Fuji Sushi Buffet Restaurant

Whether you’re craving the familiar comforts of a classic California roll or eager to explore new culinary horizons with innovative creations, Fuji Sushi Buffet promises an experience that transcends the ordinary and transports you to the heart of Japan’s rich culinary heritage. So why not treat yourself to an unforgettable meal at Fuji Sushi Buffet? Your taste buds will thank you.

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Fuji’s sushi and other Asian fare a buffet worth sampling in Concord

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Fuji’s sushi and other Asian fare a buffet worth sampling in Concord
Fuji Roll from Fuji Sushi Buffet.

Richard Eber, Taste and TellCONCORD, CA (Mar. 23, 2023) — All-you-can-eat restaurants have always been popular with diners.

So-called chuckwagon eateries, featuring abundant meat, starches and desserts, have been a mainstay in the local culinary scene. But except for the Golden Corral Buffet and the high-end Brasas do Brazil steakhouse, unlimited portion faire has shifted to Asian cuisine in Concord.

The most prominent places to dine include:

China Wall. This huge restaurant features a large selection of Chinese dishes that have been served to a couple of generations of Concord families.

Ohgane Korean BBQ and Gen Korean BBQ House. These two restaurants feature cooking devices at each table that allow patrons to prepare their own food. This format has proven to be a major success for young people on dates and those who want some excitement when going out to eat.

Karen Mitchoff for Assembly

Shabuya. This Japanese-themed restaurant at the Veranda utilizes a hot pot format. For each person, a vessel is filled with broth. Then thin slices of meat, seafood, vegetables, noodles, etc., are added. A large selection of dipping sauces enhances flavors to suit individual palates.

Fuji Sushi Buffet

Fuji’s sushi and other Asian fare a buffet worth sampling in Concord
Fuji Buffet general manager Joe Deng displays some of the menu options.

Despite being hidden behind Buffalo Wild Wings on Diamond Boulevard, Fuji Buffet has found increased popularity by word of mouth since opening last year.

Fuji does not serve so-called “gas station sushi.” Despite a fixed per meal price for everything from exotic rolls to nigiri (slices of fish) to tempura, the restaurant utilizes premium ingredients. They even offer soft shell crab in melt in your mouth spider rolls. Everything is included for the same price, except beverages and tip.

During my visits to Fuji, I sampled a wide variety of seafood, including unagi (eel), saba (mackerel), tobiko (flying fish roe), maguro (tuna) and sake (salmon), just for starters. At local high-end Japanese restaurants, ordering two or three of these items costs about the same amount as a full meal at Fuji.

Larry Marleau, Builder

Fuji’s format is much different than most buffets. Diners can select sushi items, rolls and nigiri from a slow-moving carousel. Workers prepare custom rolls in the center of the revolving apparatus sometimes referred to as a Sushi Boat.

At the helm of the sushi buffet is Dee Sinh Ly. He started his first restaurant with this format some 30 years ago, catering to the UC Davis campus crowd. Ly explains his formula for success: “We count on large volume, small margins and eliminating waste to make our business prosperous.”

Another thing Ly does is negotiate a large volume with seafood suppliers on a weekly basis “to keep our costs in check.”

Not just sushi

Customers who like their sushi “well done” can find menu items that don’t involve raw fish. One such option is the veggie dragon roll, which features tempura yam, broccoli, green bean, cucumber and avocado.

When diners are filled up with raw fish, Fuji serves hot main courses. Especially noteworthy is the shrimp and vegetable tempura. Other favorites include fried oysters, sesame chicken and grilled salmon teriyaki. I also enjoyed the grilled Hamachi Kama (yellowtail collar).