Food Porn: Blue Fin Asian Bistro

I thought I had a pretty good idea of what Blue Fin Asian Bistro would already be like before we even stepped into the restaurant.  I remember walking by their windows and seeing the menu with several different types of Asian cuisine.  I had this idea of a blah interior with a huge menu of subpar asian food, maybe it was because the word ‘bistro’ was in the title.  But I had heard some pretty decent things about the restaurant and when we walked in last week, I was shocked with how nice the interior was.  They have a cool modern decor with really nice dim lighting; a really nice place to go for a date or just a hang out with some Sapporo and sushi.

Since Alli and I have started our “wedding diets” (5 months and counting) we are going to be featuring restaurants that offer more healthy options.  We decided to start with some sushi, here’s how our meal went…

We started our meal off with some Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps as an appetizer.  It came as a bowl of simple ground chicken with some pine nuts, red and green peppers and green onion along side a chunk of lettuce.  The iceberg lettuce pieces were a bit small which made it difficult to make the actual wraps, but we made do.  Eventually, we both ended up eating the chicken “filling” with a fork because we ran out of lettuce.  With the cooked peppers, the chicken almost had a sweet taste, definitely a great appetizer to share.

We decided to split three sushi rolls between us.  We opted for the Alaskan Roll (salmon, avocado, cucumber), California Roll and their Spicy Crunchy Crab roll (pictured above from top to bottom).  The rolls run about $4 to $5 each, so similiar pricing to their competitor down the street: Wasabi.  For both the Alaskan and California Roll I was impressed with the freshness of the cucumber/avocado.  The avocado especially just melted into the roll and gave each bite this amazing creamy feel that was paired with crunch of the cucumber.  The salmon was decent and the shredded crab in the Spicy Crunchy Roll wasn’t too bad but not as spicy/flavorful as we had a Sakura.  Overall, the sushi was pretty good and considering it’s some of the cheapest in the area, it’s a pretty good deal.  Was I blown away?  Not really, we’ve had better sushi at other places but this will be a place we may consider anytime were looking for some cheap Sushi to go.

I’d probably go back and try some more sushi or even try out some more off their non-Japanese menu.   I was fairly impressed with the Lettuce Wraps, at least enough to not write off the rest of the menu.  As I said before, the atmosphere inside is definitely ideal for a date or even a break in a happy hour to get some dinner.  If you’re sick of the same old asian restaurants I’d suggest to give them a try, but if you’re in love with Kuni’s/Wasabi/Sakura I don’t see a real good reason to switch it up.
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