JM ate the honey walnut shrimp with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the twice cooked pork with black bean special.
Ross ate the cashew chicken with a Sam Adams.
Samantha ate the penang curry with chicken and a sake.
We split some crab rangoon.
The bill was $75, or $18.75/person, plus tip.
JM and Ross gave Fugu an A; Nichole gave Fugu an A-; Samantha gave Fugu a B+ (see our grading rubric).
Fugu has garnered local praise for trying to stay true to its roots and not dumb down its Szechuan menu for the masses. When we went for dinner on a Monday in late July, well after one would think their opening jitters had been smoothed over, there were still small issues with timing (our four entrees arrived over a quarter-hour span) and acoustics (unfortunately for us, the TV with tiki top was tuned to Family Guy). They also seemed to be doing some electrical work in the dining room in the middle of service, which was odd.
Despite these challenges, our meal was worth putting on the "destination" list. We started with our customary, unapologetic order of crab rangoon. These had a hefty, thick wrapper, pinched into charming pinwheels, and were stuffed liberally with a lightly sweet filling of imitation crab.
Nichole opted for a special off the board, the twice cooked pork with black bean sauce. Pieces of fatty pork - basically bacon - were mingled with fresh bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions in a gingery sauce with a good afterkick. The meat lent the dish an earthy, smoky flavor.
JM anted up with the honey walnut shrimp. It had an excellent sweet flavor with very fresh and plentiful broccoli. Ten big shrimp in a very light tempura batter made for a filling and well-presented meal. The sauce, however, was the star, accented by coconut and candied walnuts.
Fugu basically proved to us that there's not much reason to mourn over the demise of Yummy Buffet in that space, even if it does mess up our A to Z assonance.