Bluefin, Newport Beach in Photos
I've been a fan of Abe for several years now. And naturally I was a tad disappointed when he sold his place on the peninsula to open Bluefin. I dined at Bluefin right after it opened and was let down a bit; something was missing. However I recently went back for lunch and am happy to report that the old Abe I remember is back.
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Abe's my favorite spot for Japanese food; would have gone there more frequently if it wasn't so darn far. So I guess they increased the lunch omakase price by $5 (think it was $30 when we went 4-5 months ago). Still an excellent value for the quality of food you get.
The interesting thing about the omakase is that the selection is different every time we went. Yours looked completely different than the ones we got in our 2 previous visits.
Last time they also have a seared foie gras special that was to die for.
Another excellent post Kevin! Your photos make my mouth water and I do agree that for $35 that's a great deal on lunch omakase.
No wonder Bluefin made it as the top Ultimate OC Restaurant for 2006.
Just went there again this weekend. Hubbie had the omakase - he liked it but I thought the previous ones were better. Still a great bargain.
I ordered the foie gras again and also a tempura. Had to say I was really disappointed in the tempura and the rice they served with it. Somehow my neighborhood Jubei had a nicer version. Abe's tempura was way too heavy and doughy and not crispy enough, and I don't like the texture of the rice.
We love the flight of sake - very good way to sample different types.
Next time we go down again I'll have to stick with raw fish - the yellowtail served with the omakase was just great.