrived and started cooking. He cooked the rice and did a show with the egg and served it. He then started cooking the onions, zucchini and mushrooms. A few minutes later he started a fire show layering onion into the shape of a volcano and lighting it on fire, see photo above. While he wasn't the most entertaining chef there, he cooked all of the food perfectly. We were served the mushrooms, onions and zucchini first, followed by two shrimp and then the noodles. They were all delicious and filling. He then cooked the chicken, shrimp and steak. I ordered chicken and steak medium rare and Hubby ordered steak rare and shrimp. Both of our steaks were cooked as requested and they were very tender and yummy. They were trimmed nicely so there wasn't any remaining fat yet after cooking as to flavor the steaks. I've had chefs at other restaurants that trim them prior to cooking and they don't taste as good since they aren't cooked in the fat. My only complaint was the shrimp was very salty. If you are on a low salt diet you might want to ask for less salt. As you can see above the steak portion is generous considering I also ordered chicken. I think I will just order the steak next time since it was so delicious. We both ordered the "Choice of Two" Entree and it costs $19.95. Hubby's Martini cost $7.50 and my Mai Tai was $6.95. All entrees include soup, salad, shrimp appetizer, fried rice, noodles and hibachi vegetables. If you are especially hungry you may manage to eat all of your food, otherwise you'll want to take your leftovers home. You could easily have a lunch portion leftover. Several people were celebrating their birthday while we were there. The staff comes out and sings and they offer a small heart shaped red ballon and cheesecake for dessert. It was a very enjoyable dining experience.
We have been to this restaurant many times over the years and we look forward to our next visit. I highly recommend this restaurant. If you haven't given it a try, be sure to put it at the top of your list of restaurants to visit. What's your favorite Japanese restaurant in the Triangle?
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