Fujiyama Restaurant is about two miles from our house; even if it weren’t so conveniently located for us, though, I think we’d probably frequent this Japanese establishment more than the others in town.
Being the creatures of habit we are, Aaron and I tend to find something that works for us and stick with it. That said, although we stick with makizushi these days, we’ve tried several of the entrees at Fujiyama in the past, and haven’t been disappointed with any of them. The shrimp tempura is huge, and could easily be shared by two people. The nabeyaki udon is also very large and very delicious.
Ordering from the sushi menu wasn’t always up our alley, either; we used to prefer to pick the pre-selected sushi dinners, so we wouldn’t have to choose from so much delicious sushi that we weren’t really familiar with. The U.S. Collection was one of my favorites (Alaskan, Boston, California, and Philadelphia Maki). The sushi entrees also come with miso soup and salad (with the standard ginger dressing), so they’re a great deal for a lot of food.
Lately, though, we order our sushi a la carte, from the sushi menu. We always start with a shiitake mushroom roll (one of the best in town) and usually a Philadelphia roll (possibly THE best in town). Beyond that, there are a wide variety of rolls to choose from, ranging from inexpensive vegetarian rolls all the way up to the Love Hotel (delicious, but expensive – see photo, left).
Most of the rolls at Fujiyama are inside-out rolls, with the rice on the outside and the veggies and protein on the inside. This leaves the outside available for the sesame seeds that we so enjoy, and that make Fujiyama’s rolls just a little different from the others. Also worth noting is the size of the less expensive rolls; they all seem fairly large, unlike some other places in town that skimp on their cheaper vegetarian rolls.
(Top to bottom: shiitake mushroom, veggie futo, and Philly rolls)
Between the two of us, we generally order five rolls — four reasonably priced and one more expensive — plus an appetizer and tea. This usually runs us around $40, which seems to be on the less expensive side of sushi in Toledo.
Of the half-dozen sushi establishments we’ve visited in Toledo, Fujiyama remains our favorite. Their rolls are decently sized and reasonably priced, the presentation and plating is classy and unique, the service is always pleasant and prompt, and their location is ideal for us (and for University of Toledo students).
Fujiyama is highly recommended by Diana! If you’re ever in Toledo, and you like Japanese food, definitely give it a try.