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In Dining Commentary

Fushimi opened on Farwell Avenue at the start of the new year.

In Dining Commentary

The interior is modern, classy yet casual, with a burst of color.

In Dining Commentary

The buffet is well-stocked with fresh and delicious dishes.

In Dining Commentary

Items on the menu are also included in the all-you-can-eat buffet price, too.

In Dining Commentary

The baked oyster will keep me coming back again and again.

First look: Fushimi Sushi & Seafood Buffet


Though I am hardly the world's pickiest diner, I am rarely blown away by a restaurant on a first visit. But that's exactly what happened on a recent stop at Fushimi Sushi & Seafood Buffet, 2116 N. Farwell Ave.

The buffet opened at the beginning of the year and folks on the East Side have already been buzzing about it for a while. It's easy to see why.

While the exterior isn't much to behold, step inside and you'll be confronted with a clean, colorful, classy yet casual decor that feels modern and cheerful, thanks, especially to the pink blossoms throughout. It's the kind of place that makes you want to stay a while.

A blue glow illuminates the buffet table, reminding us that it is the star of the show.

The buffet is $12.95 at lunch and $20.95 Sunday through Thursday at dinner; $23.95 on Friday and Saturday. Sure, it's more than many of us typically plan to spend at lunch, but, in this case, it's a real bargain.

First of all, the food is fresh and delicious. I arrived a little early, about 11:30, but the buffet table was fully stocked and everything looked freshly made and appealing.

The restaurant was spotless and the entire staff wore smiles and my server was cheery and helpful, explaining that not only could I eat as much as I wanted from the buffet, I could also order as much of anything I wanted from the printed lunch menu, which had at least two dozen sushi options.

Meanwhile, the hot table boasted shrimp fried rice, vegetable spring rolls, steamed fish, tempura vegetables, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed shrimp, stir fried vegetables, salted edamame and many other items.

Trying to control myself, I took small portions of a number of dishes and all were hot and delicious. The hardest part of this experience would be getting out without overdoing it.

My favorite item on the bar was the "baked oyster," a mix of crab meat, scallops, onions and a creamy sauce baked on an oyster half-shell. This tiny feast in a shell, alone, will keep me coming back.

I also decided to try an item off the menu, so I picked a shrimp tempura roll that had crispy shrimp tempura rolled in white rice with avocado. Like everything else here, it's some of the best sushi I've had in Milwaukee.

The buffet also has a dessert bar with canape-sized slices of assorted cakes, melon and other fruit and little lemon custard tartlets.

There is a full dinner menu, too, with a wide variety of sushi choices, crab legs and more. It'll take a lot more than one visit to get to know a menu of this breadth. But the process will be an extremely satisfying one.

Fushimi does sushi trays for parties and events, and it does a carry-out buffet, too. There is copious free parking to the north and east of the building (there's an entrance facing the east lot, too).

Fushimi is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for lunch. Dinner is served Monday-Thursday, 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-10 p.m. Last seating is half an hour before closing.


Talkbacks

Photodavie | April 11, 2013 at 11:07 a.m. (report)

I agree with you on everything you wrote, EXCEPT, and this is a huge EXCEPT, their sushi is horrible. I ordered 6 rolls, and 2 of every type of fish they offer. I really wanted to get my money's worth. I ate maybe 1 roll and half the sushi pieces I ordered. I only finished what I tasted. Did not eat any more than that. It was disgusting. Lower quality sushi than what you get from PickNsave. Again, the hot food was as described (amazing). Just do not go here if you are looking for good sushi. I believe you can get a discount on the buffet if you just get the hot buffet. I strongly recommend doing that. For those that have never had sushi (or in Bobby Tanzilo's case good sushi) don't let this restaurant be the bar for what sushi should taste like.

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