I landed at MSP airport this evening and had a craving for Sushi... I remembered reading some good reviews here and elsewhere on the web for Fuji-Ya, so I decided to head over there.
I arrived at about 5:45 to find the entire front room filled with people in suits wearing name badges and listening to some sort of presentation. There were several people outside wondering if the place was closed for a private party. No one was willing to walk in to find out, so i did. They were open, but the sushi bar area was closed for this large group. Too bad, but I decided to sit in the dining room. i started off with a glass of chilled sake. the waiter poured it from a large bottle and continued to pour until the glass had overflowed and filled the small dish that was under the glass.
As I looked over the menu I ordered some Edamame and was brought a very large bowl full. they were warm, well salted and fresh. Next I ordered some sashimi. I really enjoy Hamachi so I ordered that (three peices per order) and the waiter recommended white Toro, so I tried that. The sashimi pieces were very generous slices that were tongue-sized and almost 1/2 inch thick! both fish were very fresh, tasty and tender. After that the waiter suggested that I try Kanpachi (baby yellowtail), which was new to me. It was wonderful with a mild flavor and a creamy texture. Since I hadn't eaten anything since a cereal bar at about 5:30 this morning I also ordered a Winter Roll which has Tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and avocado covered in a tempura batter. Wonderful! I finished off the evening with a Dynamite roll that was spicy but not too spicy.
Overall, I was impressed with Fuji-Ya. I wish I had been able to sit at the bar, but the waiter did a good job in describing the menu items and making recommendations based on what I told him I liked. The atmosphere is nice, if not a bit noisy, and prices are on the high-side, but not as bad as some of the places in downtown Chicago.
I'm here for another night, and wouldn't mind more Sushi! Where else should I try? Since I overspent my budget at Fuji-Ya tonight, I wouldn't mind finding a place that has good quality with lower prices... I'm staying at the Marriott off of 169 an Bren road. Any decent sushi bars in this area that you folks would recommend?