Fujimi Japanese Steakhouse

PROFILE_Fujimi-Sushi-and-Japanese-Steak-Location: Matthews, NC
Website: http://fujiminc.com
Phone: 704-443-9188
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Closed Monday

Interesting Facts for Newbies: (Any unique characteristics or historical facts): This restaurant was formerly known as Ajimi which was located in Monroe, NC. This new location and name has received many great reviews. Do not let the outside of this nondescript establishment fool you; it’s quite spacious inside with a sushi bar and a sushi dining area on one side. The other side is a separate room for Hibachi dining. This is located in the Matthews Festival Shopping Center close to Big Lots.

Rating Scale (1-5: 5-Excellent, 4-Very Good, 3-Good, 2-Okay, 1-Bad)
Availability & Promptness (Reservation, Wait Times, Available Seating)
Rating: 5
Notes: Reservations are a good idea for those who wish to dine in the Hibachi area.
Aesthetics & Cleanliness (Décor; Cleanliness in Parking Lot, Bathroom, Visible Work Areas, Tables)
Rating: 4
Courtesy & Professionalism (Staff Appearance; Welcoming, Knowledgeable, Friendly)
Rating: 5
Notes: From the host staff to our cook, everyone was very friendly and attentive. Our Hibachi chef was extremely entertaining (and quite talented).

Value & Affordability (Price equals level of Quality)
Rating: 4
Notes: The Hibachi menu is very extensive. With the dinner entrees, you receive a salad, soup, fried rice, noodles, grilled vegetables and your selected meat (or vegetarian option). All items were fresh. All meat is cooked upon request.
Family Friendly (Kids menu, kids eat Free, play area, complimentary entertainment like coloring book, available highchairs and booster seats, family bathrooms, nursing rooms)
Rating: 3
Notes: I did not notice any very young children. My children (ages 10 and 12) were not given crayons or coloring books. This could be due to the fact that the Habachi area can be cramped given all of the plates and the close proximity to the flames from the grill. Or perhaps they did not offer these given that they were older.
I did not notice family restrooms or nursing rooms. I am uncertain as to the availability of highchairs or booster seats. There is a children’s menu from the Habachi menu. This is not a place that offers chicken tenders or hamburgers, however.
Customer Service (Friendly, Knowledgeable, Efficient)
Rating: 5
Quality of Food (Taste, Temperature, Timeliness, Correct Order)
Rating: 4
Overall Experience
Rating: 4
Notes: My family of four was very happy with our dining experience. It is not as grand as some of the larger chain Japanese Steakhouses but it is intimate, fun, and the food is very good. The soup was a bit too salty and my kids did not care for it. The ginger salad dressing is very good (there are others to chose from). My kids were very happy with their entrees although my youngest picked out some of the vegetables (onions and zucchini.
If you or one of your children has any seafood allergies (particularly shellfish), you may wish to forgo eating here as the meat is cooked alongside of the fish. Also, you will more than likely sit alongside other diners unless you have a large group of 6 or more. We enjoyed meeting the other family of 4 who sat at our table.
Specials: (Monthly, Weekly, Weekend, Daily, Happy Hour, Special Events) Birthdays are celebrated here. Check in advance online or by calling for lunch and dinner specials. Full service bar.
Recommendations: There is a very extensive sushi menu. All seafood is very fresh. Always best to call in advance to inquire for availability for large parties, particularly in the Hibachi area. Best for children 6+.

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Sherri Bain

Sherri Bain

Happy slave to my family. I have two girls (ages 10 and 12) and a 22 year-old stepson. Married 14 years to the most honorable man I've ever known. I enjoy reading, running, kayaking and the Bravo channel. I've worked in a local newsroom, a posh hotel and an investment firm, to name a few. I live in the outskirts of Charlotte where a horse named Hank hangs out in our backyard at dusk. I moved from Philadelphia, PA to Charlotte in 1989 when I was 21. Best decision ever.