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Bluefish, Delray Beach

We were really looking forward to a new restaurant on Atlantic Ave. Oh well, another disappointment. From the moment we walked in, I had a bad feeling. Hostesses were rude and could not figure out where to seat anybody, although the restaurant was empty. The main focus of this Japanese restaurant is sushi. We are major sushi lovers and have eaten at the best sushi restaurants in Manhattan. The sushi here was totally inedible. Not only did it taste bad, it looked strange. The tuna was so dark, it looked like it had been injected with some sort of dye. The salmon tasted like it had been frozen - it was mushy. Even the edamame wasn't cooked properly and the soup was cold. I could go on and on. I haven't felt this turned off by a restaurant in a long time. If you must eat sushi in Delray Beach, then try the Sake Room - it is much better, but not great.

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  1. LifeIsGood.I'm so sorry about your experience......I live in Lake Worth......10 miles north of Delray. I am so Leery about new Sushi restaurants. I have had such bad suchi myself that it makes one wonder. Trust me.. That restaurant won't be there in a month...

    1. What a shame...thanks for sharing, I love sushi and love to try new places...will definitely skip this one...ewww....Have you tried Sushi Yoshi in West Boca? I have nothing but good things about it, but haven't gotten there yet.

      1. Ahh yes, Bluefish. It's in one of those spots some of us locals call "jinxed". This location sees a new restaurant just about every 6 months! For whatever reason, none of them last. Delray has a few spots like this... the building right next to the RR tracks... the place next to Elwoods ("Aspen Jacks" at the moment). Meanwhile, they are virtually surrounded on all sides by long-lasting and jam-packed restaurants (City Oyster, Sazio, 32 East, Tramonti, Louie Louie, etc etc)!

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        1. re: CFByrne

          the place next to Elwoods does seem jinxed but I guess there is the problem of the railroad which really isn't a problem if you are at Elwoods, the narrow sidewalk which means no tables outside - again not a problem for Elwoods, and the fact that Elwoods is next door which is noisy and seems to make some people nervous due to the bikers and rockers!! Me, I love Elwoods and go there fairly regularly.

          1. re: CFByrne

            I know that location is jinxed, so I am not quite sure why we decided to try Blue Fish. It makes no sense - it's really a great space. We are so tired of eating at the same restaurants on Atlantlic Ave. Have you tried Joseph's wine bar on 2nd Ave.? The food is really good.

          2. This is so weird?! I was just looking at their website and was going to post at CH if somebody had been there yet..... Guess, not going to go to Blue Fish.... The website looked good... Guess we stick to Blue Fin in Boca, a little drive but it has always been solid!

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            1. re: chefschickie

              I agree.So many restaurants, and other businesses for that matter, have come and gone on Atlantic. I think the rent is super high that it's hard to make ends meet. I really enjoyed "Phyllis G's Enigma" on North Federal.

              1. re: HotMelly

                it's not too surprising that many restaurants don't last on Atlantic, as you say hotmelly rents are high and the snowbird and tourist season has got shorter and shorter. I noticed that this year was quieter than last which was quieter than the one before. Not once have we waited for tables anywhere or driven round for ages looking to park. The recession is hitting here and people are going out less and spending less. We have taken to going out for a drink rather than a meal or going to a chain and having a cheaper meal more often than the big fancy dinners.

                1. re: HotMelly

                  i went to "Phyllis G's Enigma" last night and was really disappointed with the service and in this economy that will not float a boat much less a business. Because this was my first time there I will listen to others who may have had a good time there however
                  1 never tell your guest it is on the house then had them a bill then add money to that bill without talking to the guest first
                  2 if you are out of many things on your menu that night maybe especially if you have had a good weekend(good for them btw) maybe take five minutes and i cannot imagine (based on amount of customers that were there) print a Sunday menu to add to your menu. we tried to order Not once Not Twice but Four different things that were not available. I hate giving bad reviews in this economy it really has to suck for me to piss and moan but the food was good not great and at least if service is good and food is available at a resto I could look passed some things not worth my time

              2. Bluefish . . . perhaps higher end for Texas, where the chain originated. South Florida diners have higher expectations as many move between NY area and Florida and have the opportunity to dine at some of the best sushi restaurants. Average food at best with a poor sake selection on my visit. The space is attractive and may do well as Boca tends to go for style over substance in many cases. It takes over from Saki Room and Kyoto as the new leader in style over substance. For better sushi and sake . . . Sushi Jo on PGA, Sushi Blues in Hollywood, Daimatsu in Royal Palm, Jewel Bako in New York.

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                1. re: themaddiner

                  I've heard it's run is nearly over . . . from unofficial sources. I won't be sad to see it gone.

                  1. re: themaddiner

                    I agree and am not surprised. I wish someone would open a great Chinese or Mexican restaurant, although that space seems to be jinxed. Uncle Tai's should open a Delray location.

                    1. re: themaddiner

                      Have you tried CUT 432? We have eaten there three times. The food was excellent.

                      1. re: LifeisGood58

                        I have not been to CUT yet but I did have an underwhelming experience at Vertical. I'm fairly knowledgeable about wine while my dining companion knows cheese (worked at Artisinal in NYC). We were not impressed by the high pressure wine sales technique, wine temperature or the cheese plate. That was my first and last visit to Vertical. A family member has really enjoyed both Vertical and now CUT. I may check it out for apps. and atmosphere at some point. Let me add that I'm not a serious meat eater so that appeal is lost on me.

                        1. re: themaddiner

                          I believe that Vertical in Boca is closed.

                          1. re: RickL

                            I'm aware of that. I mentioned Vertical as it is the same team who own/run CUT 432.

                  2. This is so funny that there are so many bad comments about this restaurant. Me and my friends went there the other night and we really loved everything. The sushi and the music, everything was great. Their Sake was amazing and the staff was really helpful and knew a lot about sushi. Maybe you went there on a bad night!!!! I had a great time there and I think people should go there and judge it for themselfs. I loved the restaurane and I like Saki-room too. Definitively there are cool restaurants in Delray Beach and Blue Fish is one of them!

                    1. Blue Fish certainly isn't NOBU . . . if you believe Saki Room and Kyoto are good you will probably enjoy Blue Fish. If you've experienced superior sushi and service such as Nobu, Jewel Bako etc. you will not be impressed by the food, service or Sake selection.

                      1. FYI - I have been to Nobu numerous times in NY, as well as Miami and Vegas (have you?). Do you actually think that Bluefish compares to Nobu? I have also eaten at a lot of great Japanese restaurants in Manhattan over the course of living there for 20 years. I also started eating sushi over thirty years ago, before anyone I know was eating it. My father traveled to Japan often and loved eating sushi. When the first sushi restaurant opened in our area, Fort Lee, NJ (large Japanese population) we were there and went often. Therefore, to make a long story short, I know good sushi when I eat it. We were at Bluefish with friends that eat sushi weekly in Boston, and had the same reaction. We did not have the Ahi tower, but ordered lots of sushi and various rolls - UGH!!!!!!!!! I don't like Kyoto or Sake Room, but thought Sake Room was a touch better than Bluefish. Maybe we were there on a bad night, but it was so bad, that I can't even imagine trying it again.

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                        1. re: LifeisGood58

                          So LifeisGood58 - what do you like for sushi here in south Florida? Any recommendations say between Ft Lauderdale and West Palm?

                          When we're in the mood for sushi my wife and I regularly go to Daimatsu here in Boca. We also like Fah, Bluefin, and Masamune in Deerfield but Diamatsu is our favorite.

                          1. re: RickL

                            I will have to try some of the ones you mentioned. We don't live in Delray full-time, so when we are there, we tend to stay local. We have eaten at Nobu in Miami - very good. Echo in Palm Beach - good, but not amazing.

                            1. re: LifeisGood58

                              would you say you are a sushi expert? if so, do you eat yours with chopsticks? also, do you mix wasabi with soy?

                            2. We also had a bad experience at Bluefish. It was terrible and almost inedible.

                              Our favorite place by far is Japango in Parkland. Have never had a bad meal and the menu is fabulous. The Toro can't be beat.

                              1. We ate there on Friday and had a very different experience. Our sushi was excellent -- we had japanese snapper, octopus, uni with quail egg, sea eel, black cod, clam, and horse mackerel. It was really delicious and well prepared. Our rolls were much LESS good -- the salmon in one was mushy (obviously farmed). I'm very picky about fish -- so I'd recommend this place with the caveat -- order your fish as sushi or sashimi -- my hunch is the stuff in the rolls is 2nd rate. I will go back, just to retest the quality, and will post.

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                                1. re: zenana

                                  PS: A bit farther north, you can hardly go wrong at either Sushi Joe or Sushi Bon, particularly if you sit at the bar.

                                2. I recently tried bluefish, i moved to florida from va after 20 years. so i have been trying many new restaurants.
                                  and i have to say blue fish is a wonderful restaurant. our server was wonderful, very quick and telling us about the different martinis etc.
                                  we ordered ahi tower as our for our appetizer. it was delicious. had yummy miso soup. shrimp tempura.
                                  we ordered california rolls , salmon rolls, tuna and more.
                                  the dessert we got was berry tower or something like that. it was delicious. we went on a friday nite. the music played by the d.j was great.
                                  over all it's such a fun environment with great service and food. seriously u guyz should try it out. cuz i know i will be soon again :)

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                                  1. re: asianprincess

                                    yikes, if u liked it before, u will like it alot now
                                    they have all you can eat sushi and rolls for 24 bucks per person
                                    and they had new rolls too !!!
                                    there martinis were good, but i liked the sakes way better.

                                  2. Has anybody changed their mind about Blue Fish?

                                    I went to a sushi and sake wine and food pairing event on New Year's Eve. I loved the sushi rolls and appetizers!

                                    Their sake pours were chintzy. That really annoyed me because it was so busy there, the servers were swamped, and they couldn't get the food out to us quickly enough to keep up with the sake pours. It's NYE, people drink, keep it pouring! ;)

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                                    1. re: OysterHo

                                      I have changed my mind. As you can read in Decided to give it another chance after reading and hearing some positive reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. We had sushi, as well as some rolls and they were delicious. I understand they had gotten new chef/chefs. We will definitely be going back.

                                      1. re: LifeisGood58

                                        I here it has been doing good. I have not eaten there yet but I will be DJing there starting tonight every Friday and Saturday night... so I know it will definitely be a good place to come dance and listen to great music!

                                      2. re: OysterHo

                                        I haven't tried this yet but here's a special "summer" Early Bird special. I noticed a LOT of places around town have these now. City Oyster as well for example. It's a good way to test the waters if you're not a real night owl and don't want ot spend a fortune.

                                        ** $2-$5 Tapas Blowout: Sushi and Japanese Cuisine **
                                        The Bluefish Japanese Restaurant

                                        110 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
                                        Everyday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

                                        23 delicious small plates from $2- $5 including favorites such as: rock shrimp popcorn tempura, salmon tare tar, crab potstickers, lots of fresh sushi rolls, tuna, seafood or vegetable tempura, $2 Hot/Cold Saki, Draft Sapporo and much more ++

                                        561-330-FISH (3474)

                                      3. I went to Fah for the first time on Saturday night later 9:30 or so , being my first time there I was glad to have two regulars there to assist me with recommendations. We started with a soup called King of the sea it was amazing, awesome flavors. Tons of seafood 1mussel 2 scallops 2 shrimp 1 piece squid and 1 piece of fish. great broth and flavor 5 star spicy is my way. My friend and his girl said this was good and they were right, plus they even brought him out some custom made hot sauce that was really hot crazy hot Then we had an assortment of rolls black dragon,small rolls hamachi and tuna,a fah roll and finally a kaori roll.The fish was fresh, and the rice was room temp as it should be. It was all really great Still I am amazed that the woman there went out of her way to pick some super hot chilie's up for next time my friend came in, cool really cool. Great Place I really had a good time and 2 for 1 beers good stuff and finally fah is not a long long way to run.

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                                          1. re: OysterHo

                                            http://www.fahasianbistro.com/about.html gget local with them my friend walks in and they know him and make spicy stuff for him........ I have seen your threads you like heat
                                            give them a chance

                                            1. re: pikiliz

                                              Thank you pi. :)

                                              Looks like a pretty place and nice menu. Is it in the Hidden Valley Publix shopping center?

                                              1. re: OysterHo

                                                hoorah yea not much left there that is good

                                                1. re: OysterHo

                                                  I like ur replies but ur name still makes me feel like a perv

                                                  1. re: pikiliz

                                                    LOL! I love oysters! I love champagne (i use champagne ho on some other boards). Cheese ho. Lately I've been a pizza ho and a cheeseburger ho. If you say it enough, it won't sound so bad. Ho ho ho.

                                                    Back to sushi...

                                                    Is that sushi place in Pineapple Grove in Delray still around? Is it any good? That place holds special memories for me. It was the first time I ever tried really good cold sake instead of that hot rubbing alcohol most places serve. Changed my life...

                                                    1. re: OysterHo

                                                      Just browsing and I saw your post. Kyoto is still there and as good as ever. http://www.kyotosushisake.com/

                                                  2. re: OysterHo

                                                    FYI, Fah is the same owners as Lemongrass and SushiThai in Boca-
                                                    Great Reputation!

                                            2. Has closed.

                                              "We had a nice 3 years but we are moving on to other things" said sign in dark window tonight.