Nice place!. I think the sushi here is great. I'm not an expert or foodie snob, but I've never had a bad experience here. Last time we were here, we had reservations for 9 pm. We showed up and they profusely apologized that they didn't have a table yet. It was obvious that the reason was because there was a group of about 10 people who had been there for quite some time. It's a BYOB and they had 2 bottles of Grey Goose on the table...that's pretty much taking advantage of a BYOB as a place to drink for cheap with your friends. We waited about 15 minutes and then got a table, no big deal. The staff was sincerely apologetic and gave us 2 full appetizers for free for "making us wait". I was almost full before ordering. I really couldn't believe the below comments about the rude staff...I've never seen anything like that at this place!
OK Sushi - but arrogant staff....
This place serves up some decent sushi, but nothing like some of the finer center city establishments as is espoused. The popularity of this place seems akin to the stock market or housing bubbles. Like sheep in a heard people are drawn to the crowds and assume it is the best. This all has apparently gotten to the staffs heads, as they act as if you are privileged to be there not the other way around.
Had an outstandingly hilarious experience last night... When we arrived we were coldly asked if we had a reservation. We replied that we did not and were told "we'll see what we can do" (the place was not crowded) as if we were privileged to be there. After being seated, my friend and I ordered up about $100.00 dollars in sushi and sashimi, part of which was an order of Kanpachi sashimi. The order came to the table and we began eating when I noticed not more than a minute later that the Kanpachi was not on the plate. I called over the waitress and explained this to her, at which point she apologized and went over to the Sushi Chef to explain. That is when the fun started!
In the middle of this tiny restaurant, the sushi chef shouted out for all to hear "you have got to be kidding me!" Pompously stating that the Kanpachi was in fact on the plate... He then proceeded to loudly ask, in front of the entire crowd at the restaurant, how many beers we had drank, insinuating that we were drunk and must have eaten it and forgot!
We laughingly shrugged it off and continued to eat our meal, curious as to how they were going to handle it in the end. As soon as we were finished they quickly came over and cleared our plates as if to rush us out the door. We received the check and noticed the Kanpachi was still on the bill. We quietly called over what seemed to be one of the managers or owners and stated that we did not want to make a big deal out of it but that we genuinely did not receive the Kanpachi.
She proceeded to tell us that that she herself had seen the Kanpachi on the plate and that it was in fact there! Obviously she does not watch every order being served and was not present when our order was served and therefore was blatantly lying about her "witness" to the presence of the Kanpachi.
We just had to laugh at the whole escapade. We were made to feel like Kanpachi thieves! We normally tip well over twenty percent, so we reduced it to 15% and therefore were not out our $5.95 so we did not end up paying any more than usual and the money is no big deal. It was just the whole reaction from the staff at the restaurant that was uncalled for and unprofessional.
I woke up this morning and sent out an all points bulletin to my friends as follows:
It was reported that last night two men in the mid 40’s of Mediterranean descent attempted to steal 2 pieces of Kanpachi Sashimi from the Blue Fin Restaurant in Plymouth meeting…. The men were last seen fleeing down Germantown Pike after the Sushi Chef chased them out of the store with a Samurai Cleaver… If anyone sees these two men please contact the authorities immediately… They are considered armed with chopsticks and dangerous…
Not recommended, at all. Go to Stonewell on Ridge instead..
This was my first experience at Bluefin, and I'd been eager to try since it recieved rave reviews from anybody who's been there. I was NOT impressed. I've been to sushi places so I have plenty of benchmarks.
I'll start at the beginning:
-The place is very popular, although I was a bit surprised to have a 45 minute wait for a table on a Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. I decided to get some take out, since I live 2 minutes away. Reservations recommended.
-Looking at the menu, the sushi was expensive. I figured the sushi must be good for that price.
-I should have checked the order before I left. I got home and the order was missing the edamame and miso soups.
-They didn't forget any of the sushi, although maybe they should have. I ordered some salmon and yellowtail sushi. Against these two fishes I measure the quality of a sushi restaurant. I also ordered a lobster hand roll, a tuna avocado roll, and a dragon roll. (my fiances company was paying so..:) The salmon should have melted in my mouth. It did not. The eel in the dragon roll should not have had bones in it. It did. The rolls were small for the price. The yellowtail was average.
Needless to say, I was/am not happy about the experience. First impressions go a long way!
I can think of two other places within 5 minutes of this place that have better sushi, service, and prices:
The Stonewell on Ridge Pike has better quality fish, lower prices, larger rolls, fantastic servce and they never forget my miso or edamame. They also have fantastic Korean food in addition to the Japanese offerings.
Lai Lai on 202 is also better for the same reasons as Stonewell, minus the Korean food, plus Chinese food, but I'm partial to the Stonewell b/c of the service and casual atmosphere...
The BEST sushi!!. This is by far the best sushi in the Philly area. Forget about the fancy center-city places - this small restaurant in the middle of a strip mall in Plymouth Meeting is the best place to get any kind of sushi. Reservations are a must almost any day of the week. Friends who have moved out of town insist on going there whenever they come back to the area.
Yes, it's not your authentic straight from Japan sushi but then I haven't been to one like that in Philly so.....
I've been to this restaurant three times so far and if you're looking for great rolls, this is the place to go.
The staff are very friendly and I noticed that 80% of the people in the restaurant are people that come there on a regular basis because the sushi chefs and the wait staff greeted the customers by name.
If you're someone who's travelled to Japan and had authentic sushi plates that costs over $100 per person, then I'd say you have the right to criticize this place. But as someone who's been to most of the sushi places in Philly and the burbs, this place is a great BYOB with definitely great food... it has to be, it's crowded every single day and night it's opened!
As far as the comment left by "lulu08" or whatever that person's screen name was, I'd rather have my sushi be made by sushi chefs who've had adequate training then have it made by mexicans who probably were trained for 3 weeks at Genji.
So make sure to pick up some wine or if not, pick up some Sapporo beer next door at the dive and enjoy the marlee roll, davitch, and some of the wonderful rolls they have to offer.
Best Sushi Ever!. I've been to many sushi places but never has one place drawn me to it time and time again. This place seems to have done right - always expect the sushi to be the freshest sushi you'll ever taste and the always expect your servers to be pleasing and friendly. They remember you even if you haven't been there in ages! The pricing is great although there is this one place that I had sushi in Portland, OR that has HUGE servings which this place doesn't compare to - but I think it?s the quality that you are paying for. Try the tuna sundae - it looks gorgeous and tastes wonderful ? imagine tuna and avocado just melting in your mouth!
Absolutley superb!. Be sure to make a reservation a day or so in advance at this incrdible sushi spot in an unlikely strip shopping center in Plymouth Meeting. Perhaps the best sushi I have ever had, including Phila, NY, London and Paris. Absolutley superb! Yong is the best!
D-E-LICIOUS!. Bluefin is an amazing sushi restaurant. It's by far the best that I have had in the Philadelphia area. That Lulu person is way off because Bluefin usually has specials and everything is always so fresh. I have never had a bad meal there. The chefs and waiters are all very nice. I recommend getting reservations though because they are always packed and they don't really have a waiting area since it's so small. They have great specialty rolls---marlee, davitch, and rosnov are all so good if you like rolls.
I've finally found one sushi restaurant that I would go to more than once (maybe every week) here in Philadelphia. I've been to many good sushi restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Seoul, Boston and New York, but it was really hard to find any good sushi restaurant in Philadelphia.
I've tried many sushi restautants with good reviews in Philadelphia for six month and found out that most of the reviews were based on the roles, not sushi. Sushi is totally different from rolls.
Even though it was pre-cut ( not recommended but not unusual at the same time), it was still much fresher and tastier than any other restaurants.
The only thing that I was not satisfied with Blue Fin was the quality of Toro. It was not real Toro Toro - it was half toro half maguro. I hope they serve better Toro next time.
So, do not hesitate to try Blue Fin - especially their Unagi and Uni!
As good as all-you-can-eat-sushi places.
I realized the people who think Bluefin has great sushi, they don't know what "sushi" is. They've never experienced "real" sushi, so they think Bluefin is the best.
Their sushi is as good as you can get from "all-you-can-eat-sushi" places.
After I got too many good reviews about Bluefin, I couldn't wait to visit and try "good" sushi. I went there last week, and I was so disappointed.
I sat at the sushi bar and I could see all fish in their sushi-neta case, and I was soooo surprised that they already pre-cut all fish which sushi chef never should.
Because of the pre-cut, all fish were very dry and lost flavor already.
Who said their sushi is fresh?????
They don't even know how to cook right rice for sushi. The seasoning of sushi rice was off. Rice tasted very bad. Cutting of the fishes was wrong too. It was obvious that their sushi chefs were never trained as sushi chef. None of sushi chef said hi to us. Usually when I sit at sushi bar, it's a fun part to communicate with sushi chefs and get the best fish of the day at sushi bar, but what can I expect from them? They didn't even have any special fish. All I could get were only tuna, yellow tail, white tuna. salmon...all sushi places have those. They had no shell fish, sweet shrimp, uni, snapper, mackerel ...what's wrong with them?
Bluefin was definitely over rated and over priced. Their sushi was not the sushi, but something "look like sushi". Even their green tea was bad. They probably don't change tea leafs through the night. It was green but didn't taste anything. Could somebody tell them you suppose to change tea leafs every time you make a tea, PLEASE!
I don't mind spend a lot of money as long as I get good sushi, but I don't wanna pay even a penny for bad sushi. I stick with only Genji and Sagami. They are the only places which have real sushi.
I will never go back and recommend Bluefin. I can't believe people wait to get in there. They have no restaurant in that area, or what????
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