Great sushi spot for take-out or dine-in in the PNE area.
I had heard about Blowfish and after reading the reviews, decided to give it a try. This isn't a big place, rather small, tidy with only a few tables, and they do alot of take out. The server was friendly, but not very attentive and was kept busy with orders and two sushi chefs.
I ordered the California Roll, Dynamite Roll and tuna roll platter, and glad I didn't order anything else with it. I was surprised by the size, hugh rolls, and definately filling. I loved the tuna roll, fresh, flavourful and tasted great in each bite. The dynamite roll was large with prawn tempera, lots of flavour along with the california roll. The only thing I didn't like about my dish, some of my rolls, fell apart too easily, and wasn't rolled tightly. My platter dish with my coca cola, came to $11.00 before tip, and I was full and glad I tried it out. I would definately return, and order out, since seating is limited in this small place. Prices aren't too bad either.
Blowfish is a small but great sushi joint that makes great food including the Chicken Karage, Ebi Sunomono, Spicy Crispy Tuna, Spicy Crispy Salmon, Bite-size Mini Mango Cheesecake. The portion of salmon sashimi is quite big compared to most Japnese restaurants. The chef will greet you as you come in, the server is polite and friendly, the tea is nice and hot, and the food is fresh. I have become a regular here now and will keep coming back for my Japanese food cravings! Great place for a light snack, lunch or dinner!
Small sushi restaurant in a nondescript plaza on Hastings and Renfrew. We were at PNE and wanted something different than the usual fair food so it was a toss up between Dijo's or this new, unknown Japanese restaurant. Upon arrival, there was one other table and then us.
Food: good selection of your usuals: bento boxes, nigiri's, rolls, tempura, udon's and rice bowls. The bento boxes were reasonably price and were quite filling for one person. We selected the salmon teriyaki box and the salmon used is the same stock as the salmon sashimi...yum! Box came with teriyaki and rice, miso, salad, 4 piece tempura, and 8 pieces of california roll. Ordered three additional rolls: house, dynamite and negitoro. The dynamite had double prawns and the house roll was massive and was filled with several kinds of seafood such as salmon, tuna, imitation crab, and scallops. My only knock on the food was the sushi rice. It lacked flavour and was not the Japanese short grain variety.
Service: one server and two kitchen staff. We were immediately greeted and chose our own seats. Hot green tea was served (real sencha tea, not the Chinese variety) and menu's were simple to read. Food came out quickly and server came by for tea refill. Prompt and courteous.
Value: For the items that were ordered, the value was very good. $24 for both of us, including tax and tips. Bento box ($8.50), House roll ($4.50), Dynamite ($3.75), negitoro ($2.50). Some of their menu items seem too pricey for this neighbourhood like Rainbow roll for $11 or Chirashi Don for $16.50. If you're a big eater, the size of the rolls will not disappoint.
Ambiance: very small establishment with 6 tables that fit about 16 patrons. It looks fairly new and clean. Tables of two or fours lined along the walls and plenty of spacing between seating. Simple decor with Japanesesque lighting fixtures hung above the sushi bar area. No sushi bar seating though. They have online ordering and offer delivery within 5km.
Recommended as an alternative to greasy PNE food. I may return if in the neighbourhood again.
I went here after deciding against the other places in this stripmall.
WE walked in,grabbed a seat. Right away the waiter came with green tea.
I ordered the dynaite roll,spider roll,prawn tempura,gommae and miso.
Excellent all the way around.
My friend ordered california rolls,chicken teriyaki,gommae and gyoza.
Once again,solid all the way through.
We also recieved a complimentary house salad.A nice touch.
They have daily lunch take out specials,or you can oder a la carte.
Roughly 50 bucks for two very happy customers.
Would definatley return.
I haven't seen a buddy of mine in quite some time after his wedding last year but out of the blue...I get a call ...if I was interested in some sushi...I said ya.
He suggested this new sushi restaurant located inbetween Subway and an Italian bakery along the Hastings strip mall just across from Burger King.
We got there around 730pm and the place was small and empty...I was thinking to myself...this might be a bad omen?? We sat ourselves down and began ordering. We decided to share the assorted tempura. I got the Wild Salmon sashimi, B.C. roll and Smoked Salmon roll. My buddy got the house roll,and an avacado roll.
Our order of tempura arrived hot...pretty standard stuff. Next my sashimi arrived..the 8 big pieces and pretty good...almost like butter!! Then shortly my rolls arrived....all ending in my stomach...stuffed!!
We asked for the bill...to my surprise...only $35 buck. With tip..only $40 bucks. Will definitely be back.
Food is good and value is better than most. Never had an issue with them. If I lived closer I would go there probably weekly. Definitely the best or second best on that strip of Hastings. I used to live in the neighborhood before it opened and I've tried all the other places.
This little sushi joint was actually, surprisingly good. I was walking around and went there because, I love sushi, and thought I would give it a try. I was pretty small, and crowded, so I decided to get take out, and just eat my lunch at a near by park. I must say, even though it was cold, this was a delightful luncheon.
The lady who served me was good, but not outstanding, and the value was very good. The sashimi was pretty good, but nothing special, and same with the rolls. I only had the Alaska roll, and though not as good as my usual place, it was solid. The only thing I was disappointed in by my roll, was that the smoked salmons flavor was lost.
As I said in my title, it was good, but if you live far away, don't go out of your way for it. It was pretty good, but it wasn't anything special or outstanding. If your near by, or are passing by it, great, go in and have a bite, but to go from the opposite side of the city wouldn't be worth it.
I live around the area, so I'm glad that they opened up. It's a small quaint little place. Decor is pretty ok. I've been here at least 5 times already (in the past month) and each time I leave happy. The male waiter there is quite nice and friendly.
The last time I went there (a few days ago) was for take out. The waiter struck up a conversation with me and made sure I had tea while waiting (much appreciated). Food was done promptly. The only thing I would like to see changed is their take out container. I think they need containers that close (instead of having to tape them shut). All in all, I really like the place and will keep coming back for more.