Fuji Ricetime

When you walk into Fuji Ricetime on High Street across from the Elsinore Theater, you're greeted with a friendly shout of "Hello" from the servers and sushi chefs. It's a nice touch that distinguishes this place as a welcoming downtown eatery. Unfortunately, that may be the last time you have clear communication with the staff. This is another one of these places where you're not sure who your server is. One person takes your order and another brings your food. It's almost certain that something will get screwed up or someones order will be brought to the table long after everyone else has been served. On one occasion they brought my salad after I was done eating the entree. So why do I go back? The food is pretty good and the portions are generous. The sushi rolls are a favorite with my family and the beef yakisoba on my plate is gobbled up quickly. For a good deal try the regular udon for $5.95. It's a soup with Japanese noodles and vegetables that makes for a nice lunch or lite dinner. Grab a booth and enjoy Japanese style seating without having to take off your shoes. Also check out their website where they have web polls and Ricetime news.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have only eaten here twice. First time was for lunch. It was quick, cheap and good.

Second time was for dinner. It was overpriced, and not very good.

I guess I will just have to eat there again sometime, and see what the third time brings!

Anonymous said...

I used to eat at Fuji on a regular basis, until Sushi Kyo, my absolute new favorite Salem restaurant, opened. But Fuji does some things well- I like the udon, miso & edamame. And the best dessert in all of Salem is at Fuji: Plum Wine Ice Cream!!

Anonymous said...

i absolutely agree with Anonymous Aug 3rd. the fact is, this used to be the only sushi place in Salem. i appreciated it for that, but now that there are so many other places for sushi in salem, (sushi kyo, sushi kyo!) i dont think this is at the top of my list anymore. overpriced compared to other places these days and the sushi rolls arent necessarily worth it. friendly service, have received wrong orders, but overall a good experience. i think their biggest plus is the location. a big con is parking. their rolls often have an odd flavor, as if the rice had been stored somewhere too long or maybe the workboard soaked up strange tastes or something. been going there less and less.

Salem Man said...

Went back the other night and had better service. I wish the booths had backs, they would be much more comfortable.

Anonymous said...

I would eat lunch at Fuji every day if I still worked downtown. The people are very friendly (unlike the reviewer I have NEVER, in the 3 years of eating there regularly, had a problem with the service), and the food is cheap, delicious and good quality. Definitely a favorite!

Jasindra said...

I really enjoy this place. At lunch you place your order at the register then find a seat. It's usually quite fast. I tend to get the Bento plate as I like the variety. I've never had problem with staff or food but then I've never been to dinner there.

guy who loves to eat said...

I finally had a Friday off of work. So I ordered some takeout at Fuji and met my girlfriend for lunch at work. I got the teri-beef and I ordered her the sushi combo. I thought it was great good flavor on the beef, the rice was cooked perfectly, and best of all they use Yamasa products. Whose headquarters is in Salem, Oregon. My girlfriend is used to the big city Japanese resturants in Cali. and she is very very picky about her Sushi or any Japanese food. So I took a chance on the sushi combo. She thought the tuna was good, one of the items the chef put in there was not the best, but ok. Overall she said it was a good pick. I told her it was only $12 for what she got. Thats a pretty good price for good sushi. I will be going back the next time I can get a Friday off. Lunch was an awesome deal. I have been here for dinner too, and I can say its on the top of my list for Salem. A definite must try for anybody who wants decent Japanese food in Salem. Here is my small list of good Japanese restaurants in Salem in order FUJI RICETIME, RAMEN ICHIBAN (TAKEOUT ONLY) till they get a remodel, Momiji.

Anonymous said...

In opposition to the first commenter, my experiences at this place have been good at dinner time and not so good at lunch time. The lunchtime orders seemed hastily thrown together, still one of my favorites for a dinner meal.

Anonymous said...

so good. but, it would be even better in my book if they were to offer a vegetarian bento at lunch. i would probably eat there every day if they did!

Anonymous said...

They do have a veggie bento. just ask for tempura tofu like i do :)

Anonymous said...

I went here for my anniversary. It was so good! We had sushi. I had the Marion Roll and really loved it. My husband had the deluxe plate. He's not a huge sushi fan, but he loved the shrimp tempura roll among other things. I have to go back and try more dishes. And some sake.

Anonymous said...

MY FAMILY AND I HAVE GONE TO FUGI RICETIME NEARLY 8 OR 9 YEARS-THE FOOD AND SERVICE IS ALWAYS EXC. EVERYTHING IS FRESH! RATE 1-5 I RATE IT 5

@staycerz said...

Enjoyed a lovely meal at Fuji Rice Time. I loved the service and the helpful wait staff. My favorite part was how easy it was to make reservations. The food presentation was beautiful. I tried some new foods that I had never tried before. My food allergy to shell fish was no problem to them as they made every recommendation to help accommodate my needs. I have to admit that the sushi was about average. It did not leave me feeling like I had the best unbelievable sushi around; which means I will keep checking around Salem for my best sushi experience. The wine selection was average. I recommend this restaurant for a date night or for a large party, they accommodate both very nicely. It was nice to be greeted by such warm smiles and friendly service.

Chuck Bradley said...

@staycerz. May I suggest Tiga Sushi Bar & Japanese Resturant in Dallas. I'm far from an aficionado but I think it's the best in the mid-valley.