Blue Water Grill was booked for the night so I stuck with the blue theme and made my way to Blue Fin tonight. The place is much less offensive than I've heard. The whole place has a good energy albeit more South Beach hip than NY. Sitting upstairs with a pleasant jazz trio playing made for a much less calming experience than the cacophany of the lower level bar scene.
Aside from a major fit from a fishbone phobic father we had a great meal complemented by a very understanding server. A special appetizer of cucumber yogurt soup with (barely there) calamari and scallops was the sole let-down as it was totally one dimension of cucumber without any yogurt zing.
My wife and I stuck to the raw portion of the menu. Starting with a half dozen of fat Canadian oysters(two Fanny Bay and the others unknown).
They were just perfect, fresh and carrrying the essence of the sea.
The sushi bar isn't just an afterthought here as I've heard they brought in a well known sushi chef from SF. The rolls were all well thought out flavor combinations especially the tuna with thai-chili vinigarette and the wild salmon with asian pear braced with sake. Two nigiri-style uni were ultra-fresh as well. The sushi platter arrived with a swirl of both a cilantro and chili based dipping sauce.
The other entrees ordered were all well received. The cumin spiked charred tuna was the beefiest looking tuna I've ever seen. Thick rectangles of perfectly cooked fish rubbed with spices atop a bed of vegetables. Sauteed Wild sea bass was meltingly rich and came atop a nice pile of shrimp and asparagus risotto.
They handled my dad's fit with ease and comped his meal and brought two free desserts! Quite a thoughtful operation, I'd highly recomend it to please fussy family members and still feel pretty fabulous in the tres chic surroundings.