Five star sushi surprises House Doctor
By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent
Editors Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.
I was working on a job in Jonesville, just West of the Town of Tioga, extracting a floor safe. Remember Al Capone's vault? Well, I believe the guy who put this safe in the floor had to have built Al's vault. So far, it's Safe 2, Farmer Bubba 0. While working on the safe, my friend and home improvement customer Susan, asked me if I had ever eaten at the Fuji Sushi restaurant in Jonesville.
I believe my response was no and yes. No I haven't, and yes to a good lunch trip.
For a brief time, the safe extraction became a distant memory. SUSHI was now on my mind. Fuji Sushi is a Sushi lunch stop I haven't visited.
Susan said it was her favorite lunch in Jonesville. That's a big plus right there I thought to myself. After checking in with GLOB Corporate Headquarters, and the GLOB Master specifically, I was given the throttle-up for another sushi review. I love my job as GLOB Correspondent!
Upon entering Fuji Sushi at close to noon, the place was busy but not crowded. The piped in music selected by the Fuji Sushi management was light, and the atmosphere was pure, authentic Asian. I noticed the restaurant had a calming effect on me.
Heck, with my mind on sushi, a polka band could have been playing "Play that a Funky Music White Boy" and I would have thought it was an Asian version of this 70s favorite.
Susan quickly straightened me out on the music and we were motioned to a booth for our lunch.
We sat down to a really neat table with Chinese writing on it. Also on the table were two bottles of soy, napkins and chop sticks. No forks and spoons. You can't get any more authentic than that.
Later, Wade, our server told us, "No chop sticks, no eat." Being a seasoned Asian food guy, the chop sticks mandate was OK with me.
Wade brought us menus and asked if we preferred sushi or sashimi. Before we could get the answers out of our mouths, he said he knew what we would like.
Wow! This guy is good.
Before the food arrived, I again noticed how I felt comfortable in this Asian dining room. I didn't feel rushed. This was going to be a lunch to enjoy at the baseline level of one bite, one flavor at a time.
Our first selection was a Japanese Green Seaweed Salad, which was served in martini glasses. The flavor of the seaweed was unreal. It had a unique fresh, crisp, green vegetable taste. This was an excellent starter for our lunch.
I have to say this. The presentation of the lunch was timed perfectly. The entrees didn't arrive one on top of the other. I actually had time to enjoy each item before the next was delivered.
Next was the Dynamite Roll. The menu describes this as an egg roll deep fried, but believe me, I didn't see any grease on the plate. This egg roll appetizer had a spectacular crunch, which added greatly to the taste of the ingredients. The Dynamite Roll included fresh salmon, cream cheese, processed crab meat called krab topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. The key ingredient in all the rolls was a very good spicy mayo/ Also, each roll had it's own type of fish and it's own disrinct flavor.
The Dynamite Roll was followed by more appetizers: the Crunchy Shrimp Roll, Mount Fuji Roll, and the Kamikaze Salmon Roll. These are the Chef's Signature Rolls.
Aside from being done in a beautiful way with sauces artistically "painted" on the plates, each roll had a unique taste and the spices were delicately applied, never overwhelming. For fried appetizers, I would have never known they were fried, had it not been for the crunch.
What I've learned about Asian food is, you should be able to taste each ingredient that you're eating. Asian food isn't supposed to be overcooked or soaked in oil. In between the rolls, a plate of edamame arrived. This is lightly salted, broiled soybeans in the pod. The taste of the bean itself was perfect with just a slight flavor of salt.
Throughout our meal all the elements of our lunch complemented each other, exactly the way Asian food should be presented and enjoyed.
Much kudos and applause is necessary to complement and thank Wade for making our Fuji Sushi visit a memorable lunch stop that will have us returning for seconds. When I had a question, Wade took the time to answer it fully. From our arrival to departure, I was made to feel very much at home.
Plus I also learned something about wooden chop sticks. I never looked at the wooden chop sticks that close. They're all white. All of them. Bamboo isn't white. I found out, they're bleached! Yikes! I've been eating with bleeached bamboo.
Often it's not just about the food, it's the overall experience of a good lunch that moves a restaurant into the five star category. That's what you will find at Fuji Sushi in Jonesville.
Thanks to Susan for taking me from unearthing her Al Capone-like, great grandmother's safe to some excellent Asian cuisine deep in the heart of Jonesville.
The Pluses and Minuses of Fuji Sushi:
Fuji Sushi (+) indicators: Very authentic sushi lunch!
Fuji Sushi (-) indicators: no negatives noted.
Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about the Fuji Sushi. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!
- Phone Number: 332-9888
- Address: 14218 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: West Gainesville
- Latitude: 29.6595679
- Longitude: -82.4135397
Susan Saturday, 25 February 2012 12:31 Comment Link
Excellent food! Well worth the drive if not close by. Service is great. Presentation a plus!
Keith Monday, 22 August 2011 10:11 Comment Link
A little out of the way, but the best sushi in town. The owner is friendly and always around. The food is fresh and alway prepared beautifully.