The good definitely outweighs the bad for this hole-in-the-wall sushi spot.
This past Thursday, a friend and I went to Blufish Sushi & Grill on a whim, and I’m happy to report that I was quite pleased with this spot. If you’re looking for sushi near campus (especially now that Umai Sushi has ceased to exist), look no further—let me take you through the highlights and lowlights.
First and foremost, the sushi at Blufish is both high quality and reasonably priced. There’s a wide variety to choose from, ranging from a basic California or avocado roll for $3.75 to signature rolls that range anywhere from $12.95 to $15.50.
Of course, there are a variety of options in between these two extremes. The menu has deluxe rolls for $6 and up along with premium rolls for $9 and up. The restaurant also offers sides like miso soup, fried rice, bento boxes (both lunch and dinner) and a variety of entrees, appetizers and salads.
I got a salmon and avocado roll and their deluxe “yummy” roll. I was pleased with both and my friend, who got a Philly roll, a crazy salmon roll and a super Philly roll was also very happy with her order.
Along with the quality food is a nice interior and mellow atmosphere. The wooden walls give the restaurant a cozy vibe, and the plants (despite being fake) add a nice touch. The restaurant is also very clean.
If you don’t own a car, getting to Blufish is a 25 minute walk from campus. However, if you know someone who can drive (or if you have a car yourself), the restaurant is only a five minute drive down Citrus Ave.
If you have allergies, Blufish is quite accommodating. My friend is allergic to shellfish, and after letting our server know her situation, he made sure that her food was safe to consume and that the kitchen would clean all their utensils before preparing her food.
While I don’t have an allergy, I do have a gluten sensitivity. Although the menu doesn’t label which rolls are gluten free, I asked my server about specific ingredients and had them left off the roll (such as eel sauce and crunchy bits). If you are gluten free, be sure to bring your own soy sauce or tamari because Blufish does not carry any sauce alternatives. Just be sure you remember to bring your bottle home—unlike me.
My only complaint about Blufish is that our server wasn’t very attentive. He didn’t come back to the table to check on us, and we also had to wait a bit for the check. Thankfully, the restaurant is small enough that getting your server’s attention isn’t too difficult.
Overall, I recommend checking this spot out for your next date — friend or otherwise. It’s casual, cozy and for the most part, fuss-free.