Dinner with Dan: Bluefin

Daniel Davis

A nice little place in a nice little town, Bluefin Japanese Cuisine has been suggested as “the best sushi on the East Coast.”

However, do not allow an unreliable source to mislead you. Hidden away amidst an eclectic mix of shops in a strip mall, Bluefin utilizes a cursive neon sign that rivals the shadiest strip club or shoddiest gun store in The Bronx.

The interior is comparable to the sleek environment found in a classy restaurant, but the “get more for your money” tight seating tactics expose the factual motive (be frugal) behind the façade that is Bluefin Japanese Cuisine. The crowd is a juxtaposition of age, gender and race. The jittery, mincing servers hurry to take care of any fresh faces entering.

Away from the display of dynamic distractions that was the staff, the ability for smoke to travel throughout the restaurant and become ubiquitous appeared problematic.

The decibel level was far from comforting, and it amassed quite an audible volume.

As for the visual appeal, the menu looked as if it were cheaply strewn together.

It attempted to make its writing appear chic and refined by using cursive; however, it was nothing more than poor quality ink and cheap paper.

Nonetheless, the menu offered a nice assortment of varying dishes not found in your usual Main Line Japanese restaurant. Most types of sashimi and sushi are available here, including my favorite of the week ika (squid).

With a moderate price range for its dishes, the menu includes a diverse gamut of entrees, soups ($2-$8), and noodle bowls ($12) to experiment with.

After delving into a menu filled with new, appealing sounds, I ordered a few specials including the spicy noodle soup ($4, a dish I had never seen offered before at a restaurant) and the Flyers roll ($15). The spicy noodle soup was delicious and splendid, but I was hoping to find gold in the Flyers roll to compensate for its awful, over-creamy, non-decadent taste. The pathetic aftertaste forced me to save the remainder for friends because I dared not to finish it.

Aside from that, the ika and sushi platters were very tasty, but not worth the journey when there are so many good establishments on the Main Line.

Germantown Pike is hardly worth the trip for anything, and sushi is no exception.

If you are in the mood for an extremely crowded, poorly ventilated establishment, filled with rock concert noise levels and ADHD-ridden waitresses who serve moderately priced food, this is the place for you.