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December, 2008, Page 153
Golden Gate roll
the fresh seafood and pretty surroundings might be enough to hook sushi lovers on this new westside joint.
Though you can get basic strip-mall sushi in virtually every corner of the Valley, I prefer swankier spots where you can enjoy your rolls with ambience.
While not quite yet a “destination” sushi joint to make people travel from afar, blu Sushi is a classy option for west-siders looking for a fun evening out. It has a modern yet relaxed vibe, full of dark wood, candles and an open feel, but with a cozy lounge section if you want to really chill.
The place is in the heart of Litchfield Park across the street from the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa. The owners also own the Wigwam Golf Course, but the businesses aren’t affiliated.
The area isn’t known for its nightlife, but the bar scene here can be lively. Other strengths at blu Sushi are the freshness of the merchandise (I’ve had a lot of stinky sushi elsewhere lately) and the sheer number of rolls.
Baked lobster tail roll ($15) was covered in chunks of the sweet meat. The baked Golden Gate roll ($15), with shrimp, avocado, cucumber, crab and paper-thin lemon slices, had an orchestra of flavors accented nicely by the kiss of citrus. I loved the King crab and asparagus roll ($18), too.
I wasn’t fond of the Phoenix Suns roll ($18), named for the halo of bright orange masago (eggs), because the scallops tasted a bit fishy – but that’s the only thing I had here that did.
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