Reviewed by HALEY STAUB,
Spring Grove Area High School
Have you ever caught a piece of zucchini in your mouth after it was thrown by a chef who was chopping vegetables in front of you? Have you ever seen a flaming volcano made with an onion?
These are just glimpses of the entertainment you can expect at Fujihana in York.
This Japanese steakhouse has unique cultural décor and a casual, yet semi-upscale atmosphere fit for date night or family night.
Fujihana provides four types of dining, including a bar and lounge area suited for a casual meal, a sushi bar, sushi dining room, and interactive hibachi stations.
Amy Knopp, 34, of Hanover often dines at Fujihana for sushi and hibachi. She most enjoys the sushi, in particular the specialty roll of the night.
“Fujihana is a unique experience from other restaurants,” she said. “You can visit the hibachi side with a group of friends. It’s OK to laugh loudly and enjoy your time. You can also have a quiet, intimate dining experience with someone in the dining room. It also has a very upscale feel with affordable prices.”
In Japanese, Hibachi means “fire bowl,” which is a heating device used in Japan. In the U.S., hibachi cooking refers to gas-heated hotplates or grills, made of aluminum or cast iron, that are built into tables.
The chefs are always upbeat and aim to please their audience.
Steven Chen, 34, of York has cooked at Fujihana for four and a half years. When he was 19 years old, he traveled from China to the U.S. because he saw a future here. He learned to cook in Connecticut.
Steve said his favorite part about working at Fujihana is the people. Steve works seven days a week, but when he has spare time, he enjoys watching movies, especially James Bond flicks.
Steve’s picture is highlighted on Fujihana’s billboard across from the restaurant.
“Fujihana’s most popular dish is their Honey for Two,” Steve said. This dish is a hibachi meal that includes filet mignon, lobster, shrimp, scallops and chicken.
Where: 935 Loucks Road in York
When: Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Details: http://fujihanaatyork.com/ or call 717-845-8988.