What's this? A weekend post? I NEVER do this! Don't get used to it, I'm not planning on making it a regular thing or anything, I'm just a little behind on restaurant reviews!
Wednesday night I had the pleasure of meeting up with Tina, Di, and Melissa for dinner at Fuji 1546, a Japanese restaurant in Quincy.
I know what you're thinking, what the hell is a girl who doesn't eat fish and can't even stand to be around it doing at a Japanese restaurant? I'll tell you why. Vegetarian sushi. I have never had it and have been curious for years.
A few notes on the restaurant itself. The diningroom is open and spacious, and there is a section where you can actually see the food being prepared. However, the booths and tables had more of a 1950s diner feel to it than an upscale japanese restaurant. As Melissa also mentioned in her post, there were boogers on the wall of the bathroom. Clearly someone has found themselves a hobby because there was quite a collection. Once I composed myself, and choked back the bile in my mouth, I headed back to the table to order.
To start out with, our waitress brought us a complimentary appetizer. It was fish so of course I didn't eat it, but as far as fish goes, it looked pretty good. She never really did make it clear what it was, but both Di and Tina agreed that it wasn't all that great.
For my entree I went with the asparagus roll, umeshisho maki (japanese salted plum and mint leaf roll), and the vegetable and rice paper roll.
The first roll I tried was the umeshisho maki. At first taste, I didn't like it at all...so I moved right along to the asparagus roll, which was surprisingly good. The asparagus was tender and the roll was not overly seasoned. Lastly I tried the vegetable and rice paper roll, which was by far my favorite of the three. In the roll is carrots, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, and peppers. All my favorite veggies! Once I was finished with the asparagus and vegetable rolls, I went back to give the umeshisho a second try. My initial assessment was correct. It tasted like fermented fruit wrapped in rice. I will not be getting that roll again.
All four of us opted out of a traditional dessert, but our waitress brought us over a "palette cleanser" of fresh oranges, which were juicy and made me so excited for summer.
My first foray into vegetarian sushi was a success, I will definitely have it again. As a matter of fact, I may try to talk the boy into trying it since I've been craving it the last few days!
Do you like sushi? Have you ever tried the vegetarian variety?