Bluefin Japanese Restaurant & Lounge – San Jose, CA

DK was in the neighbourhood, and before catching the hockey game w Meep, we went out to grab a bite. Bluefin is conveniently a 2 min walk away~

Bluefin opened across the road, right after we moved in to our new place in San Jose. The lounge is always packed before a Shark’s game but it is fairly quiet for the most part.

The happy hour is really popular with our neighbours; with 2 happy hours a day (one before dinner and one after 10pm).

Menu is fairly extensive; with a nice selection of appetisers, sushi, specialty rolls, sashimi, entrees and desserts.

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We ordered:

Mango Salmon $15

Salmon sashimi, fresh mango & avocado w yuzu infused ponzu sauce.

I believe the salmon in the centre is from the belloy – extra fatty and really good! The sashimi was amazing on its own – fatty, firm, sweet and melted in my mouth. I was skeptical about the mango, but when I took a bite of mango with the salmon – it was pretty good. It shouldn’t work but it does, the mango slices were thick, sweet with a little acidity for the fish. The sauce was not bad too… Reminiscent of mango w spicy sweet soy I used to eat as a kid.

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Caterpillar roll $10

Shrimp tempura, crab & avocado.

This was actually really good. Shrimp tempura, crab & avocado = can’t go wrong roll. The shrimp was nice and crispy. There was also a good ratio of crab mixed w mayo, shrimp, rice and avocado.
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Shark’s Big Bite $16

Spicy yellowtail, unagi, avocado, tobiko, jalapeno & sour cream.

OK, so menu said unagi but there was no unagi in this – it was topped with yellowtail sashimi.

Meh. I was not crazy about the Jalapenos and whatever was in the centre of the roll was too mushy. it wasn’t bad but I probably would not order again.

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Philadelphia Roll $7.50

Smoked salmon, philadelphia cream cheese and avocado.

I was not crazy about this roll. The smoke salmon was ok but the cream cheese was really tangy and just really weird. But I have never been a fan of philly rolls but this just had so much cream cheese.

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Sashimi Moriwase $28

Shiro Maguro (Albacore Tuna), Maguro (Bluefin Tuna), Ankimo (Monkfish Liver), Sake (Salmon), Saba (Mackerel), Amaebi (Sweet Shrimp), Hamachi (Yellowtail)

I expected more choices or better options considering it was the “chef;s choice sashimi plate” and not just what i get in the regular chirashi bowl – but I guess that was the “best selection” today.

That being said, the monkfish liver & amaebi was one of the best I have had and the quality of all sashimi was really really good. The monkfish liver was creamy with a hint of “metallic” aftertaste but was quite rich and delicious. The amaebi was really sweet and felt like it was disintegrating in my mouth before I even started chewing. The crispy amaebi head was delicious and packed w yummy “brain”.

The hamachi & albacore tuna was my next favourites – really firm and plain amazing.

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Extras:

2 cokes @ $2.90 each

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Total Damage: $110 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Pretty Darn good)

I have been here a handful of times, and other than the offerings in their Happy Hour menu, I was quite satisfied with the regular menu. Food is consistently fresh and pretty tasty albeit  a tad pricey. I don’t care much for the rolls I have tried on both visits (First visit), but the sashimi and entrees were good.

Service was very attentive without being too “intrusive”. Food was served shortly after ordering, plates cleared once empty and refills were offered.

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Bluefin Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

754 The Alameda
Ste 10
San Jose, CA 95126

(408) 931-6875

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