Fuji Sushi, has opened up. I have, for years, tried to convince my family that sushi was good, but when the only examples that they have had experience with have been mediocre maki, it's a really hard sell. My youngest sister is very open to new culinary experiences despite the fact that she thought that she disliked sushi. One of her friends convinced her to come with her to Fuji Sushi where she discovered that she did like sushi. She prefers maki (rolls) to nigiri (raw fish with rice) or sashimi (raw fish), but it is a start. Knowing that I like sushi, she invited me out with a friend, her husband, and my parents. From the outside, it doesn't look like much, occupying a store front in a small strip mall. Inside, it really isn't that much more impressive with white walls with a cherry blossom tree design near the rear of the dining room. There are booths on one side and tables occupying the rest of the space. The sushi bar is in the back of the dining room on the right side. The menu has a pretty good list of maki with the usual suspects showing up on the sashimi and nigiri lists (the usual suspects being a lot of tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus, and eel). They also had a variety of appetizers and non-sushi items for those that are yet averse to sushi. I started things out with a standard appetizer found at many sushi restaurants, Spicy Tuna Tartare. It was served with a spicy sauce and topped with Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe) which, while salty, is more used for texture than flavoring. The presentation was nice as were the flavor and texture and the tobiko provided a nice crunchy contrast. The fish tasted very fresh which tells me that they have a good supply chain which is especially important for inland sushi restaurants.
I am glad that a sushi restaurant has opened up in Midland, I hope to return sometime when I am in town. While it isn't a great, high end sushi place, it is good for what it does.