Fuji Hiro Leeds: Here’s what I thought of the popular Japanese restaurant in the Merrion Center

After what was a rather overwhelming visit to Fuji Hiro last month, I decided that this week’s drop-in would only serve one purpose: to make the most of the huge menu.

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From a dozen starters to over thirty main courses, I’ve found that any decision based on food will always feel like an impossible feat in this place.

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Pictured is Fuji Hiro at Leeds.

This is precisely why, on this occasion, we came up with a plan.

Unprepared as I was last time, flipping through endless pages of dishes that all tickled my imagination, I had learned my lesson and done my research.

After being quickly seated by the bar in the center of the mid-week hustle and bustle, we called the waiter with our decision already made to browse the menu online.

For me, the humble shrimp bento; a selection of several dishes to try, all neatly packaged in a sectioned tray. Perfect.

My partner, going the sushi route for me to try something different, mixed things up with a combination of California roll and dragon king roll, bringing a delicious pairing of salmon and wasabi to the table.

After ordering the main course, we added two glasses of merlot and some prawn gyoza to the list, curbing our hunger just long enough to reach the main attraction.

Service here was relatively quick but offbeat, with my partner’s sushi arriving just as we had finished the last appetizing gyoza.

My bento box took a little longer, and as the wait dragged on towards the ten minute mark, I felt food jealousy seep in as I watched her sushi run out.

Alas, my tasting tray has finally arrived.

Deliciously savory cold noodles filled one corner of the box, tender sautéed shrimp filled another, crispy tempura zucchini and heaps of well-seasoned rice rounded out the rest.

As I nibbled on each tasty dish, I could tell that while I’m normally pretty good at ordering reasonable quantities, here I had made a misstep.

Perhaps it was the affordability that turned me off; I expected smaller portions for such a moderate price range, and the gyoza from before was now a bit indulgent.

By the end of the night, we both had plastic containers with plenty of leftovers, feeling satisfied with full bellies and not-so-empty wallets.

Address: 45 Wade Ln, Leeds LS2 8NJ

Opening hours: Monday – 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 9.30pm, Tuesday – Closed, Wednesday – Friday – 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday – 12pm – 9pm

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