I’m not the biggest sushi fan on the planet. I’ll get a hankerin’ every now-and-then – perhaps once a year? Maybe a tad more frequently than that. And there are plenty of sushi options in the Central Florida area to choose from when it comes to this niche of food. In fact, I live directly across the street from a sushi restaurant and I think I’ve only visited once in over 10 years. Anyway….
One of said hankerin’s hit me this past weekend, and so I decided to give a try to Fuji Sushi located in Winter Park, on Lee Road just near the Winter Park Village. I’d been years and years ago but am quite certain I didn’t order sushi at the time, so a revisit was definitely warranted.
You’ve likely driven past Fuji Sushi many times and never even noticed it, as it’s just small enough to be charming and easy to find when looking but at the same time completely unnoticeable if you’re not. Once inside, you’ll find two fairly tiny, separated dining areas along with a sushi bar accompanied by a charming atmosphere. It most definitely has a “neighborhood” personality to it, as opposed to some of the more upscale sushi places you might find around town.
The table starts with complimentary sprouts flavored with some soy-ish sauce with traces of peanut flavoring. I enjoyed mine quite much, and it gave me something to do while reviewing the very, very extensive menu (above). Until my dinner companion and I landed on some final dishes we placed an order for edamame and steamed pork gyoza and drink to chase them down with.
After enjoying these starters (which were fine but nothing outstanding by any means) we moved on to our main dishes, which were two of the more popular on the very, very, very extensive menu. They’re not terribly colorful or photogenic but were tasty nonetheless.
The rolls we chose and featured directly above:
- Mexican Roll: Tempura shrimp, jalapeno pepper, avocado, scallion, parsley and salsa. I really enjoyed this one the most of the two as the salsa added a surprising and interesting element to what could have been an average and mundane roll. I mean, like I mentioned early on I don’t really take part in sushi too often so is this one a common occurrence on sushi menus?
- Salmon Ecstasy Roll: Salmon w/ special wasabi mayo sauce, tempura battered & seaweed outside. Salmon is really the only fish I truly enjoy eating overall so this seemed like a natural choice for me to select. Like with the starters this dish was nothing terribly outstanding but was fine just the same.
All-in-all the food was decent but I can say with fair certainty I probably won’t be coming back to Fuji Sushi if my “sushi hankerin'” hits again anytime soon. I’ve heard of a few excellent places in Central Florida I still need to give a try….
1449 Lee Road
Winter Park, FL 32789
Have you ever stopped in to Fuji Sushi for either sushi or Japanese-flavored dining? Would love to hear your thoughts about your experience.