Fuji-san is a Japanese restaurant on Waalsekaai, one of the best streets of Zuid neighborhood in Antwerp. This street is full of cozy bars and restaurants also super close to Schelde River. Besides that, this trendy neighborhood is really close to the city center and definitely worth to take a walk. Especially for Fuji-San! As a Japanese cuisine lover, I am happy to find this restaurant that makes me feel like I’m in a Zen temple.
Fuji-San is literally easy to miss when you are strolling around. It is small and nothing fancy from the outside. Even though this is the neighborhood we live, we didn’t notice it for the first three months. The atmosphere is so authentic with the interior and the music on the background. It is easy to match this quiet place with Mr.Teoh’s (the owner) state of mind. For a moment, I felt like I could close my eyes and meditate for 10 minutes. The interior decoration is plain and simple; paintings, plants, sculptures, and little details are in absolute harmony. If I would have to choose one word for Fuji-San that would be balanced.
I just can’t resist when I saw a Dim Sum in a menu. This time was no exception and we started with Shrimp Dim Sum(4.5€) together with the tea. Some may know but for who doesn’t; Dim Sum means “Heart’s Delight” and this dumpling is reaching out to your heart.
We took a complete journey in Fuji-San with Sushi(30€) and Sashimi(30€) Menus. Each menu includes wakame su (seaweed and cucumber salad with vinegar), misoshiru (miso soup), matcha ice cream with fresh fruits, tea and of course selection of sushi’s and sashimi’s. Everything comes in perfect order and garnishes the conversations around the table. I really recommend you to order a set menu to enjoy waiting time and build up your appetite for the main course.
It is tough to put some words together and define these sushis and sashimis. They are heaven in the mouth. I think Mr.Teoh is a real artist and beyond that, a professional businessman; he knows how to provide and serve the freshest fishes in Antwerp. We got stunned by delicious sushis, and we were about to leave the place, then Mr. Teoh reminded us of our desserts. Can you imagine, we were so satisfied with the food that we forgot our desserts! We sat down and put an end to our visit with tasty matcha ice cream and fresh fruits.
Compatible with the atmosphere, the service is also zen. The owner, the chef, and the server is the same person; Mr. Teoh. Yet, I don’t think he is slow on the serving time. He is definitely not fast either but remember he takes care of everything in person and that embellishes the whole experience. Moreover, Mr.Teoh is a friendly person, he likes to chit chat with the customers when he is not in the kitchen.
He is a kind man and you can see his nature on the plates. Every piece he brought to the table was prepared in an elaborate way. If you choose to sit at the bar you can watch the master in action. Since sushi’s and sashimi’s take some time to prepare, I would recommend you to order a set menu or some starters to avoid long waiting times. We all know that hunger and anger are close friends. Fuji-San is a really small place and in my opinion, it is suitable for a small group of people. Moreover, it is a hidden spot for sushi lovers, so consider making a reservation to ensure your visit!
If you like sushi and sashimi, or Japanese cuisine, do yourself a favor. Skip the chain sushi restaurants and go to Fuji-San as soon as possible.
Adress and Extra Information
Tuesday– Saturday open from 12 noon to 2.30 pm and from 6 pm to 11 pm.
Open on Sundays from 6 pm to 11 pm.
Closed on Mondays.