Fujiyama is one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Lahore. Situated in Avari, Mall Road, this restaurant is indeed the perfect experience for anyone who wants to try the Japanese cuisine whilst being in the city. Its a high-end fancy dine in, so make sure you dress to impress when you’re going to Fuji!
I have had the chance to dine in at the restaurant quite a few times and decided to review the place after my experience this past weekend. It was one I’d remember forever. Fujiyama offers you the Japanese cuisine and authentic seafood dishes.
And in my opinion, I don’t think any other Japanese restaurant IN LAHORE can compete with Fujiyama.
The Ambience and Interiors of the place:
Fujiyama is a lovely antique looking restaurant.
I think a lot of its ambience has to do with its bamboo and wood finishing interiors – something that gives you a true Asian feeling.
When you enter the restaurant, on your left you find large windows instead of walls that give you the perfect seaside view.
However, if you want to experience a pure Japanese food marvel, then you can ask to be seated along the teppanyaki grill. There are chairs along the grill, where the extremely talented Chefs prepare your food in front of you!
Fujiyama offers its customers a menu that is perhaps every Japanese food lover’s dream come true! It has several starters you can choose to order from and a wide range sushi options. They offer all kinds of sushi – Maki rolls, Nigiri as well as Sashimi.
Their main courses mainly consist of Teppanyaki and Teriyaki foods. Teppanyaki is traditional Japanese food, which literally means being pan-fried or cooked on the grill. The Teriyaki meals are more towards the North-American taste, however, these dishes are found at almost every Japanese restaurant in Lahore. The dishes prepared in Teriyaki sauce, that mainly consists of Soy Sauce, are known as the Teriyaki meals.
Although you can have other items off the menu, like the Hibachi food, you also have the option to order from a set menu. Fujiyama offers you small set menus which have everything included in it – from your soups, starters and sushi to your main courses and desserts as well. It really just depends on you, whether you want to choose something off the small set menus and have everything served to you as you are taken by surprise, or if you want to order off the menu according to your own liking!
Regardless, one thing I can assure you is that whatever you order off of this menu, you will NEVER be disappointed!
Note here that since Fujiyama is a fancy restaurant, it has a menu that is quite expensive.
The food experience and service:
After carefully inspecting the menu and finally narrowing down our options, we decided to go for the Prawn Tempuras for starters and ordered the California rolls from the Sushi section.
I’ve got to admit, at first I thought the Prawn Tempura was slightly bland for my taste. However, squeezing a little lemon on top and eating them with the Prawn Tempura sauce made each bite delicious! And don’t even get me started on the California Rolls. If you haven’t tried Sushi before and you want to taste what Sushi is like, I’d suggest you try Fujiyama’s Maki California Rolls. They consist of the prawn fried tempuras, wrapped up in seaweed and rice. And there is no doubt about you falling in love with their Sushi!
The Sushi, again, was the best I have EVER had, Abroad and in Pakistan alike! I have been craving for those rolls ever since.
The California Rolls were so soft and extremely divine. You will NOT be disappointed if you order them!
Next up, we sat on the Teppanyaki grill table and decided to make the most out the Japanese cuisine. Hence, we ordered two different Teppanyaki dishes. One dish was Chicken, and the other was Beef. Having the Teppanyaki food prepared in front of us was just amusing. A chef came in to cook for us, and ensured by asking us how we would like our food before he started cooking. He made sure to ask how much spices, garlic, veggies etc. we wanted in our food. Not to forget here, he even asked us how we wanted our beef cooked – and we decided to go with medium well. Everything was balanced in taste!
Honestly, I cannot decide which dish was better. With each bite I felt like one was better tastingthan the other.
The dishes were slightly similar in taste (of course, since they were both Teppanyaki dishes). Both cooked in similar spices and garlic, but both tasted better than the other. The chicken was perfect, and our beef cooked just the way we wanted it to be. Both these dishes were definitely a thumbs up for us.
Servers made sure to come and ask us from time to time about our food, and whether we wanted anything else. I would like to mention here that the chef was extremely nice as well. It’s amazing when a restaurant’s servers are polite and they listen to you. It makes customers feel special, and definitely gets them to develop a better liking of the place!
Towards the end of our meal, we were so full we couldn’t finish our whole main course. I guess it would have been enough to order either the Prawn Tempuras or Sushi for 2 people and then two main courses. Because 2 appetizers and 2 main courses were too much for us alone! But we couldn’t get enough of the amazing taste, and really forced ourselves to eat to our full. Since we didn’t have any space for dessert left, we, unfortunately, did not have dessert at Fujiyama.
As already mentioned about Fujiyama’s menu, our bill was quite a lot as well. In normal restaurants, you might have to pay about Rs. 5000-6000 for two appetizers, two main courses, and two soft drinks.
However, in Fuji, we had a bill total of about Rs. 11,000 which is twice as much!
But every bite was worth paying so much money for.
If you’re looking to go out and celebrate a big occasion, then Fujiyama should be your go-to. It has the best Sushi in town, amazing food, and an even better ambiance! The only thing that might be an issue is the pricing of the food. However, I would like to end this review by saying its fine if you pay this much for food that is delivered to you in the best of its quality!