526 Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
Although I moved out of Coquitlam, I still frequent the restaurants there often. R is a frequent diner of Fuji Sushi, but surprisingly I have never been. The reason R like this place is mainly because he think it's authentic, as it is run by Japanese people. However since neither of us are Japanese, I can't vouch for its authenticity, but it sure is good.I ordered a noodle soup and R ordered a rice bowl. It appears the rice bowl comes with bowl of miso soup. My noodle came with the Shichimi seasoning, which is also known as the 'seven flavor chili pepper'. I love the taste of this seasoning, as it added a bit of heat and flavor to the soup.Our first appetizer to share was the Yudofu ($4?). It was described as tofu hot pot with ponzu sauce. So much for the hot pot, as it was literally tofu in a 'hot' pot. The soup is devoid of taste, it was really just water. Therefore the tofu is completely bland, there weren't even any salt in it. The dipping sauce is the ponzu soy sauce, which I dislike. I just don't like the combination of citrus with soy flavor. Since both R and I love steam egg, we went for the Chawanmushi ($3.75?) as our 2nd appetizer. The egg was SO tender, the minute you put in your mouth, it melt into a liquid. Among the prefect steamed egg were also a few slices of vegetables(carrot/snow pea), a piece of chicken and a piece fish cake. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves egg, or just had teeth surgery, it really is the prefect food and it's delicious.
R's Chirashi bowl ($13.50) came first, consisting of tako, squid, salmon, tuna, shrimp roe, salmon roe, shrimp and egg. R mentioned the freshness of the seafood can vary at times. Like this particular bowl was good, but not fresh enough. Also R mentioned the price for this bowl is consider on the high end for this type of restaurant, because you can get the same thing for about $11 at other places. Therefore when it's fresh, it is worth the extra dollars.
I loved my Nabeyaki udon ($8.50). The soup was great, you can taste the rich flavor from this chicken stock. The udon was good as well, it was soft, but not over cooked. The only complaint I would have against this dish is that the shrimp tempura came in the soup. I wish they could put it on the side like other restaurants. Since it was semi-soaked, therefore it was a bit soggy when I ate it.
Fuji Sushi is a great local restaurant for some good Japanese food. Their service was also good, they were friendly and filled out tea constantly. Although the price is slightly higher than other places, I would still recommend this place. However if you live way out from this area, then I don't know if it's the drive, as there are tons of good Japanese restaurant in Vancouver, with Toshi being my favorite.