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Asian Fin Sushi in Palm Beach Gardens

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I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means when it comes to Sushi, but you get a good perspective when you have two places back to back. My girlfriend lives a block from Sushi Jo, so that's where we usually go, but there's a relatively new place on Donald Ross in Jupiter (although it's technically PBG) called Asian Fin. I ended up going to both on back to back nights and ordering essentially the same thing at both, doing a head to head comparison. I haven't heard too many people who do backflips for Sushi Jo, but with several locations and a good reputation and atmosphere, they do well and have a good following. I haven't heard anyone I know (or on the boards) mention Asian Fin, so I was a little concerned initially. The restaurant itself is very small inside, with either 6 or 8 tables plus the sushi bar which has another 8 chairs. There is a good sized outdoor patio with probably another 8 tables. Now the food. As I mentioned, I did a head to head ordering the same items at both restaurants. We started with some sashimi. Baramutsu (Escolar) and Ika (Squid) which there was a big difference between the two restaurants. The fish at Asian Fin was prepared perfect and the fish itself was amazingly fresh. We had Sushi Jo the second night, so it was a sad disappointment when we tasted their offerings. Although decent, AFs were leaps beyond SJs. Since the names of the rolls did not match, I'll just describe what we had. The first was essentially a shrimp tempura roll. The shrimp really was the star in the AF roll but just blended in with Sushi Jo's. The tempura batter at Asian Fin was great as well. Next time I may have to order tempura shrimp alone it was so good. The second roll was the volcano roll, basically a california roll topped with salmon. This was a closer battle, to which was close enough to call a tie. Both were great and the salmon was perfect. Nice combination of seasonings, seared just enough to keep them both juicy. IMO, it was clear Asian Fin was the superior sushi restaurant.

I also had dessert at Asian Fin, though I passed on it at Sushi Jo. At AF, although I can't remember the name, I had what was like a dessert wonton. It was fried and stuffed with white chocolate and strawberry sauce and then served over vanilla ice cream. Although the wonton was a low filling-to-dough ratio, it still was quite nice. It was also served with strawberries and blackberries that were surprisingly fresh and delicious. I guess this is a testiment to their commitment to freshness.

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