Friday, November 7, 2014

Blue C Sushi's Conveyor Belt Empire

Blue C Sushi, the conveyor belt, or kaiten, sushi restaurant from Seattle is taking over Southern California starting from Hollywood and a new location in Newport Beach. They upped the kaiten sushi game with the atmosphere and decor. It is no way a substitute for the great purist sushi places, but a fun place to go when you have friends who won't eat the traditional sushi.

As usual, the items on the conveyor belt are color coded, each color referring to a price point. You can find the more popular nigiri sushi like salmon and tuna, along with fusion rolls like the 
BLT roll with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and marmalade.  
The quality of the sushi here tends to be better than other kaiten sushi places, though the price also tends to be higher. You'll find your basic nigiri sushi and the typical rolls along with their specialty rolls like this spicy tuna served on crispy rice.
If you don't want to grab sushi from the conveyor belt or don't see the item you want, you can always order them from the sushi chefs or servers. I had quite a few of the freshly made nigiri sushi that they made directly, including Madai (seabream) with shiso and lemon, albacore, and Seared black cod with yuzu.
Madai with shiso and lemon

You can also order sashimi and carpaccio that will be prepared to order.


They have cooked items like gyoza and edamame, but beyond the typical stuff we had a plate of Yellowtail ribs cooked in sake
These aren't yellowtail collar, though very similar in flavor and fattiness, but smaller and easy to eat with your fingers. 
Ceviche roll
I had also gone to the Hollywood location, in front the Arclight theatre.
Blue C Hollywood

You can order indulgent items like fresh uni, served atop a lemon wedge.
Blue C Hollywood

King Crab Legs
Blue C Hollywood

and raw oyster
Blue C Hollywood

Blue C Sushi goes beyond the typical conveyor belt sushi, known to be cheap. They offer more variety than what you'd find at a normal kaiten sushi place, with higher quality - albeit also at a higher price. They've targeted busy locations, making them a good spot for a quick meal while you're shopping at Newport Fashion Island or before catching a movie at the Arclight, for example.

Blue C Sushi
1095 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 258-9280
Blue C Sushi on Urbanspoon

6374 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028
(323) 391-2241
Blue C Sushi on Urbanspoon


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