About this time last year, I was getting pretty worried about Blue Fin. The expansion of the dining room, with no expansion of the kitchen or sushi bar was translating to an often chaotic, hit-or-miss experience.
But they seem to have worked out the kinks. In the past three or four months, I haven't had a single sub-par experience there. The sushi has been cut well, the staff is again friendly and efficient, and the quality of the food has been reliably high, even during their busiest rushes.
I have to say I'm relieved, as well as a little surprised. Having eaten here once every week or two since the late 90s, it was starting to look like my go-to neighborhood sushi place was past its prime. But despite the fancier dishware, slightly higher prices, and increased volume, Blue Fin is back to its old self. It doesn't have the subtle elegance of Oishii or the vicious perfection of O Ya (nor does it have their stratospheric prices), but I'm very happy to say it will remain my favorite restaurant around town for reliable, unpretentious Japanese fare.