Japanese. 32 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SN
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Fujiyama is a Japanese-style restaurant where all the food is cooked before your eyes on a massive hot metal table by skilled chefs. You sit around the metal part of the table, with a bar seperating it from you.
Before you are seated, everyone in your party orders a set meal, which range in price from about £18-£35, which sounds expensive but you get a lot to eat, trust me. This set meal normally has lots of little courses, normally a few including fish or meat, although there are a couple of vegitarian set meals. Your are given a little plate with 2 kinds of sauce on the side for dipping (apologies, I can't remember what kind of sauce) and then eat part of the meal is cooked and then put on your plate to eat, while the next part of the meal is being cooked. It is a very enjoyable way to eat with people, and there is lots of opportunity for conversation while your next course is being prepared.
Watching the food being prepared is very fun as well, as the meals nearly always include egg-fried rice, which the chefs prepare by breaking eggs onto the hot plate and pouring oil and rice all over it. They also make sauces by folding tinfoil into little boxes and cooking it in that.
They also invite you to try on their hats and try throwing eggs into the hat while it's on your head. I have never dared try this, but my brother did once, and it was certainly a fun experience!
I would recommend having a meal here, as it is truly delicious (especially the steak cooked in teriaki sauce), however it is quite expensive, so try to limit it to special occasions.
This Japanese restaurant is situated at the top of Stowell Street (China Town), in the centre of Newcastle. The location is great and so is the food.
The menu offers appetisers, special dishes, sushi, and for the less adventurous diner, set meals. The set meals cost between £18 and £30, depending on which you order, and they consist of many small dishes which are presented one after another until you feel like you will burst!
On my last visit we paid £18 per person, (which sounds like a lot but believe me it's worth it) and we enjoyed - salad, miso soup, king prawns, salmon steak, sirloin steak, chicken terriaki, stir fry and fried rice - thats a lot of food, and it was all cooked to perfection and very tasty.
The atmosphere is great. It can be quite noisy as all of the food is prepared in front of you on a giant hot plate in the middle of the table, and people do cheer and clap the chefs. The noise did not spoil my experience at all.
The drinks are about average price for a restaurant, with a bottle of wine costing around £11, however the meal lasts a long time so you might drink a few. The length of the meal is a plus for me, as it seems like a night out, rather than just having a quick meal then having to go home.
I would most certainly recommend fujiyama to anyone.
We loved this restaurant and will definitely go again! The food was delicious, the service great, the chef very entertaining and all very reasonably priced. I would recommend Fujiyama to anyone who likes or would like to try Japanese food - the colleague I was with had never had Japanese food before and has says that it was one of the best dining experiences he's ever had. Having food cooked right in front of you is really interesting and the chefs put on quite a show whilst preparing it. Only in Newcastle for the week but may well go back for a second visit!Jan
My trip to this restaurant was the most disgusting evening of my life and I would advise people to avoid this restaurant at all costs. Most importantly lobster were brought out alive having been slit down there backs then left for 20 minutes until they were cooked. Luckily no one in my party was eating this so I did not have to watch the agony close up but it was still disgusting to see. Apart from this disgusting sight the food was revolting and I was very disappointed.
This is my favourite Japanese restaurant in the Newcastle, and as the title suggests it is indeed the only Japanese restaurant in Newcastle. I think thats probably because there is no need for another, this one is that good. It is a teppanyaki restaurant which is a Japanese food experience, an "eatertainment" if you will, where the food is cooked right under your just singed eyebrows. Instead of individual tables for each dining group, you sit with other people round three sides of a rectangular hot cooking surface with the cook, one for each table, at the remaining side. The cook then brings the raw ingredients to the table, prepares them and cooks them on the surface, right in front of you. The food is very simply cooked, with only rarely a sauce added. Generally the only added ingredients are soy sauce, mirin (a japanese vinegar) and ginger. Most people order one of various set meals. My personal favourite is miso soup, squid, king prawn, salmon, bean sprouts, chicken and beef teriyaki. Now this sounds a lot but the food is beautifully cooked, there are no heavy sauces etc. and the meal is just enough to leave a pleasant feeling of satisfaction. The surroundings are really cool. The restaurant is underground, down a flight of stairs just off Chinatown. You wait in an ante-chamber before being summoned to the main area where the waitress will slot your group onto a table with a space. I don't know quite how they do it but they often match groups on the same table who have ordered similar food, making it easier for the chef to cook one large lot of the same ingredients for the entire table. Now for the eatertainment. The chef juggles the food, the knives, raw eggs, small puppies...no wait, not small puppies. The piece de resistence of which is the egg in the hat trick. Also look out for the flaming inferno, when a three foot wall of fire erupts 10 inches in front of you. Remember ladies, ditch that hairspray otherwise
your hair-do will become a hair-don't. This place is great fun, the food is wonderful and no-one could be left uncheered by the bill either.