by Tracey Paleo, Gia On the Move
Load Baked Potato Sushi
To celebrate the launch of their first California location, Blue C Sushi hosted a Grand Opening event on Saturday, November 2, featuring a Blue Carpet entrance, photo opps, a meet-and-greet with Chef Jeffrey Lunak, former Corporate Chef for “Iron Chef” Morimoto, a tour of the newly designed space and a preview of the restaurant’s LA-inspired menu.
From the moment I walked up to the door I got the feeling like a girl on roller skates was going to take my order. It’s that kind of old school burger “hop” feeling. The colorful somewhat retro looking Japanese wonder restaurant has newly made a home at the (Arclight) Dome Entertainment Center space on Sunset Blvd.
Distinguished in that they serve only local, in-season, fish, nothing is frozen, or shipped from far away. In fact, the fish are line caught and provided by native Californian Kanoloa Seafood Company, a full-service wholesale provider committed to sustainable product sourcing. And when you read the moderately priced menu, you will see that there is no umagi (fresh water eel) or anything endangered to be purchased.
Blue C is innovatively enhanced by a room-wide “to-go” conveyor belt. Regular patrons can sit at the revolving bar and just take what they want. Unlike your normal local shop, it’s very fast. In fact, as you’ll see from the video below, all you need to do is reach out and grab.
Signature “must taste” menu items are The Loaded Baked Potato, Tuna Tostada and The Caesar Salad Roll. Other traditional dishes that were exceptional in taste were the Sesame Noodles, very light, and the Spinach Gomae. Another tasty fact, is that Blue C makes its own soy sauce “in-house” with kelp broth. It is lighter, naturally low in sodium and plays a much better role in highlighting the delicate flavors of each fish. (I LOVED IT!) The key to their success in previous locations however, is that although this is traditional Japanese fare, the flavors cater distinctly to an American palate.
Blue C Sushi also features a full sushi bar and raw bar made bounteous from fish of the Pacific Ocean, as well as Tsukiji Market in Japan.
Uniquely inspired by the dynamic and vibrant Tokyo subway lines, (no one location resembles another) Blue C Sushi embodies the rattle and hum of modern day Tokyo, while combining Japanese tradition with American inventiveness.
My friends and I were too busy chowing down to enjoy the evening’s traditional Japanese drum performance, but the night was so exciting, the house so jammed packed with patrons, kids and critics alike, that it would have been difficult to make our way through the heavy crowds. But take a look at the video below. It should give you an idea as to just how variety and fun this place is. More photos will be posted at Gia On The Move’s Facebook page over the weekend.
Blue C Sushi – Hollywood
The Dome Entertainment Center
6374 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Parking is located in the Arclight Parking Lot
For more information on Blue C Sushi, visit www.bluecsushi.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecsushi and follow them on Twitter www.twitter.com/bluecsushi (@bluecsushi).
About Blue C Sushi
Blue C Sushi first opened in 2003 in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. There are currently six locations throughout Washington. Inspired by the Tokyo subway system, the redesigned Kaiten – little plates served on a conveyor belt – sushi restaurant is on a mission to deliver an innovative and healthy approach to Japanese dining. The dining experience is built on Blue Sushi’s pledge of nutrition, value and genuine hospitality, underscored by a diverse and approachable menu that evolves, yet stays seasonally fresh. Each dish reflects traditional Japanese flare with a whimsical Western approach.