Monday, February 29, 2016

Blue Ginger Asian Bistro

Mr. H and I are both big sushi fans, and can often be found at Mizu Sushi in Parma and Pacific East, if we happen to be on the east side. So, I'm always up for trying a new-to-me sushi restaurant. A couple of people had raved about Blue Ginger Asian Bistro on Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. It's in the general vicinity of where we'll frequently run errands, so recently we decided to pop in there for dinner.

It's certainly a popular spot, because there was a line and quite a wait for a table. As we sat near the hostess stand, I took in my surroundings. It felt very Americanized and chain-y to me.
Once we were seated, we placed our order for some rolls and sashimi. The menu is heavy on rolls with cream cheese, cooked proteins, and lots of tempura fried items. A lot of the rolls also had spicy tuna included, which everyone knows is the "scraps" of fish that wasn't used. I prefer the larger pieces of fish to be used in rolls that have tuna in them.

I got the Firecracker Roll ($13) with spicy tuna, spicy yellowtail, avocado & jalapeno inside, tuna, salmon, mango & crispy onion on the top, served with special sauce.
It was colorful, but overall not very good. The fish itself didn't taste very fresh, and the crispy onion straws on top were not pleasurable. I scraped most of them off. 

Mr. H and I got the Unbelievable Roll ($11) with shrimp, cream cheese and chef special sauce, with red snapper tempura on top.
You couldn't detect the snapper on top, and the roll was just bland and mushy. 

Lastly, the order of Sashimi Regular (includes salad and miso soup) for $16 arrived, with 15 pieces of assorted raw fish. 
First, our server dropped it and didn't explain what types of fish were included. I've never had that happen before.

Second, the fish was glowing. Literally. This was lodged in a martini glass display of the raw fish...
Completely unnecessary, and it kind of grossed me out. I don't need a disco party with my sushi. Just give me fresh, delicious raw fish and call it a day.

It's safe to say that we won't be returning to Blue Ginger. The atmosphere, quality of fish, and presentation just aren't what I'm looking for in a sushi restaurant. If you're in the Parma area, just head on over to Mizu.

Blue Ginger Asian Bistro
1061 W Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44134