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Japanese find in Novi, MI

Jim M | Jan 20, 200803:51 PM

After a depressing day spent arguing with computer retail personnel (there's gotta be more to life than this), i stopped in at Fumi on Novi Rd. near 10 Mile, south of Grand River and I-96. I usually hit Cherry Blossom and Happy Sushi in that area, but I was really impressed by Fumi. There were many markers of authenticity, beginning with the clientele of lonely looking male Japanese engineers who seemed depressed about the cold weather, and continuing with the "menu" of hand-lettered Japanese signs scotch-taped to the wall, with little English translations written at the bottom. They had the usual sushi and katsu selections, but there were lots and lots of unfamiliar (to me) things on the menu. As an appetizer I had deep-fried natto, which is a fermented soybean cake. It's an acquired taste, and they seemed surprised I liked it. Actually I'm not crazy about it in rolls, but frying seemed to bring out the flavor. For an entree I had a big udon soup with egg, crab, shrimp tempura, chicken, and various greens--a meal in a bowl. The menu had oddities like deep-fried ham and cheese, and I saw a guy eating potato salad that was beautifully presented with sprigs of parsley standing up like trees along the shore of the potato-salad "island." They have several Japanese beers, and they give you free edamame as an appetizer--everybody else seems to charge. Prices were reasonable. I'll definitely try it again.

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