'Stallis gets sushi with Fujiyama, mamma!
Sushi lovers of 'Stallis, your time has come. Greenfield has had its turn twice, and now, Milwaukee's West Side welcomes Fujiyama, the first sushi and hibachi restaurant to open in West Allis.
Located in the South Town Plaza (2916 S. 108th St.) along the heavily-trafficked Hwy 100, the brand new restaurant has tapped into a fresh market. Some might view being positioned in a strip mall between an auto parts store and a Cost Cutters as unfortunate. General Manager Waiman Dai, however, has a different opinion.
"We are really happy with the location," he says. Owner Billy Ni, who had been living in New Jersey at the time, saw the area's potential after several visits to his cousin's restaurant in Pewaukee. He moved to Wisconsin and began scouting for a space.
"We looked at several places all over the city, and this one seemed like the best fit for what we wanted to do," says Dai.
A visit suggests the same. Once inside, you realize that the restaurant's location is irrelevant. At a spacious 4,000 sq. feet, it allows for distinct separation of the different areas while still maintaining the sense that they are connected as a whole.
"Personally, I feel like most Japanese restaurants make you feel rushed or cramped," says Dai, who has opened four other Japanese restaurants in other states. "We wanted to do something a little more relaxed and comfortable. That's why the spaciousness of this spot really appealed to us."
The restaurant is divided up into two areas: the sushi bar and the hibachi area, though you are welcome to enjoy any type of meal in either section.
"The family or group-oriented hibachi area is great for parties," says Dai. If you bring your group in for a birthday party, they offer the birthday girl or boy an $18 gift certificate good for their next visit.
Sitting at the sushi bar allows for an added bonus: One-on-one interaction with head sushi chef Jeff Lin. "Jeff can make you anything you like, whether it's on the menu or not," says Dai. "Just tell him what you like, and he'll create something special."
Lin has had sushi training in Japan as well with the head chef at Nobu, one of New York's hottest Japanese restaurants (which is co-owned by Robert De Niro). Fujiyama asks that if you do want to place a special order, please sit at the sushi bar.
The large menu selection includes all traditional Japanese meals, including maki rolls, both raw and cooked; full hibachi dinners; sushi, both a la carte and entrée; teriyaki dinners and tempura dinners. There's also a nice variety of salads, soups, appetizers and kids meals and vegetarian options.
The official open date for Fujiyama was Friday, May 6. A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for Wednesday, May 18 from 12 until 2 p.m.
sakitumi is mediocore but has very good prices
Scott said: This is hands-down the best sushi restaurant in Milwaukee, period. They do an excellent job with mixing temperatures, textures and flavors with their rolls and nigiri. Dollar sushi night on Monday makes it so anyone can try this place out and enjoy what it has to offer. And it's not just the sushi. The rest of the menu is well prepared and presented as well. Go. Enjoy. Repeat.
jovan said: I have been to Fujiyama twice now, and both times it has been fantastic!! Rarely do I leave a sushi place full, but both times this was the case. My folks live in the burbs, and it's a pain to get them downtown, so Fujiyama fulfills my sushi needs. Sit at the sushi bar, the Chefs are funny and talented, and their specials are really yummy. Also, not for nothin', the place is right behind Krispy Kreme, so if you are still hungry for dessert, well, you know...
suzanne said: The tempura was better than both Hama's and Sake-tumi's, and was quite a bit less expensive for dinner. The bbq eel was fantastic and the teriyaki was also wonderful. The maki was colorful, creative and very tasty. I still prefer sake-tumi for regular sushi & sashimi, primarily because of the sauces. Overall, though, Fujiyama's has now ecliped Hama's in the race for my family's favorite Japanese restaurant.
Julia said: We recently went to Fujiyama and it was wonderful! Try the grilled calamari for a twist. Sushi was fresh and delicious. The dessert of fried bananas and ice cream is a MUST!
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