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Fuji at Kendall

mkfisher | | Feb 6, 2012 10:28 AM

I just wanted to throw out some thoughts from our first visit to Fuji at Kendall. We had dinner there on Friday night, and we'll definitely be returning. There was a solid crew there the whole time, with no more than 1 or 2 parties waiting to get seated at any time.

It's a somewhat awkward space, with two separate rooms. We sat in the main room with the bar and the host stand. The other room looks to be all dining tables. Neither my wife or I were in the mood for sushi, but the stuff we watched being prepared looked quite good. We started with the steamed shu mai stuffed with crab. They were really nice and light, and the crab flavor came through quite well. They were served with a yellow mustard, which I found kind of odd (especially because this wasn't listed on the menu). My wife ordered the quite boring chicken teriyaki, which ended up being shockingly good. It came with some pretty fantastic noodles and a nicely seared medium rare piece of steak. You also got a choice of two from their rice, salad and soup. I was craving something ramen-like, so I went with the soba noodles in a clear soy broth, served with a side of shrimp and vegetable tempura. I don't have much to say about it other than it was just ok. Probably wouldn't order it again, but at the same time I was happy enough when I left. They had some interesting flavors of house made ice cream on the menu for dessert that I would have tried if not for being lactose intolerant.

I didn't get a long look at their drink list, as we both went for the Sapporo they have on tap. I believe the only other tap beer was the Sam Adam Winter. It sounds like they'll be switching over to the Spring beer shortly.

I'm eager to see how they do in that increasingly competetive stretch of Third Street. There's now EVOO, Za, Kika, Abigail's and Fuji in that 2 block stretch.

300 3rd St, Cambridge, MA 02142

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