Thursday, June 16, 2011
Fuji Japanese Restaurant
So I was ready for lunch by the time I got back to the Pasadena area. As luck would have it, my mom called me and said my brother was stopping over by my parents' house, and she asked if I would like to go to lunch with them. I said of course.
My brother and I went through our usual routine when trying to decide where to eat, he listing as many obscure places - most of them Thai - as he could think of. I wanted barbecue. But I agreed to get Asian food as long as we could try someplace I'd never been before (so I could have a new place to write about). We settled on Fuji Japanese Restaurant, a place neither of us had ever heard of.
It's on Colorado Blvd, not far from Target, in a strip mall I have driven by perhaps thousands of times in my life without ever bothering to pay attention to the shops. (Fuji's chopsticks wrappers say they have been open since 1985.) There was only one other table occupied in the place, but it smelled great inside.
The reason I told you that is so you will take these next words with a grain of salt: the chicken teriyaki was absolutely horrible. The chicken was fatty and rubbery and the sauce was a disgusting blend of sweet and salty. I dunked it in the gyoza sauce, hoping to wash away some of the nasty flavors, but it didn't really work. I tried valiantly to eat it all, but I just couldn't.
My mom had decided to stay at home and have us bring food back for her. I got her the gyoza/tempura as well, but with beef teriyaki. And she said the same things about the beef version that I did about the chicken, that it was pretty bad. (My camera battery died at the restaurant so I whipped out my backup point-and-shoot - and yes I realize how dorky that makes me sound that I have a backup camera - and took photos of her food back at the house. But I can't find that camera this morning, so I can't include those pics. Sorry.)
I think that was how we both felt about the place overall: fine, but nothing special. While I certainly would not mind returning to Fuji, I don't know as if I ever will. As I have written many times, there are just too many places in the San Gabriel Valley to explore for me to return to a place that I thought was merely average.
Posted by JustinM at 10:54 AM