Dining Detectives: Blowfish Sushi To Die For – San Francisco
Blowfish Sushi To Die For has been open for over 15 years in San Francisco serving Japanese Fusion Cuisine with European and California influences. Executive Chef Ritsuo Tsuchida who is originally from Japan, recently saw the palates of his customers start to change and decided to revise the menu keeping “Favorites” but adding new menu items to stay ahead of the curve. The restaurant features an exhibition Sushi Bar where you can dine and watch the Sushi Chefs prepare your meal. You can also watch both classic and animated Japanese Movies on the flat screen behind them. There is a welcoming Bar with table seating that offers cocktails, Sake, wine and beer. The main dining room is spacious and there is outdoor seating weather permitting. We enjoyed the edgy art paintings by Lee Harvey Roswell on the walls throughout the restaurant. Sunday thru Thursday you can enjoy a live DJ spinning ultra contemporary indie-electro music.
We arrived early for our reservation and enjoyed cocktails at the bar. We loved both the Drunken Goose made with Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germaine and Prosecco which was ultra smooth and the Kosmos made with Kettle One Vodka, ginger, lime, pom and triple sec which was very lively! We were seated and our first course was the ever popular Fanny Bay Fire Oysters which were fire roasted, then grilled with pesto, melted jack cheese, wasabi tobiko and a drop of Tabasco.
Another unique appetizer with fabulous presentation was the Pyramid of Tartare made with fresh tuna, salmon and avocado with a side of honey tartar and sweet ginger sauce served with house made potato chips. We loved the spicy Fiery Bincyo Sashimi which was seared albacore topped with sriracha bits, flash fried jalapeno chilies and spicy ponzu. Lastly, the delicate Halibut Crudo which is thinly sliced halibut drizzled with truffle oil and mango salsa with wasabi and American Caviar was delightful. The entrée that we loved was the Black Cod which was marinated in saiko miso on top of shemji mushroom risotto which came with a small salad. The cod melted in your mouth and the risotto was perfect! The 2009 Sonoma County MacMurray Pinot Gris paired perfectly with the entrée.
We saved room for desserts and they do take their desserts very seriously. The Zen Garden Kyo style green tea cheesecake with green ice cream and matcha sauce was delicious and the Olitalian Parfait made with layers of creamy mascarpone, genoise cake, crunchy bits of sable, topped with fresh blueberries frothy raspberry puree and blood orange sorbet was decadent and absolutely beautiful! Dragon Cracker Green Tea finished off our delightful dinner perfectly. Blowfish Sushi To Die For continues to lead the way with cutting edge Japanese Fusion cuisine and has an upbeat fun atmosphere! We look forward to returning soon.
Carol & Joe Davis
Blowfish Sushi To Die For
2170 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110