Chefs wearing tall red caps delight guests as they cook and serve up choices at large tables in Fuji restaurant on South Washington Street. The Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse draws groups – many with children.

And children who come in skeptically are soon delighted to watch the action. Often they are having a birthday party. From time to time you hear the Happy Birthday song from their tables.

The restaurant is large and orderly. There is an area with booths and tables for mid-day customers. There is a convenient long bar for meals and drinks in an adjacent area. And there are three large areas where chefs preside.

Busy summer

Angela Chen, manager, says holidays in summer are the busiest times at Fuji. King Crab is the most popular choice of six deep fried rolls. The crunchy roll is made of crab with white tuna and salmon, lightly fried.

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Among rolls there’s a Stone Henge version made with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, snow crab and avocado roll deep fried and drizzled with spicy mayo and eel sauce.

Regular patrons know what they want. Casual callers study the wide range of Japanese offerings that begin with four soups. There are six salads including seaweed. There are nine kitchen appetizers including crispy calamari and chicken yakitori.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at 701-772-1055.

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Fuji –Japanese Seafood and Steak House

715 S. Washington St.

Telephone: 701-757-3855

Hours: Opens 11 a.m. daily; closes 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 11 p.m. other days.