Blue Sushi Sake Grill doesn’t make you feel so blue


When I thought of sushi I thought of raw fish covered in slimy seaweed, but I quickly learned that is not always the case.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill in the Old Market has features for everyone to enjoy, from setting to delicious food, Blue has a lot to offer. The restaurant has two levels. The first level is set up for more of a family dinner. The level was nicely decorated and quiet. When I walked up a few flights of stairs, I entered the lounge where the scene was completely transformed.

The lounge scene is for a more laid back social event. Music was playing, and red lights lit up the bar making it unique. Not only do they have chairs and tables upstairs, they also have couches that guests are invited to eat their meals on, positioned in front of little tables with asian graphics.

This was my first time eating sushi and I had no idea what to expect. I sat there contemplating the menu, not knowing what I would and wouldn’t like. Preparing for the worst, I planned on going out later for chinese takeout, but my grandpa and I were in for a pleasant surprise.

For first time Sushi eaters, this is the perfect place to go. This was my first time ever trying sushi so I had a lot of trouble choosing my items. Luckily our waitress was very patient and explained everything we had questions on. After looking at the menu for quite some time, we decided on the Tan Roll, Cali Roll and a Sake Roll, all of which were great.

The rolls we ordered had completely different tastes. The Tan roll was sweet, the Cali roll was salty, and the Sake roll was a little spicy. The Tan roll consisted of smoked salmon wrapped in seaweed and rice covered in eel sauce. The Salmon was soft and the sweetness of the eel sauce brought out the flavor of the salmon.

If you are a little uneasy about eating raw fish the Tan or the Cali roll would be a good choice. The Cali roll had avocado, crab meat, cucumber, and cream cheese. Normally I’m not a fan of avocados or cucumbers, but in this it was delicious. There wasn’t too much and the textures of the ingredients went well together. The Sake roll was just raw salmon wrapped in rice. The thought of eating an uncooked fish didn’t appear to be very satisfying, but it was. To my surprise it wasn’t slimy. The fish itself was not overpowering and when dipped in soy sauce, was even better.

Most of the time you have to pay a pretty penny for some good sushi, but at Blue, Happy Hour is from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Happy Hour means half priced appetizers and sushi.

I recommend Blue to anyone who loves sushi, or those wanting to try something different. For a good experience and meal for an exceptional price, head downtown to Blue.

416 South 12th Street
Monday- Thursday: 11am- midnight
Friday & Saturday: 11am- 2am
Sunday: 12pm- 10pm

Ashley Quintela
Hitting the Runway Blogger and West Wind Features Editor