Monday, February 15, 2010
If you like Bomb Rolls, Fuji is your place. Thinly sliced layers of cucumber replace rice as they surround lobster and crab in a spicy Japanese sauce. Sometimes I want a break from white rice, not that there's anything wrong with it...
"Forget the Brown Rice Sushi," says Dr. Oz Garcia, "The Japanese are some of the most long-lived people on the planet, and they only eat white rice."
Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I love brown rice too, but don't want to feel guilty when I eat white rice sushi, because it is otherwise so healthy. Phew!
Speaking of rice and sushi, have you been to Fuji Japanese Cuisine's newly expanded restaurant? It's beautiful, tranquil and the food is as good as ever. I used to come here when another sushi joint promising half priced sushi was too crowed on a Monday or Tuesday night. My girls and I found the food to be fresher and tastier, and priced somewhere between half and full price.
Recently, my daughter and I stopped in to check out the new digs. Doubled in size, with blue and neutral tiling, waterfalls and doting service, we felt like royalty. The waitstaff completely doted on us, to the point where we were almost embarrassed! We ordered our standard order: Rainbow Roll, California Roll, Philadelphia Roll, Tuna Sushi, Salmon Sushi and Spicy Tuna Roll. At $18, it was a bargain! Much less than its competitors, truly half price, and no surcharge per ordered item or to take out. (We left with a slew of food for the sushi-craving balance of my family.)
We inadvertently tested the half-priced offer when we ordered for home delivery last week. I have a deal with my daughter. She competes for gymnastics so if she gets first place in any event, she gets whatever she wants that night. The meet went till 8pm, she was hungry, she wanted sushi and meant business. I placed the exact same order on the same exact day of week 1 week later, and it cost $36. Wow, half priced really means half priced...impressive! Another restuarant might place a $1 fee per item plus a surcharge for taking out. Not Fuji, or at least not yet.
The restaurant has plenty of "New Opening Specials." Catch them before their new opening is old news.
Fuji Japanese Cuisine, (908) 654-6898, 340 South Ave E, Westfield NJ 07090
I learned a really funky new egg trick this week, totally by accident. I made soft boiled eggs. They were particulary good - gooey, rich and runny - almost decadent in their richness and play of textures. A dash of salt & pepper and some hot pepper sauce and they are like oyster shooters. A hot, brunchy version of oyster shooters that cost 10 cents a piece? Bring it on!
DAPHNE: Eggs are eggs.
GEORGE: (Not amused with her answer) Eggs are eggs. That is very profound. (laughs; Daphne goes back to reading her paper) By the same token you could say fish is fish. Ha ha ha, I don't think so
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Your big chance to have a two or three course meal at your favorite Westfield Eatery or try someplace new is next week! Westfield is hosting another Restaurant Week, click here for participating restaurants!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Problem: I need a superior fromage to pair with my wine. The solution: Ask Maria with confidence that you will not only have an exceptional pairing of wine & cheese, but will surely introduce your host or guests to something incredibly new and savory.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I'd like to introduce you to my new blogging partner! My daughter is about to turn ten and is as passionate about food as her mama. She has opinions, good taste and knows how to type so we figured why not? We were recently inspired to co-write on Westfield Foodie after watching Julie & Julia. The blog entries written by her will begin with "my child" followed by the subject.
You read my blog, you ate your pizza, you cast your vote. It turns out the best pizza is not in Westfield after all...according to my readers it is in Brooklyn, Summit, home made, or as one reader suggested, in heaven with his Zia. One woman even drives her 4 year old twins into the city because they eat so many slices at John's Pizza (who wouldn't?!).
That's not to say there is nothing redeeming about pizza in Westfield. An Ecuadorian reader who grew up in Westfield and still lives here loves the German pizza at Egyptian-owned La Casa. A woman who grew up in Westfield and now lives in Israel misses the fresh mozzarella at Cosimo's. A friend who grew up in Spain and now lives in Westfield doesn't like any pizza here but makes her own tuna pizza. A few people wrote in they love the frozen pizzas at Trader Joes. I agree that they are tastier, healthier and less expensive than their more doughy cheesy counterparts in town.
I'm not saying the pizza here is not good, it's just not great. The "wow" factor I wrote about previously is.... not here. And clearly my readers agree. Oddly enough, the answer to the question I posed, which is "what is your favorite pizza in Westfield" prompted more replies outside of 07090. Nothing really melts your cheese here. As the Counting Crows sang, 'round here, we all look the same.
For the few responses I did receive within Westfield, the most popular votes, listed in order, go to (12) Genarro's, (10) Buona Pizza, (6) Sorrento's, (5) Cosimo's and (1) Ferraro's. No votes of confidence for Brick Oven, which is ironic because they were written up in New Jersey Monthly's best pizza issue this month. In fact, a search for pizza in Westfield, NJ on Yahoo! Local ranked them in last place, even after Papa Johns and Domino's.
So where to go for great pizza around here? My readers tell me to go to Chrone's in Mountainside, Tarantella's in Clark, Joe's Pizza or Village Trattoria in Summit, Gallo's Pizza in Plainfield, Cafe Gallo in Edison or Star Tavern in Orange.
I am reminded of why I moved to Westfield. It is a nice place to live with a great downtown, phenomenal schools and lots of conveniences. I did not move here for the pizza. So I will continue to order from Buona, which is stored on my cell phone, and wait for the hot box to arrive at my door.