In Japanese, the word fugu is used as a general term for fish that can swell their bellies. The blowfish falls into this family, and while the fugu is highly praised in Japan for having a reputation as the most delicious of all the fish in the sea, they're also feared.
Why? Improper preparation and cooking of the blowfish can cause fatal poisoning and even death. The risk of eating it can prove to be worth the challenge, but is extremely risky. The name of the restaurant, Blowfish Sushi to Die For, is based on this concept.
Co-owned by Julian Lennon, the venue is dimly lit with hip ambiance. Japanese Anime films play on flat screen televisions throughout the restaurant, making you feel like you've just arrived in Tokyo.
A DJ spins groovy tunes, giving it a lounge-like feel. At the brightly lit sushi bar in the center of the room, chefs are interactive with guests and sculpt magical dishes of culinary art.
The menu offers many options: delicious appetizers, nigiri, sashimi, maki, hot entrees and desserts worth the extra calories. The staff is friendly and helpful in explaining the menu choices, especially if you aren't familiar with certain Japanese specialties.
Start out with an order from the specialty cocktail menu. The Cucumber Cooler is a nice cool-down drink, especially after getting heated from your interactions with the incredibly beautiful wait staff. If you prefer sake, try the Premium Sake menu that boasts options like the “devil killer” and “beautiful boy.”
As for food recommendations, the Kyo Twist, a black cod dish marinated and drizzled with saikyo sauce, was at the top of our list. Although many Asian restaurants offer a cod dish as a warm appetizer, it was the best I've had in L.A. to date.
If you're with a group of friends or even on a date, it's best to order and split a bunch of specialty maki. The rolls come to your table laid out in such a pretty fashion you almost feel guilty eating them.
Like Spicy? I recommend the Toshi Koshi, which will knock your socks off, especially with some extra wasabi. The Godzilla roll is also original and a great mix for those that like sushi on the sweeter side.
Blowfish Sushi definitely serves sushi to die for – because your wallet will want to commit suicide at the end of the meal. Although it's pricey, it's definitely worth the trip for a special occasion or night out to relish in Hollywood life. It's a great place to catch celebrities and has received publicity recently from MTV's “The Hills.”
If you're on a budget, the manager recommends coming in for Happy Hour, which is held daily Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Specialty drinks and draft beers are discounted, and you can create your own maki.
The manager also assures that if you're strapped for cash, you can order as little or as much as you want. Blowfish Sushi to Die For is very much about the experience, so even if you only come and order one or two rolls, it'll be worth it.
Open for lunch Mon-Fri and only for dinner on the weekends. For reservations and more information, call (310) 887-3848 or visit www.blowfishsushi.com.