Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sushi Saturday at Villanova

Last week I declared "Friday Night Is Sushi Night" after successive weekends of having sushi for dinner. That didn't last long because it was too cold for me to venture out of my hotel in Wayne, Pennsylvania, near Villanova University. The hotel didn't have sushi on the menu, so this past Friday turned into "Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwich Night." Pretty lame, huh?

As luck would have it, I was able to have sushi for lunch the following day. My friend and co-worker Susie and I drove around Villanova's gothic Roman Catholic campus and came across Fuji Mountain, a Japanese restaurant in Bryn Mawr. We were the first customers of the day, so we had the place to ourselves.

Fuji Mountain Japanese Restaurant in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

The decor had an Amish or Quaker feel to it, probably due to Bryn Mawr's proximity to Amish country, and was accented with Japanese art and Valentine's Day flourishes.

Valentine's Day soy sauce

Japanese decor at Fuji Mountain

Amish-style quilts featuring familiar Japanese objects such as kimono adorned the walls.

Fuji Mountain's Amish/Japanese fusion

While the interior design is a hybrid of cultures, the food is typically what any Japanese restaurant in the States serves. Susie had the "Washington Roll," which is shrimp tempura topped with avocado and a "special cream sauce."

Washington Roll

Not sure what exactly comprised the "special cream sauce," but it involved imitation crab, something crunchy, and possibly mayo. Since I'm crazy about avocado, I couldn't resist having a bite. Yummy and filling.

My choice was the Combination Box, which came with four pieces of sushi (the standard tuna, salmon, and shrimp along with a piece of fluke - hirame in Japanese), chicken teriyaki, and shrimp shumai.


Chicken teriyaki


The sushi wasn't spectacular, but it was fresh, so I have no complaints. The chicken teriyaki was a little dry, but not terribly so. Shumai is one of my favorite Japanese/Chinese appetizers ever. Alas, no beer or sake consumption as we were on our way to work, but it was a good meal overall.

Will I venture out for sushi next Friday (or Saturday) in East Lansing, Michigan?

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