Photo by Annie Lomshek
People always say never judge a book by it’s cover, or a restaurant by it’s appearance. Blue Sushi, in Westwood, could have attempted to feed me a live octopus and I would probably be convinced I was eating a gourmet meal no matter how gross that is; good thing they didn’t though.
When I first walked into the restaurant, which is located in Westwood’s new Woodside Village North, I was greeted by a giant picture of a Japanese woman surrounded by native birds. There were flat screen TV’s towering above the sushi bar with boomerang videos of all the sea creatures I was about to devour; the walls had lanterns hanging from all heights, I mean too much is never enough in this case.
After my waiter took the time to review the menu with me, hoping to guarantee I would have a satisfactory experience my first time dining at the restaurant. I decided to start with mango crab rangoons and spicey edamame. “Your rangoons and edamame will be out shortly,” my waiter said. Rangoons, I had never heard that abbreviation, but I loved it.
Just like the waiter said, my entrees were delivered within five minutes. The spicy edamame was to soggy for my liking and not actually spicy. On the other hand my “rangoon” was drizzled in mango sauce and was extra crispy; I was a fan.
My sushi came out next, I ordered the Lion King, a raw roll with avocado, crab, cucumber, spicy salmon, eel sauce and
spicy mayo. The mayo was fried so it crunched every bite you took which added to the
overall appeal. My second roll was Hotel Cali. It was not a raw roll and consisted of fried tempura, salmon, crab, and mango. If you are sensing a pattern I am a fan of mango, but I thought their use of them in their dishes was a nice touch of fresh and sweet in contrast to the seafood.
Although I was only three blocks from home it felt like a world away from Kansas City. The Blue Sushi and Saki Bar had a definite modern, upbeat vibe. I think it would be a great place to enjoy a KC night out.