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Best Culturally Authentic Food

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Fuji Japanese Restaurant

8706 Franklin Avenue, 780-788-2128

PHOTO: Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Japan – it’s a bucket list destination for many aspiring globetrotters due to its fascinating and multifaceted culture, and for also being home to the most exceptional seafood available in the world.

However, if you don’t have your passport ready to take the 7,792-kilometre flight from Fort McMurray to Japan, take a drive downtown instead. Of course, you won’t see Japan’s iconic symbol - Mount Fuji - firsthand, but you’ll be able to walk into a local restaurant named after the island’s most popular landmark.

At Fuji Japanese Restaurant, they prep their dishes to match the authentic Japanese cuisine. The avocado rolls, sockeye salmon sashimi, miso soup, seaweed salad and prawn tempura are just some of the many favoured menu items that come in generous and well-presented portions.

Regulars tell us to order the sake and try a ‘Boat for 2’, which features a variety of rolls and assorted sushi served on a large bamboo platter shaped like a boat.

The restaurant’s seating area is booth-lined to offer you privacy, while still providing views inside and out of it while you dine. And if you’re feeling like a VIP, there’s a special room for you and up to 30 others to host private parties.


Dawn Booth is a local journalist and business owner of the communication service, Media Booth. Residing in Fort McMurray since 2007, Booth has been actively working in the Wood Buffalo region as a media and marketing expert. From her arrival to the city, until November 2010, she worked as the Special Features Editor at the Fort McMurray Today. In April 2011, she co-launched snapd Wood Buffalo and managed the publication for three years, until June 2014. In March 2014, she created Media Booth and is currently working with a wide-variety of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors throughout Alberta. Her passion for volunteering in the community has given her two civic awards from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She has also received the title for the Fort McMurray Connect's Top 40 Under 40 and is one of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta's 2014-2015 Women of Inspiration. A happy wife and loving mother to two young boys and a baby girl, Booth can be found easily at