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Emeryville – Fabulous Furuzu – Asian/Japanese tapas

rworange | Aug 3, 200503:34 AM

This Asian / Japanese-influenced tiny restaurant opened a few weeks ago.

It is currently CASH ONLY. Dishes are available for take out. There are some noodle soups.

Tonight I tried:

Harden the soft shell crab ($6)
Shrimp in a nest ($8)
Duck flatbread with mango salsa ($8)
Ginger milk custard ($5)
Non alcoholic sangria ($5)

For five dollars there was a entire pitcher of pomegranate colored sangria, made with tonic water and non-alcoholic wine chock full of sliced strawberries and cubes of fresh pineapple. The tonic water gave it a pleasant bitter edge. It was very different, refreshing and I enjoyed it very much.

The crab was the least expensive soft-shell that tried this season and one of the best. Served on a pretty red triangular dish it has a crunchy coating and is flecked with pepper giving the juicy crab an added zing.

Shrimp in a next were six shrimp with a thin crunchy noodle topping. The restaurant is giving out a flyer that says “Bring in this flyer and you’ll be asked “What’s in the nest?”. Our chef will complement one of the dishes if you get the right answer. (Answer is on the Menu)”.

Cynthia, the chef/owner was telling someone that the mangos were perfectly ripe and so I ordered the wafer-thin soft flatbread that was strewn with the diced sweet mango salsa and pieces of duck. I have finally become a fan of duck this past month and this is the second duck dish I have ever liked in my life.

Cynthia said the lovely ginger milk custard was typically Japanese. It is a warm thick milk, slightly sweetened, with the heat of fresh ginger in every bite. Served in a little crock-like dish, my guess this is Japanese comfort food. I highly recommend it if you like ginger.

There is an interesting beverage selection. There are about eight loose leaf teas. They have that lovely Jasmine tea that is wrapped around a clover flower and blossoms in your cup.

There is also a selection of soju and soju cocktails. Since I know little about soju, I hope some Chowhounds have an opinion on these (spelling very likely in error):

Shinakaba Gura Tokubetsu Jyumal
Kikusul No Karacuchi
Setsuset Subjijin Jyunumal Gbslyou

Whew. The cocktails are easier.

SOJUITO – Soju, lemonade, mint
LYCHEE SAKATINI – Lychee, saki
SORJURNO – Soju, lime juice, cranberry
SAKE RANGER – Sake, orange juice, ginger

The wines are interesting but the list is small – two whites, three reds and one sparkler (Roeder)

This is a lovely 30 seat restaurant with a Asian bistro flair. They seem to be going for hip. ultra cool yet still cozy. The website is being developed, but the link below has some pictures and address info. The wooden banquette has a copper back running along the wall. Windows open the restaurant up to Adeline Street. Currently there is some construction in the area so parking is a little tight.

The modern Asian music was border-line too loud, but I was the only person in the restaurant at opening time, so it might have amplified a bit. It wasn’t so loud that I felt the need to have it turned down though.

The brief menu which is planned to change monthly is listed at the end of this post. Take out is available.

While the service was very pleasant, I have to think the server was new at this occupation and is in the process of being trained. Plates were not cleared until the next course arrived. There wasn’t enough menu guidance. I was eating alone and when I ordered the Sangria I was surprised to see a pitcher brought to the table. At $5, I didn’t expect more than a glass. When I mentioned this, I was told that the menu listed it as a pitcher. It didn’t. I would use you own guidance and ask questions. The serving sizes are enough for a single person with a maximum of two sharing a plate. I’d ask about portion size as well.

The name of this restaurant means Friends in Japanese. It was named in honor of the many, many friends who encouraged Cynthia to open a restaurant and helped her in all phases of bringing the restaurant to life.

They are long time fans of Cynthia’s cooking and even more enthusiastic than I am about the dishes … and I am enthusiastic. I’m sure if Chowhound didn’t prohibit posts by anyone with an association to a restaurant or the staff, they would be gushing. However, I encourage them to talk to Cynthia. I will be interested in hearing from long time Chowhound posters who might decide to give Furuzu a try.

This Emeryville restaurant is up the road from Ikea near Arizmundi. It is a block up from San Pablo Avenue at 40th.

Restaurant Furuzu
3986 Adeline Street
Emeryville, Ca 94805

(510) 601-1882

Hours (as with any new restaurant, call to confirm)
Lunch: 11:30 – 2:30 (M-F)
Dinner: 5:30 – 10 (M – Sun)

Here’s the menu excluding the dishes listed above

Small Plate

Lourdes chips
Shrimp toast

Not so small plate

Honey ribs with Thai basil and curly mustard
Garlic sautéed seasonal greens
Green papaya salad with pan-roasted tiger prawns

Not yet large plate

Thai basil tenderloin salad
Oops, fish in the hot water
Sake marinated Australian leg of lamb brochette in Peking dry rub with coconut and ginger rice
Never enough wild mushrooms with oyster sauce
Noodles for the summer – Green tea and carrot noodles with Portabella mushroom and Japanese eggplant in a miso glaze
What’s in that clay pot – black mushroom, chicken with coconut and ginger rice
Duck soup – Japanese buckwheat noodles with roasted duck and organic baby red chard

Desserts – all $5 except the fondue

Baby and mommy mochi with red bean (not house made according to server)
Why not fry the ice cream? (server didn’t know the variety of ice cream. Didn’t ask)
Old fashion baked Tapioca
Chocolate fondue with fruit of the season for two ($12)


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