Feel the cool air on your skin as you come out of the hot Texas heat. Smell the tangy sauces. Taste the fresh sustainable seafood. Hear the welcome sound of happy hour.
A sister restaurant to The Domain’s Plank Seafood that we visited earlier this year, the elegant and delicious Blue Sushi Sake Grill (also in Austin’s Domain shopping district), will ignite all your senses.
With dimmed lighting and gorgeous artwork (flying origami birds overhead), slide into a comfy booth with your party and start your dining escapade with a cold drink. Crowd faves are the Golden Chardonnay, a Raspberry Mojito, the Dragon Fruit Lemonade (as a non-alcoholic choice) and the Japanese Hitachino pale ale on draft.
Non-Sushi Lovers Welcome
Sit back and enjoy the impeccable service, this dinner is best enjoyed over time. Most will come here for the uber-fresh and unique sushi options. However, for those who fall in the non-sushi club, there are lots of other fresh seafood options to enjoy. The Crispy Brussels Sprouts are divine and make an excellent appetizer prior to enjoying the Lettuce Wraps (large romaine lettuce cups filled with spicy chicken cooked to perfection and veggies loaded up) for the perfect light, yet filling meal.
Spotlight on Sushi
But, naturally, the sushi here is the star of the show. The menu offers a wide assortment of nigiri, sashimi, raw or cooked maki as well as vegan maki, providing options for all kinds of sushi lovers.
The South Pacific Maki (eel tempura, cream cheese, pineapple, scallion, eel sauce) muddles the lines between sweet and savory and has a slight tropical kick from the pineapple. For fans of the classics, the Philadelphia Roll is sure to satisfy with fresh flavors of salmon, cream cheese, scallion and cucumber. Our vegan foodies can also find comfort in the savory flavors of the Eden Roll (sweet potato vegan tempura, grilled asparagus, edamame hummus, sun-dried tomato and brown rice).
Cover photo courtesy Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Marika Flatt is the Travel Editor of Texas Lifestyle Magazine and was named “Outstanding Austin Communicator” 2021 by Women Communicators of Austin. Flatt has been the voice of the Weekend Trip Tips on NPR’s Texas Standard for over three years and is a regular travel contributor to TV shows across the state.