Quick Review: Fujitaya, japan
After hiking for 282649 miles in Miyajima I was more than ready for lunch in the late afternoon and we pretty much ran to the nearest restaurant on my recommendation list. This turned out to be Fujitaya, a very traditional and small Japanese restaurant famous for its conger eels and recommended by the Michelin guide.
We easily recognised the restaurant via its giant wooden spoon sign outside, but otherwise Fujitaya appeared just like someone’s Japanese home. In fact the little old lady inside in charge of collecting the bill looked just like someone’s favourite grandma.
I was expecting large queues as mentioned in reviews but we came at such an odd time that we were seated straight away on pillows laid onto tatami mats. The seating area was elevated from the tiled flooring and there were several wooden partitions blocking us from seeing other tables. It was by far the most Japanese styled restaurant we had eaten in barring ryokans.
The waitress soon gave us cups of green tea, wet wipes and wooden framed menus.
There was only one main item available: an Anago meshi or eel rice bowl set with pickles and soup.
There were side dishes available with a very strong fishy theme, but we didn’t order any.
The meal was beautifully presented when it arrived and was identical to its picture; no McDonald burger lies here.
The Anago meshi was good: it was neatly presented, nicely sauced and very filling and comforting; the eel itself felt lighter than what I am used to. However at that point of the day I could have inhaled anything so I can’t tell you if it was truly worth its hefty, for Japan, 2,500.00 JPY / 16.72 GBP cost. In fact I’m not obsessed with eel rice bowls so I have less experience to compare to than others.
Ultimately it was a pleasant meal and I’m glad I finally tried eel in Japan.