Just wanted to share a nice experience of a new and underrated restaurant in Columbus, OH. As a big fan of sushi and higher end seafood restaurants, plus "asian fusion" in general I was quite excited when I heard that local restauranteur Paul Liu had opened this restaurant in the beautiful new Short North Arts district.
Visited by myself and my sister on New Years eve 2007, I couldn't have been more happy with the choice. From the beautiful bar with a nicely priced menu of unique martinis to the elegant restaurant with a running river and aquariums and the stylish and attentive waiters, the restaurant LOOKS and FEELS great.
The Food....well, it speaks for itself. The endless breadbowl of fried and boiled dumplings with BabaGanoush was excellent, the sushi was tender and fresh with a Buckeye Roll that is the best version of this dish in the city, the unagi was well grilled without too much sauce, the hamachi was quality, and even the salmon was smooth and consistant....rare in Columbus.
For our meals, my sister ordered the stuffed flounder topped with crab and along with the enormous portion, the dish was flavorful and rich. I opted for the seafood stew with clams, calamari, shrimp, and crayfish in a garlic broth with glass noodles and vegetables and was very much impressed.....much better than the seafood stew option at the Fish Market. It is rare that a restaurant serves such quality food in such large portions.
As the dessert menu was rather mediocre and both Jenni's and Mojoe lounge are a short walk, we did not opt for dessert at Bluefish but instead had a Buckeye Bomb from Mojoe with a scoop of Black Coffee Icecream from Jenni's.
If it weren't for the uninspired desserts, this would be my first "5-star" restaurant in Columbus, but alas it will settle for 4 stars until it comes up with something as innovative as Nobu's Green-Tea-ramisu, Koi's Red Bean Cheesecake or Social House's Lotus Blossom and Cherry Mochi.
Next up I do believe I need to experience Rosendales and M.