Sushi Blue is located in the strip of shops on the 100 block of Pasadena, right off of Nicholasville Road. The outside is trendy with the neon sign and pretty entrance. The restaurant has about 15 tables although the night we went there was only one server working. This resulted in slow service and a little difficulty getting attention when it was needed.
The sushi menu is large and varied. There are many combinations of sushi is the “Blue Specialty Rolls” with entertaining names although the questionably named “Atomic Bomb Roll” left some of us with an unsure reaction.
This first platter was my dinner. Ok…. I shared with others although I didn’t want to. The roll in the back is the “Mafia Roll” ($13.75) filled with salmon, avocado, and yellowtail. The spicy mayo on top had quite the kick to it of which we were warned with the two red peppers on the menu next to it. The fried roll under it is the “Tiger Eyes Roll” ($10.25) with contained salmon, tuna, and avocado. The roll with the decoration sticking out (why do they feel the need to make things three-dimensional?) was the stand-out to me. It is the “Super Blue Roll” ($9.75) which had shiitake, kampyo, radish, cucumber, asparagus, with bell pepper and avocado on top. The beautiful top of this roll allowed me to taste with my eyes, a specialty of Japanese food preparation. It lived up to its beauty on the palate.
We also had the spicy tuna roll ($6.75) that offered some texture with cucumber. This cucumber was a welcome addition because the tuna itself had been over-processed. The white tuna nigiri ($2.50 each piece), salmon nigiri ($2.50 each piece), and yellowtail nigiri ($3.25 each piece) were all quite tasty with the sushi rice well seasoned with the hint of sweet that sets good sushi rice apart from others.
This second platter included the Boston Roll (tuna and avocado; $7.25), Alaskan Roll (salmon, cucumber, and avocado; $7.75), and spicy tuna. The pretty roll with the yellow is a vegetable roll ($6.75) which was pretty much the “Super Blue Roll” described above without the shiitake. Under that is the “Ocean Peacock Roll” ($13.75) with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna on the inside topped with salmon, tuna, and avocado. White tuna nigiri finished off this plate.
Outside of sushi, there were noodle and fried rice dishes available. Both of the ramen dishes included cheese, something not associated with Japanese cuisine. I love ramen but I will not be trying either of these. Appetizers included the usual seaweed salad, octopus salad, shumai, and tempura among others.
I enjoyed a large warm sake ($8) that was at a good temperature when it got to the table and elicited the usual face and goosebumps that I enjoy.
Part of our order never made it to the table but it didn’t appear on the check so there was no argument about that. I was pretty bummed to miss out on ikura, one of my favorites.
All in all, I found Sushi Blue similar in taste to all other sushi restaurants in town. The one roll that was better than the others, the vegetable Super Blue Roll, is not enough to entice me to return here instead of my usual haunt where they know me. Dinner for 5 was $147.95 before tax and tip. Sushi Blue was on the slightly more expensive side than other places in town. As mentioned before, service was slow with dinner taking almost 2 hours from sitting to leaving but there was a request on the front door for servers and cooks to inquire within so hopefully that will improve the overall flow.