Finally Fuji

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood in Grand Forks opened today in the previously vacant Leever’s building on Washington St.

Onion Tornado at Kobe's

The restaurant features Teppanyaki style cooking, where customers sit around a huge iron grill and the chef prepares the meal in front of them, adding flares like knife juggling, onion tornadoes and other stuff. It’s dinner and a show.

Fuji is from the owners of Kobe’s in Fargo and Bismarck. If you remember my Winnipeg post, it’s the same as Ichiban.

The restaurant also has a sushi bar. So add it to the growing list of places to get sushi like Little Bangkok and Kon Nechi Wa’s. Just a few years ago, you couldn’t get it anywhere.

There’s seating for about 200 and the place is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

12 thoughts on “Finally Fuji

  1. We went to Fuji tonight, along with half of Grand Forks. This was our second visit. On the first, I asked the manager, John, to not have the hibachi chefs try to squirt sake into people’s mouths the way so many places do these days, such as at their sister restaurant Kobe in Fargo. He assured me that they would not be doing that, as Fuji was to be “a classier establishment” (his words). Well, there we were tonight, watching chef after chef spray watered down sake and flinging food into mouth after mouth at table after table like it was some all night frat party. In fact, I had to tell our chef “No” about 5 times. Way to keep it classy, Fuji. Way to keep it classy.

  2. Went to Fuji’s this evening with my girlfriend for Valentines Day. As busy as they were and even without reservations (recommended) we were seated at a hibachi grill quite quickly. The show was very entertaining and couldn’t get any classier! Yes there was the typical showmanship of getting shot in the mouth with sake, juggling spatulas and flipping food into the patrons mouths, but without that, Fuji’s would be just another dull restaurant with really good food.
    Now as for the food…… dinner started with the Dragonback sushi…. a combination of spicy tuna and eel which was very good (best sushi I have had in years and in my opionion the only good sushi locally). The soup had an initial taste that was enjoyable however it seemed that with each new bite it tasted more and more watery.
    For an entree I ordered the steak (rare) and shrimp which was cooked to perfection.
    The steak was very flavorful and tender. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. To complete the entree we were served fried rice and stir-fried vegetables along with a couple of Japanese sauces. Though portioning wasn’t consistent from one patron to another around our grill it was still very filling and generous.
    Overall the experience we had at Fuji’s tonight was enjoyable and memorable. We look forward to our next trip there.

  3. You’re right, my bad. Throwing food and squirting drinks at customers is the epitome of class. Well, maybe for Grand Forks it is.

  4. After reading some of these comments, it is NO wonder why the people of North Dakota are thought to be UNCULTURED! If you do not want the show go to the Boot or Micky D’s where you better understand the service! Eating at Fuji is an experience NOT just another meal in a plain restaurant! These critical attitudes about cultures you either can’t understand or do not appreciate is why Grand Forks has nothing unique to offer! It is sad enough that we do not have anything opening up in this town besides restaurants. At least this one provides a little something different. The others offer FAKE Italian or FAKE Mexican food! It is refreshing to say the least, to experience something different.

  5. “After reading some of these comments, it is NO wonder why the people of North Dakota are thought to be UNCULTURED! If you do not want the show go to the Boot or Micky D’s where you better understand the service!”

    That’s culture? Strange, I don’t recall anybody squirting drink or throwing food at me at The Inn at Little Washington, Aquavit, Tony’s, or at any of the other of the greatest restaurants in the US where I’ve eaten. Granted, Aquavit was a long time ago when I lived in Manhattan, so you’re right, they probably did it there, too. My bad.

    I don’t recall them doing it in France, Italy, or any of the other countries with refined food that I’ve visited, either, but you’re right, they probably did.

    The fact that this frat house trick is what some people consider culture is the sad thing. CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!

    “These critical attitudes about cultures you either can’t understand or do not appreciate is why Grand Forks has nothing unique to offer!”

    I doubt that they squirt sake and throw food at customers in Japan. This is a US-driven phenomenon. No, the primary reason why Grand Forks is slow to get new things is because the weather is horrible and there is no major waterway, which makes the population is low. That is not very difficult to understand.

    p.s. Read my first comment. The owner even told me himself that this was not classy. I’m just a customer and part-time restaurant critic. If you really and truly think that is is classy and cultured, I invite you to posit the question to the manager. His name is John.

  6. Coffee guy im confused as to why you would go to a teppanyaki style restaurant knowing that sake squirting and shrimp throwing is their gimmick and get upset when that is what they do. Also in your world travels you would think that you would know it is a teppanyaki style dining restaurant not hibachi grill. Hibachi is a small charcoal heated personal grill.

    • I’ve been going there since the first night. It was pretty clear to me from Manager John that the actions described above were not to be their gimmick. In fact, he was pretty down on any sort of gimmick. He wanted the food to speak for itself.

      p.s. A traditional hibachi is a heater, not a grill. The term has been Americanized to include a flattop cooking surface. I used the term for ease of understanding by my readers. If you are so accepting at the other Americanizations, such as the sake squirting and shrimp throwing, you should be able to accept this bit of semantic license.

  7. if you do not appreciate what they doing at teppanyaki grill, why not go try the regular dining table where you get the same service as any of other restaruants in town,, ..

    • I do. Of course, the yelling and screaming from the grills and the bar have pretty much ruined any sort of nice dining experience they could have had. We’ve decided the food is very good (for GF), but the atmosphere is just not good enough to make it a “special dinner” place.

  8. I have to agree with Coffee Guy. I can accept the “Sake Squirt” but once you make it clear you are not interested, they should not keep pointing the bottle at your face. He nearly squirted me in the eye as I was trying to wave him off that I was definitely NOT INTERESTED.

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