Fujiyama has long been one of the Teen’s favourite places to eat. We recently introduced my Dad to the concept of Teppanyaki who loved it and, as the Teen approached his 17th, decided to go as a birthday treat for him. It’s not often he wants to spend time with his old mother so relished the opportunity to spend time with him and celebrate his big day.
There is no mention of vegan food on the menu and many may worry about cross contamination due to the way food is cooked on a grill in front of you. I was assured that staff would happily accommodate me if I told them on arrival about my dietary requirements. Sure enough, on arrival I was assured they could make adjustments to the Vegetarian Banquet for me to remove all animal products from the dishes.
The rest of the family ordered their favourite, the Fujiyama Royale, which is a mixture of meat and seafood dishes. I haven’t documented this part of the menu on this particular visit because I wanted to focus on my vegan experience.
I was given the standard bowl of salad to start off my experience, minus the mayo which usually graces it. I definitely could have done with a drizzle of oil or something to compensate for the dry leaves.
Next followed their wonderfully salty Miso Soup, complete with chopped spring onions and pillowy lumps of tofu. My fried gyoza were the envy of the table and I had to bat chopsticks away. I wasn’t going to share!
I had concerns around how my main was going to be prepared, given the communal Teppanyaki experience Fujiyama is famous for. The chef cooked my vegetables and tofu first, ensuring there was no issue with cross contamination. A bowl of steamed rice arrived from the kitchen instead of the egg fried rice the rest of the family ate.
The standard theatrics of throwing egg shells in hats and catching pieces of omelette kept everyone amused – I obviously abstained – and the guys made a fuss of the boy for his birthday. It was a lovely evening, in no way diminished by the fact I had to eat differently to everyone else. If anything, I felt Fujiyama made sure there was no compromise on my experience.
It may have been a Thursday night but I was still surprised by the fact Fujiyama had no other diners in during our visit. My veggie feast was £20 while other banquets are £25+. I hope a few more vegans may consider eating here in the future knowing that our dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Thanks for reading,