I'm sad to report that Fujiya -- the Japanese restaurant in Embarcadero One -- will be closing for good next Friday, 11/15.
Finding myself in the financial district for lunch over the last few months, I had come to really enjoy some good treatment at Fujiya. While their sushi, shabu shabu, and cooked dishes probably wouldn't make my top-5-in-SF list, the staff was always friendly and welcoming. Many times I would go over and order a hamachi kama (yellowtail collar, cooked, $7) with rice, and the guy behind the sushi bar would give me some of what his mother made for him that day, including pickles and barley tea.
Owned by the Fujiya bakery/restaurant chain in Japan (which also features a smiling Peko-chan as its mascot), Fujiya is a relic of the days when big Japanese companies were able to afford outposts in places like San Francisco just for the heck of it. It has been in the same spot for 30 years.
So, not your last chance to enjoy good sushi in San Francisco, but one more week to hang out at the sushi bar with Ben, who was there from the beginning.