Sushi in South Lincoln

November 18, 2009 at 3:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Cedric has posted his thoughts on Lincoln’s newest sushi joint, Fuji Sushi & Grill on 14th and Pine Lake. A quick take:

Fuji Sushi & Grill is a small, unexpected ‘hole in the wall’ in a strip of other small unexpected hole in the wall eateries at 14th and Pine Lake in South Lincoln. ...

I look forward to sitting down and actually trying their entrée’s at a later time, and their sushi as well. I was thanked upon my leaving, and told to come again. Once they work out their minor logistical/stocking concerns (it WAS opening day, after all) I think they will be a hit with the foot/lunch traffic from the school and the lunch crowd from the surrounding area.

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Sushi Lover November 18, 2009 at 10:33pm

Glad to read that it is finally open.  They hadn

alathea November 19, 2009 at 3:43pm

The proprietor there studied in Japan for some years before coming here to open his own place. Ive only been in “Wasabi” once and it was to pick up some yakisoba noodles so I don’t know about his sushi. I would have thought it THE place to go, though, based on the owner/head chef.

I spent some time in Japan in college in the 90’s and got to eat at some neat places-bento lunch counters, and sushi. FujiSushi and Grill won’t bowl you over with atmosphere or authenticity, but their fish was good and they are enthusiastic and hopefully open to suggestion. It looks to be a chain of sorts, based on my googl-fu, but I know nothing about the local owners.

Cedric

jake rhymes with cake November 19, 2009 at 10:16pm

FIRST, i couldn’t help notice that someone would say that the only place in Nebraska to get “sushi” right is BLUE & BABY BLUE in Omaha ??? Why is “sushi” in quotes, i don’t know what you’re saying there… but BLUE & BABY BLUE is NOT authentic at all; they serve mostly maki (rolls) and HARDLY any of the maki they serve is even close to what you’d find in Japan—they’re all fusion. The freshness of their sashimi & nigiri (sliced fish) is often questionable. Don’t get me wrong, the maki they offer is good, and the yuppy crowd is awesome if you’re looking for a place to be “seen.”

If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese sushi/sashimi/nigiri/temaki experience just as you’d find in Shibuya, Toyko or Arakawa or other parts of Japan, then Sakura-bana in Omaha would be my #1 pick for Nebraska’s offerings. #2 would go to Yakiniku Sushi-Japan (Omaha), and #3 would be Matsu Sushi (Omaha).

I’m sorry to say that there’s nothing in Lincoln on the level of those three places.

For an overall package of service, quality of food, quantity of food, price, and authenticity—SAKURA-BANA is SUPERIOR to all the rest.

I will give FUJI a few weeks before I go there to review them. I am not expecting much. I wish I knew who the owners were and if they have any previous experience with sushi in Lincoln or Omaha. I had high hopes for TOKYO but my one and only visit there left such lasting impressions that I will NEVER go back. LOL!

alathea November 19, 2009 at 10:37pm

I only wish they had rice so I could have tried their offerings. I’m going there again tomorrow.

Mr. T November 20, 2009 at 2:50am

Damn Jake! You know you’re sushi places.

jake rhymes with cake November 20, 2009 at 5:34am

I know my sushi places because I’ve had to seek out the best. I LOVE SUSHI and I want QUALITY if I’m going to pay American prices for it—in Japan, sushi isn’t expensive; it’s actually some of the cheapest food you can get; usually less than $2 for 2 pieces of nigiri or 3 pieces of sashimi. it can be more expensive if you seek atmosphere; but the “conveyor belt” sushi houses are ridiculously cheap in comparison to the U.S.

SAKURA-BANA actually flies in their seafood daily and it’s NEVER frozen before they get it. THAT’S FRESH!

alathea November 20, 2009 at 2:02pm

and I spent all my money pretty much for the year just to get there for 10 days (choir trip). I did KC and Ozu with about 100.00 left over 10 days. Some of our meals were set up, but I was able to eat AND have left overs for the whole time-snacks and 1 meal or so a day-on less than the 100.00. I was still able to purchase thank you gifts for my host family. Food, if you eat like a native is amazingly inexpensive considering how expensive other things are there, though Kumamoto is not a large city by Japanese standards and the prices reflect that as well.

alathea November 20, 2009 at 8:30pm

My second foray into Fuji Sushi was a success. They had rice this time, and I took a friend to get his thoughts. We ordered off of the full menu this time, and for the 21.00 we spent we left both sated and not too much poorer for the effort. We were once again greeted by the server while he was cleaning a table, and by the counter staff when we entered. Our server apologized for someone not coming to our table to inquire about drinks (we had only been there about 10 minutes from entry to getting situated). We also found out that they have sake, served both warm and at temperature.
Their bento combination lunch menu is a lot of food for the money. My friend had the 4pcs California Roll, 3pcs salmon Roll, and 3pcs Tuna Roll for 8.95 and I had the Fuji Tempura Combination (Chicken, Shrimp, White fish) and 3pcs Sushi fir 10.99. Both orders came with miso and a small house salad first, a drink (free refills on pop),  and then some undressed salad on the main meal plate brought out a little later. My meal came on a bento style platter with some ginger and wasabi in the middle, the tempura on one side, and the sushi in another compartment-very nicely separated and presented, but simple, with a small dish of tempura dipping sauce in a small separate dish. The tempura was just as good as the calamari I had the other day, and the batter was the same. I did not think to ask what the sushi was (bad for me) since my co-worker and I were discussing work issues, but in all respects it was fresh, firm, non-fishy, and each piece was served on a little bed of its own of rice. The rice itself was sticky and somewhat bland, but this is as I remember the rice when I was in Japan so this is not a negative at all.
The plate of California/salmon/tuna rolls that my friend had was also accompanied by miso and a salad, and when he got it he remarked that it was

Mr. T November 21, 2009 at 12:06am

Thanks for the review! Does sound like a place to check out. Nice prices! When I was in Japan I too fondly recall how inexpensive and good the sushi and sashimi was. I stayed with a friend’s family in rural Japan and they had sushi/sashimi delivered to their house almost every night, just like how we get pizza delivered at home here. It was awesome.

alathea November 21, 2009 at 12:32am

it was one of my stations of choice before A. Injury, and B. 9/11.

Ash December 8, 2009 at 5:19pm

I am a sushi lover! And, unfourtanetly, I was extremely disappointed with FUJI!!! It looks like a fast food joint—yet it took over an hour to get two rolls. The Edamame tasted freezer burned, the hot tea was cold and the hot sake was cold. I would not recommend this place! I also had a bad experience at Tokyo in Lincoln!! The sushi tasted freezer burned, the edamame was expensive and served on a really small plate and we all felt sick the next day… I highly recommend BLUE, Shogun and Oh Yummy for some good sushi.

alathea December 8, 2009 at 5:25pm

Ive never had to wait for more than about 10-15 minutes, but then im in there at lunch, too. Maybe that makes a difference.  I wonder why they would freeze their Edamame-soybean pods don’t really need to be frozen. They are in a strip mall, so I gave the appearance a pass.

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