Finally decided to goto the Japanese restaurant and Sake bar: Blowfish. It seems to be one of those really 'in' restaurants right now, so be prepared to make reservations about a week before a Friday or Weekend night.
First visual impressions were simply astounding. It takes the minimalist aesthetic, with subdued lighting, lots of clean and sharp metal and wood. It's quite beautiful. The bar and the restaurant are seperated by a metal divider.
We started with the orange & black roll(13), which had salmon, mango, avocado, and roe. It was excellent, with the mango adding a bit more uniqueness to the traditional Japanese roll.
For the main, I had the grilled beef tenderloin with a vinegar sauce, as well as squash and some sort of crispy vegetable. My friends had the duck breast, and the grilled miso cod. The presentation for all three were beautiful. The food itself, was done well, but the flavors themselves seemed a bit conventional. The beef was like most other Japanese presentations, with the sauce being a good, but simple vinegar solution that adds a bit of sour influence to the sweetness of the squash.
My friends' sentiments towards the food was the same- excellent presentation but food itself was fairly conventional to other Japanese restaurants.
Portions are fairly small, and we aren't big eaters. Be prepared to order some of the interesting sides. I ordered the mashed sweet potato, which was perfectly smooth and creamy and had a hint of wasabi mixed in. We also ordered the sweet potato chips to share, and they were good as well, sliced very thin and baked uniformly well.
We went on a busy Friday night. Our server was a bit scarce at times, and the food took longer than I'd like to wait. The waitress however, was very pleasant and amiable.
Conclusions- Will go back, but probably not for the hot mains. There were hot appetizers and many more rolls that looked good. Sake martinis are like nothing else. I feel that the place is a bit overpriced, with the mains being as small as they are (with fairly conventional ingredients).