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Re: “Blue Fin Sushi Bar

I'm not certain why they chose to put the entrance in the alley but that's where you'll find it. Otherwise, you will have to walk through the kitchen to get to the restaurant which isn't the preferred way to start off any dining excursion. The dining room itself has a similar intimate lounge-y feel as the upstairs of Kamehachi. The room is mostly red and black with interesting tapestries breaking up the wall space. The dim lighting suggests the current trend for the restaurant/club experience. Our server was attentive for the most part but we seemed to lose her interest when others walked in. Serving the miso in a covered cup is a clever idea. The sushi was fresh and in sizable pieces but presentation of the meal itself needs polishing. A few pieces of the dragon roll fell apart before it was served. Ponzu sauce ran off the rimless plate and onto my companion's pants. No one seemed concerned or perhaps it had gone unnoticed. and why no air-conditioning on one of the most humid days of the summer? C'est la vie. This is a good place for reasonably priced sushi if you are not too concerned about presentation or consistent service - a Shiroi Hana or No Hana in a hipper atmosphere.

Posted by dersu uzala on 07/24/2001 at 9:02 AM

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