Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Inspired Dining at Kennesaw's Fuji Hana Thai Peppers

Siam City Roll
From the moment I stepped into Kennesaw's Fuji Hana Thai Peppers Restaurant, I had a feeling I was in for a treat.
The restaurant is elegant with stylish white leather booths and a spacious oak sushi & cocktail bar. The ambiance is relaxed and cool and I couldn't wait to try the menu offerings. The restaurant serves authentic Thai and Japanese food, including sushi. I am a fan of all of it and since I live in the "burbs" of Atlanta, I am always thrilled to discover a restaurant in the OTP that has some serious culinary chops. Sometimes you find the best and most compelling food where you least expect it. Word!






Neo Tokyo Roll


























Dirty Vegan Roll























We started off our meal with some fantastic sushi, including these tasty rolls, "signature micro makimono" {basically smaller versions of special rolls}:

Siam City Roll — Tuna, Tilapia, ground roasted rice, mint, topped with white tuna, jalapeño, tobiko, with a chili, lime and fish sauce emulsion

Neo Tokyo Roll — Seasoned fresh Tuna rolled and flash fried topped with a Spot Prawn and Kani Wasabi Salad with a buttery aioli

Dirty Vegas Roll — Sweet and spicy Eel, avocado and cucumber topped with spicy, creamy Tuna and spicy aioli


Honestly, it was hard to choose my favorite, they were all amazing, lip-smacking good. They each were so different and paired with unique sauces. I can seriously go to town on some good sushi, so I am looking forward to going back to try more sushi rolls here! My husband loves sushi, so I can't wait for him to join me next time.



Our gracious host and chef/owner, Nick Chompoonich, treated us to a sake sampling along with our sushi. I really know very little about sake and Nick schooled us a bit about how it's made, the difference between hot and cold sake, and how the complexities of sake change depending on production. Like wine or beer, different types of sake pair well with different foods. 
I enjoyed the sake....it was surprisingly light and floral. Would love to learn and try more.

The restaurant has recently added big noodle bowls to their menu and we got to try the Yellow Curry Noodles {Kuay Toeo Khag} with beef, yellow curry, coconut, coriander, cardamom, and turmeric. It also had hard boiled eggs and delicious noodles. I hope they keep this one on the menu.....it was super yummy and had an exotic taste that was unfamiliar to me. So good. Thanks for surprising me chef.


We sampled three entrees from the menu, including the ever-popular and favorite Thai noodle dish,  Pad Thai. 
We also tasted:

Red Curry with Shrimp — Made from dried red chilies and coconut milk, with bamboo shoots, red and green bell peppers, fresh basil
Holy Basil Thai Style — Ground chicken breast sautéed in a robust spicy holy basil sauce with green beans, peppers and fresh basil leaves.  Topped with a thai style fried egg, and chili lime dipping sauce.

Red Curry with Shrimp




Holy Basil Thai Style
Our meal finished with a very traditional Thai dessert, Mango Sticky Rice. Rice cooked with coconut milk and topped with a warm coconut sauce and fresh mango. Always a winner and this version was pure unadulterated comfort food. In fact, the whole meal was comforting to me. I left with a warm heart and happy belly. 
I can't wait to go back and you know I will drive for good food. 
Grateful for such a lovely and tasty evening.

Mango and Sticky Rice
 If you are craving some delicious, authentic Thai food and some first-class sushi, do yourself a favor and head up to Kennesaw to visit Fuji Hana Thai Peppers. You won't regret it.

Fuji Hana Thai Peppers Restaurant
2606 George Busbee Parkway NW
Kennesaw, GA  30144
{these hardworking folks are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner}
Check out their full menu here!


Disclosure: My meal was complimentary {thank you to Chef Nick and The Rosen Group}, but my thoughts and opinions are all me.

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