Redditor EFCFrost didn't have the makings of a great 29th birthday. He had just been transferred to a strange city: Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition, he had abruptly been given full custody of his 7-year-old autistic son, and had gotten a flat tire and a parking ticket on his first day at his new job. Needless to say, he was stressed af. So to treat himself, he ordered delivery sushi, morosely adding "Happy birthday to me?" along with the fact that he had just moved there in the comments. But if he expected any acknowledgement to his cry for help, he never expected what he saw when his order arrived.
When he brought the food inside, he found that the restaurant, called Fujiyama, had prepared a special birthday order containing extra helpings of the seaweed salad and miso soup he had ordered. But that wasn't all. There was also a special birthday gift just for him.
When he opened it up, he was even more shocked.
It was a sushi pizza! What's a sushi pizza? Good question. It's a round patty of fried rice covered with sushi toppings like avocado, raw fish, and roe. It's a staple of traditional Canadian-style Japanese cuisine, apparently. It may be weird, but that doesn't detract from the sweetness of Fujiyama's gesture. And to make it extra-special, they had included a candle on top. Or maybe sushi pizzas always have those – we wouldn't know. (They don't, the restaurant just happened to have a candle.)
The birthday boy was so touched by the gesture that he openly wept over his concoction. His son helped him light the candle, and the two shared a once-in-a-lifetime birthday after all. Meanwhile, EFCFrost posted the whole thing on Reddit, where it went viral. He also included a special message for the restaurant's staff:
Thanks Fujiyama! Your food and birthday surprise was awesome and you've got yourself a new regular customer now.
But perhaps the most meaningful comment was from Fujiyama owner Chris Lin, who told the CBC,
I didn't think that much about it.