6234 Sawmill Road
Dublin, OH 43017
I love sushi. LOVELOVELOVE it. So when my friend wanted to take me out one afternoon for a spontaneous sushi feast, I jumped at the prospect of trying someplace new. We ended up at Blue Ginger in Dublin, Ohio a diminutive restaurant in the middle of a small strip mall a few doors down from BD’s Mongolian BBQ and next to a Buy Back. I was indifferent about the exterior, and feared it would be some sort of modern-fusion intense lights and wild music type place. Upon entering the first set of doors, I was immediately corrected when we were met head-on by a massive wooden door that seemed as if it had been transplanted from a 15th century castle.
On the other side of this ancient-looking gateway was a mahogany and wrought-iron palace of palatability. Luscious leather booths, faint lighting and soft sitar-based mood music made me feel almost like Oriental royalty. We were lead to a back booth by a cordial hostess, offered water, and then the magic began. The hostess brought us two plates with an individually wrapped warm cloth on each. I respect tiny details like that. My friend did all the ordering, and we ended up with an overflowing plate of potstickers and two big platters of sushi. The potstickers, which I had never had, were mouth-watering. The slightly crispy outside was nicely paired with a soft (but not squishy) meaty inside and complimented by a salty brown sauce. (*Note: when I went to Blue Ginger’s website to view the menu, I could not locate the potstickers anywhere.)
After the appetizer came the main course – beautiful sushi. I had been watching the Sushi Chef from our booth, and he was truly an artist. There was no lump of wasabi or pile of shredded pickled ginger on our platters, rather, there was a stunning ginger rose and a cute round nub of wasabi complete with hatch marks. We indulged in the Crunchy Spicy Roll platter (salmon, tuna, yellowtail), the Mind Eraser (no rice, Chef’s special sauce, jalapeno, avocado and 4 types of fish), the Kamikaze (fried shrimp and tuna with tuna and eel on top), and the Scorpion King (soft-shell crab, tuna, cucumber and lettuce). I already know what you’re thinking – “Oh my god, that’s a LOT of food!” and yes, it was a lot of food, but if you know anything about sushi then you’re fully aware of the fact that not only are gourmet rolls smaller than basic store-bought rolls, but they also come in groups of 5-7. For two people, that’s not really too much food! We demolished almost all of it before I could take pictures… I was so happy to have all this gorgeous and remarkable sushi in front of me that I had to start enjoying it at once!
After the main course, my friend decided we also needed dessert. He ordered the Key Lime pie (“Tastes like it came from a box in the freezer” was his only assessment) and I had fried green tea ice cream, which, on the reverse side of a critique, tasted freshly made and scrumptious.
Overall, despite an expensive tab ($65+) for a meal that did not include alcohol, I have to say that Blue Ginger is an tremendous restaurant. My suggestion is to go for lunch and limit yourself to a few choice items, that way you can try something new and back it up with something “old” that you already like and not break the bank in the process. I can understand why the prices are what they are; Sushi-grade fish is held to strict industry standards higher than regular fish, and only certain types of fish from certain areas can be used.
Overall Scores: (1-5, 1 being lowest, 5 highest)