Fujitei is an authentic Japanese restaurant in St Kilda. It is a neighbourhood gem, run by passionate chefs who are driven to serve classic Japanese cuisine.
We were invited to try their menu, and really loved the relaxed, warm atmosphere and beautifully made dishes.
This inside out maki roll ($20) was filled with lots of tuna and salmon, coated with crispy tempura and topped with salmon caviar. I love that the simple fresh flavours of the raw fish gave the roll richness and creaminess, rather than the usual over the top mayonaise/sauce that you find in a lot of maki dishes. I really loved the tempura bits and the pop of caviar too. Super yum. A great dish to share!
This glossy grilled eel fillet ($29) had a sweet soy glaze, and was an indulgent delight. Eel always reminds me of Nasi Dengaku (fried miso eggplant) for some reason. I think it is that they are both melt-in mouth, creamy and saucy.
Beef takaki ($16) – a light dish with a citrusy/acidic sauce – a great starter.
Perfectly cooked miso flavoured cod fish ($28). I love this type of simply grilled fish. I find it so comforting. It is so light and soft, you can cut into it with a fork.
This little shell was filled with creamy mushrooms, a Hokkaido scallop and topped with salmon roe. Another great appetiser, it sure had the umami factor!
A gorgeous carpaccio in a Japanese/Mediterranean style, and a must order! It was lightly dressed in a basil olive oil vinaigrette, and was awesome. Different, but still super Japanese in flavour.
A giant mix platter of sushi/sashimi, stunningly presented and with lots of different things to try. 😍 Fish was perfectly cut and rice was the right temperature and firmness. A really great platter. I loved everything I tried. All fresh, and all done expertly.
I saved the best for last. I had never tried this before – wagu beef cooked on a giant fragrant Houba leaf ($50), which was painted with thick miso paste. A little box filled with coals was placed in the center of the table, and you could watch (and smell!) the fat in the meat melting away, the leaf releasing a toasty grassy fragrance and the miso caramelising! SO EPIC. A must order.
We seriously loved our visit to Fujitei. I can see it being a place to go when you want a no frills, relaxed environment with reliably delicious and authentic Japanese food.
Disclaimer: we were invited to dine as guests of the restaurant. All our opinions are our own.