Fuji Sushi and Thai
Sorry, this restaurant is permanently closed.
I love Thai food. In general, I love Asian food. Chinese, Japanese, Indian, it’s all good. But I especially love the spiciness and complex flavors of Thai. So we went to check out Fuji Sushi and Thai, mostly because we found a great restaurant coupon at www.localdines.com. There are many restaurants in South Florida represented on this site that provides you with discounted certificates, usually 50% off. So for $13.50, we printed out a certificate for $30. Pretty good deal. In fact, if we hadn’t found this certificate, we probably would have saved this restaurant for a more celebratory occasion as prices range from $11-$25 per meal. But the menu is vast and includes sushi, salads and soup in addition to rice and noodles and curries.
The restaurant was almost totally empty the entire time we were there, which surprised me because it was a Saturday evening. There was one other guy at the bar and one at a booth across the dining room. Nobody else came in for as long as we were there. It was weird.
But the waitress was friendly, the manager or owner (I’m assuming) even came out to deliver a special spicy sauce and tell us he had made the dipping sauce himself. Nice. Things like that make an Asian restaurant seem more authentic. Of course, a menu ripe with misspellings and grammatical errors characteristic of a non-native English speaker helps, too.
The server took our orders and ended up bringing us twice the soup and salad, just for kicks. So we got to sample both the peanut sauce dressing and the ginger dressing. The peanut was by far my favorite, but I have a thing for peanuts.
The miso soup was not lacking in tofu, scallions or seaweed like at some other Asian restaurants I have frequented, but I’ve had better.
We also split a pair of crispy spring rolls, which were tasty with that homemade sauce, and the food was delicious. My husband had the “Drunkman” (Drunken) Fried Rice and I ordered the Cashew Nut Sauce over rice.
The Drunkman dish came out shaped in a lovely dome packed with shrimp, peas, carrots, onions, all the typical fried rice contents. It had the usual spicy characteristic of Thai food, but flavorful and my husband enjoyed it thoroughly.
The Cashew Nut Sauce was sweet and tangy and delicious. It came out as a full plate of tofu, red and green peppers, onions, scallions, carrots and of course plenty of cashews. The sauce it was in was rich and all of it mixed perfectly with the jasmine rice served on the side, also molded into a dome. There was quite a bit of food and we ended up taking half of it home to eat for lunch the following day.
We were celebrating my birthday, so my husband told the server and asked if they did anything special for birthdays. She offered to bring out some dessert and we opted for the fried bananas. The fruit was wrapped and fried in spring roll wrappers, topped with honey and served next to a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Like everything else, it was presented beautifully on the plate. It came out with a candle in the ice cream. It was pretty good. I would have preferred twice as much honey swirled on top, but it was palatably pleasing. The only problem was when we received our bill and noticed we had been charged for the dessert. Umm, we were under the impression it was going to be free. We got that impression when my husband said it was my birthday and she offered to bring out dessert. We didn’t argue about it, paid the bill, and left a tip.
Would we go back? Sure. Especially if we can get that coupon again (90 days from now – them’s the rules). The food was good, the server was friendly and the atmosphere was nice if not understated. www.localdines.com is a great way resource to try out new restaurants in the area, so hop on the computer, print out a certificate, and enjoy some tasty Thai food!