Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $25, you get $50 worth of sushi and drinks at Fuji Ya, with locations in Minneapolis and in St. Paul.
Fuji Ya's menu of sushi, tempura, noodles, hibachi, soups, and more provides a full range of authentic Japanese cuisine for internationally aligned palates. Start off with ginger-accented agedashi tofu niblets ($5.75) or the contradictory crunchy soft-shell crab accompanied by ponzu sauce ($9.50). With more than a dozen specialty rolls, such as the Dynamite––yellowtail with thai chili pepper, spicy chili bean sauce, lettuce, kaiware sprouts, and cucumber ($7.25)––dining becomes an action adventure for the face. More than 40 other sushi options keep rolled-rice enthusiasts knee-deep in the sea-sourced flavors, and savory entrees, such as the 14-ounce black Angus toban yaki ($23.95), provide landlocked stomachs with filling, flavorful fare. St. Paul diners can check out the more easterly menu, as prices vary slightly between locations.
Fuji Ya's sleek environs invite an upbeat atmosphere for a relaxed dining experience, complementing the chic setting with a massive drink menu and specialty drinks such as the Gold Sake––akadama plum wine and hot sake ($6.50). The St. Paul location provides excellent window seating for dancing-bear watching, and both locations offer private zashiki rooms and a sushi bar for getting to know the restaurant's sushi artists.
City Pages named Fuji Ya Best Japanese Restaurant 2010. Minneapolis-St. Paul magazineand the Star Tribune also recommend it. More than 40 Citysearchers give its Garfield Avenue location an average of four stars:
- Let's face it: We shouldn't have sushi in Minnesota. As a landlocked northern state best known for growing corn, we're at a serious disadvantage in the seafood department. For helping us forget this sad fact with sushi so fresh you'd think you were in Japan (or at least Hawaii), there's Fuji-Ya. – City Pages
- After living in the Twin Cities for several years, I've tried most of the sushi restaurants in the area, and always return to Fuji Ya. – daisy800, Citysearch
Described by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's editors as "as close to an authentic Japanese sushi bar as we come in the Twin Cities," Fuji Ya is a destination for sushi and sake served in a "hypnotic atmosphere." At each of its two locations, chefs diligently slice freshly flown-in yellowtail and surf clam, all of which populate the extensive menu. Sidle up to the sushi bar to watch the assemblage of maki rolls and sushi platters, or gather in private zashiki rooms to dine on hot entrees of sesame-crusted tuna and roasted duck with citrus soy glaze.