Life is filled with many little joys, like coming across a 70%-off sale at the shoe store, running into the boy that used to tease you in primary school and finding out that he still lives in his parent’s basement, or sharing an ice-cream with your poodle at the beach on hot day. Ice-cream isn’t the only thing you can share, as you’ll find out at Fuji Yumi with a dinner for two, including Sushi & Tempura platters, Miso Soup, Agedashi Tofu, Chicken Yakitori and Fruit Salad for R150.
While being able to decide what to eat after getting to the restaurant might give people some sort of sense of freedom, having a set menu has its own benefits. Most importantly, it saves you from those awkward fifteen minutes of sitting and staring blankly at the menu, overwhelmed by the abundance of tasty choices and the confusing words like “Agedashi” and “Yakitori”.
Nestled right in the heart of the CBD, Fuji Yumi is a modern take on traditional Japanese dining - almost like if Japanese cuisine was a ninja and the owners of Fuji Yumi decided to dress it in a spacesuit. To go along with the offbeat vibe, the venue is very spacious, so if you’re taking the significant other out for a romantic dinner, you’re bound to find a corner or two to canoodle in.
Contrary to popular belief, the practice of dipping things in batter and deep frying them is not indigenous to America and corndogs – they’ve been doing it in Japan since the 16th century and they call it Tempura. Fuji Yumi’s Tempura platter contains prawn, local fish, calamari and assorted vegetables, deep-fried to a crispy perfection of deliciousness and the sushi platter – including four pieces each of Salmon/Tuna Rainbow rolls and Salmon Fashion Sandwiches, eight pieces of Tuna California Rolls and two pieces each of Salmon and Tuna Nigiri – is a tribute to the way sushi is supposed to be made.
For those still wondering the mean of “Agedashi” – it’s a method of serving tofu (deep-fried) and “Yakitori” – it translates to grilled fowl and is basically a Japanese kebab.
Sushi Fact: A case of miscommunication resulted in some red faces in Australia when a group of Burmese tourists grossly insulted owners of a local restaurant while trying to order their food. Apparently, the Kamarupan word for sushi “anpilkredul” translates to something unprintable in the Aboriginal dialect of Bandjalang.