Fuji San Sushi
123 Great Mall Dr
Milpitas, CA 95035
By Beatrice Esteban, Courier Staff Writer
While doing our annual Christmas shopping at the Great Mall of Milpitas, my family and I were hungry and eager to grab a bite to eat. To our great relief we walked by the sign of Fuji San Sushi, connected to the Great Mall.
Upon stepping into the restaurant, we were quite surprised to find that it looked essentially deserted: there was nobody sitting at the tables eating and chatting, nor were there even any waiters on the phone taking orders. After a momentary wait, the sushi chef came out and kindly had us take a seat. A waiter then promptly came out to both give us menus and take our drink orders. When our drinks came, my mother was upset because her drink glass was dirty – a reasonable protest from a paying customer. However, the waiter was kind and immediately replaced it with a cleaner glass.
The menu at this restaurant offers nothing very spectacular. It has the usual Japanese fixings: tempura, teriyaki, sushi, etc. However the rolls are not unique in any kind of way, so I did not bother to order any. Instead I went for a simple order of the beef teriyaki (advertised as being “New York Steak”), while my dad ordered a bowl of udon.
Meanwhile, my mother and sister were hungry but did not order anything, so they took off to the sushi bar and plucked off three three-roll plates of California roll for us. I was not very pleased with what I ate. It may have just been a bad day, but the crab did not taste very pleasing, and the rice was hardened – not soft as it should be.
My soup and salad came promptly. There is not much to say about miso soup because it all generally tastes the same. The salad was also your typical salad – lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, dressing. When my beef teriyaki arrived, my plate was steaming hot so I waited a few minutes for it to cool down. The teriyaki was indeed the “New York Steak” advertised, but not in such a positive way. At most restaurants my beef teriyaki is very tender and easy to cut – even with a pair of chopsticks – but here my beef was tough like a cut of steak. The sauce was good but not too different from your typical Japanese restaurant.
The service is average. Our waiter was polite but did not come by to check up on us after we received our food. However he did promptly clear our table once we were finished with our food.
Prices are average at this restaurant as well. The beef teriyaki was around $12 and I was able to finish the order with no problems. However I am a light eater so this may prove to be unsatisfying to those with bigger appetites.
If you are looking for a unique Japanese restaurant with interesting rolls, Fuji San Sushi is not the place to go. However, if you are craving Japanese food while walking around the mall and are willing to settle with an average restaurant, you’ll probably fulfill this craving at Fuji San.