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Mt. Fuji – It’s not just dining, it’s an experience – Part Two

 

The other day I wrote a post about our experience at the Mt. Fuji restaurant in Hillburn, New York (not too far from New York City). I had so much to say that I had to break the post up into two parts. If you have yet to read part one, you can read it here – Mt. Fuji – It’s not just dining, it’s an experience – Part One.

In my previous post I wrote about Mt. Fuji’s new Y Lounge, located at the restaurant. Not only is it a fabulous place to hang out in before your meal, but it’s also a great place to meet up with family, friends and co-workers to hang out, relax, and enjoy some mouth watering food and great live music (live music is available on select days). You can also come to enjoy the amazing views from on top of the mountain.

After our visit to the Y Lounge, my husband and I were taken to the main dinning area for dinner.

Mt. Fuji is a family friendly restaurant. We saw a lot of children while we were there. We even had a toddler seated at the table with us.

Mt. Fuji has several “party rooms” for large groups. Their hibatchi tables seat eight people. If there are less than eight people in your group you will most likely be seated with other guests. That’s OK because it promotes a sense of community, and it’s a fun way to meet new people.

We weren’t able to chat with the people seated opposite us, but we did have short conversations with the gentleman seated to the left of me (his wife was too busy with their toddler).

The restaurant also offers special booths that give you the sense of authentic Japanese dining. In Japan, people traditionally eat seated on the floor. It’s not that easy to sit on the floor at a busy restaurant, so Mt. Fuji created these special tables/booths with lower benches to give you the sense of eating on the floor, without actually sitting on the floor. You even have to take off your shoes prior to sitting down in one of these special booths (for the Hibachi style eating you keep your shoes on). In these booths, your food is brought to you instead of being cooked in front of you at the Hibachi tables.

These tables are also located next to the windows, offering guests the best views.

The above pictures is one of those tables. Its not the best photo, but hopefully you get the idea.

When we can coordinate it with our busy children, I’d like to take them to Mt. Fuji to experience this type of dining. You need at least four people to sit in these booths, and we’re a family of four, so that works out great.

My husband and I were seated at one of the Hibachi tables. If you are unfamiliar with dining at a Hibachi restaurant, it means that your food is cooked right there in front of you. If you’ve never experienced it before, it’s a lot of fun.

When you are seated at the table you will notice the authentic Japanese dishes nicely arranged around the table.

You’ll notice the traditional soup spoons.

Each place seating comes with a set of chop sticks for an authentic dining experience. They also have traditional eating utensils for those who have not yet mastered chop sticks. My husband used a fork to eat, while I gave chop sticks a shot for most of my meal (I had a hard time eating rice with the chop sticks).

I should mention that the restaurant has a nice variety of beverages. Ice water is given out with your meal (and refills are readily available). My husband enjoyed a fruit punch while I had a “virgin” Strawberry Daiquiri (non-alcoholic).

Their menu had plenty to choose from, in fact, I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted. There were so many options that I wanted to try. My husband is not a fan of seafood (which they have a lot of on their menu), but he found a great chicken meal to order. They do have plenty of chicken and beef options to choose from.

We both ordered Banzai Chicken, made with sesame teriyaki sauce. You can get add-ons such as shrimp, lobster, sirloin and other delicious options. I got sea scallops as an add-on. My husband just stuck with the chicken.

I’m not sure if it’s the case with all menu options, but our meal came with soup, salad, shrimp, rice, noodles and vegetables. The other guests seated at our table also receive the same food items, so it might all come with all meals.

My husband doesn’t like seafood, so I happily ate his shrimp that came with his meal. YUM!!!

The soup is onion soup and it is SO GOOD!!! The salad comes with a house made ginger dressing. Oh my goodness! It was so good! And the shrimp – MMMMM!!!!

What I LOVE about this style of dining is that they not only cook the food in front of you, but the chef is so entertaining. He just didn’t stand there and cook – he put on a show! He even did things to entertain the toddler that was seated at our table. I like that he personalized his “cooking show” to entertain all of his table guests.

Here is an example of our chef cooking our shrimp. I took two other videos, but sadly, the guests seated across from us appeared in both of them. I do not like to use people’s images without their consent. For that reason I cannot share those videos. Sorry.

 

It’s amazing to watch the chefs cook. I could sit and watch them for hours.

My favorite was when he turned a stack of onions into a “volcano” that had real flames shooting from on top of it. Those onions ended up in our meal too.

Everything is freshly made to order. It’s evident when you watch the chef cook, as well as taste your meal. Many ingredients come from Japan too (obviously not the fresh foods, I’m referring to the other ingredients).

The food we had was EXCELLENT! From start to finish – everything was cooked perfectly and taste OH SO GOOD!

Piles of food!

Plenty of rice and noodles for everyone at our table.

The top dipping sauce is some kind of a spicy mustard sauce. The one on the bottom is a ginger sauce which was OUT OF THIS WORLD good!

My meal prior to the chef adding the teriyaki chicken. I had already started eating it at this point, so there was even MORE food on my plate.

Close up of the perfectly cooked sea scallops. Mmm!

Close up of the moist and delicious teriyaki chicken.

There was so much food that I had to take some of my plate home with me. My husband gobbled all of his food up.

EVERYTHING about our meals was incredibly good, right down to the salad and sauces. I cannot wait to go back to either have this again, or try other menu items.

We topped our meal off with dessert. My husband had chocolate ice cream. I had green tea ice cream. I’ve never had green tea ice cream before. It was wonderful! And it was a huge portion.

Green tea ice cream.

During our meal, a man wearing a dragon head came around to sing “Happy Birthday” to guests who were celebrating their birthdays that night. There were probably a half dozen people there for their birthday that night. Needless to say, Mt. Fuji is a fun place to celebrate a special occasion.

The dragon head worn by the person helping people celebrate their special day.

I neglected to mention, most of the female employees wear traditional Japanese kimonos and shoes – imported from Japan, so they are authentic. The men all wear suits (except the chefs). There is no dress code at the restaurant (it used to be that men had to wear ties), however, appropriate attire is required.

A female employee in a traditional Japanese kimono.

Another thing worth noting is that when you are in the restaurant, look up. Even the ceilings are beautifully decorated. The designs are handcrafted from Japanese artists who either came to the restaurant to do their work, or the work was imported from Japan. Everything looks so beautiful from the floor to the ceiling.

Even the bathrooms were beautiful, bright and clean.

After our meal, the owner, Nancy Fujita, took us downstairs to see The Views area of the restaurant. The Views is a space used to host weddings and special events. It’s also open to the public every Sunday for brunch.

This space is GORGEOUS! I joked with my husband that next time I get married I want to have my reception there (ha ha).

Not only is the giant room bright and colorful, but the seating areas are stunning. I cannot imagine hosting a brunch with children and the messes they must make on the fine linens. Mrs. Fujita said that everything is washed, so it’s not a problem.

The Sunday brunch is held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, with the last seating at 2:00 PM.

The cost is $35 per adult and $15 per child. Trust me, that price is well worth it for the amount of food available to you. Here is just a SAMPLING of some of the buffet foods available (please note that their menu changes weekly).

  • Asparagus & Gruyere Cheese Frittata
  • Country Style Bacon & Sausage
  • Texas Style French Toast
  • Raspberry Cheese Blintzes
  • Eggplant Rollatini
  • Pasta (Penne Vodka, Pesto, or Primavera Tortellini Alfredo, Rigatoni Bolognese, Ravioli with Lobster Sauce)
  • Chicken (Florentine, Teriyaki, Provencal, Mediterranean, Marsala)
  • Roast Pork Loin (Mango Chutney, Southern BBQ)
  • Beef (Bourguignon, Stir Fry, Pink Peppercorn)
  • Merlot Demi-Glace or Asian-Style Beef Short Ribs
  • Atlantic Salmon (Teriyaki, Piccata, Saffron Cream Sauce)
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Saffron or Herb Rice Pilaf
  • Prime Rib
  • London Broil
  • Roast Turkey
  • Omelets Made to Order
  • Sushi
  • Fresh Baked Goods
  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Italian & French Pastries

and so much more!

My husband said he’d have to stop eating for a day or two before we go to The Views for brunch (something we are very much planning on doing). This way his stomach is “empty” to fill up on all these great foods.

I cannot wait to go back!

There is a very good reason why this area of the restaurant is called The Views. That is because the views from the windows is spectacular.

The day we went wasn’t exactly clear (it was muggy and humid), but we were still in awe of the views from Mt. Fuji’s vantage point.

On a clear day you can see all the way down to New York City.

I took some photos from the Y Lounge, located directly above The Views, but they didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped they would. Trust me, the views from Mt. Fuji are impressive and they are something you must see in person to enjoy.

The Views also hosts special events. Take for example a Murder Mystery Dinner they are hosting a few weeks from now. That sounds like a lot of fun.

If you are interest in learning more about The View, visit TheViewsatMtFuji.com.

Overall we had THE BEST time at Mt. Fuji. We are excited about returning again and again, both with our kids as well as on “date nights.”

If you are interested in learning more about Mt. Fuji, the Y Lounge and/or The Views, visit MtFujiRestaurants.com. The one we went to is in Hillburn, NY. They also have a location in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

All of their social media links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Mt. Fuji? Do yo think it’s a place you’d love to come and experience for yourself? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free meal for me and my husband in order to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. This is a beautiful place and the food is delicious! I haven’t been there in years…but would love to return. We attended a wedding at The View once. It was wonderful. I had no idea they had brunch. That would be fun to do one day.