Normally, for most people, fresh sushi is a must. Considering that it is raw fish and rice, you wouldn't want it pre-made or sitting around too long. Think of it, both the fish and rice start to degrade and take on textures that are undesirable. Furthermore, I'm also pretty sure most people prefer freshly made Japanese food as well, such as donburi, gyoza, croquette and teriyaki. So if this is the case, why is Fujiya so darn popular? Well, the really low prices don't hurt. If a donburi only costs $3.95, there is not much complaining to be heard. Also, there are times (as few as they are) that someone might want to grab a quick bite that doesn't involve lining up where "smiles are free". Yup, fast food that is generally healthier and different than the usual burger or taco. Of course boxed pre-made sushi is never a first choice. For me, the rice just get all hard and gummy.
With that being the case, it doesn't stop me from doing the occasional Fujiya run. Fujiya is actually a Japanese market the sells everything from dry goods to fresh fish. Yet, they are mostly known for their inexpensive sushi, bento boxes, donburi and other food items. The open display case is quite impressive and extensive. At this location, there is a small eating area at the front entrance complete with a microwave and TV. The microwave is essential for heating up the pre-packaged cold food. Too bad there is no way to revive the rice in their sushi... Oh well, the things you have to expect from premade sushi. So as expected, the Nigiri is only average due to the cold rice and equally stiff fish. However, the fish itself is pretty decent considering. As for the Scallop & Tobiko Roll (and frankly all of their rolls), there is a liberal use of sushi rice. Furthermore, they are not the prettiest to look at. Once again, with tempered expectations, the rolls are alright. I must admit the rice does have decent flavour. I won't judge the texture too much since it is refrigerated, although it is chewy and not mushy.
While I was perusing the sushi and other cooked food, I noticed that they had Japanese Curry. So I gave it a go. I'm not sure if it was due to being the bottom of the barrel (literally bottom of the pot); but the curry was very thick and lacking beef. I could count only 3 pieces. Flavourwise, Japanese curry is sweet rather than spicy. However, this one was very sweet. Again, not sure if it was because there was very little left. For $3.95, the Tonkatsu Don and Oyako Don are a good value. I know for that price, we should be a bit forgiving. In the case of tonkatsu, inevitably, it will be soggy if reheated. It was in this case and it will never be confused for the freshly made version. Once again, it's only $3.95 and for people who just want food to fill them up, it's a fabulous deal. Okay, probably one of the few things that could possibly pass off as fresh when reheated in the microwave are the Gyozas. Yah, the bottoms won't be crisp; however, it's close enough. These are pretty decent, with a relatively thin wrapper and light filling. And for the umpteenth time, for the price, there is not much to complain about. And honestly, that is the whole point of Fujiya. It is what it is. I'm personally not a huge fan of prepackaged Japanese food. In this case, it serves a purpose and is not really in competition with actual Japanese restaurants.
- Pretty good selection
- It's Japanese-run, if that matters
- Refrigerated sushi is not really all that appealing
- Some fried items do not reheat nicely