We at ELV are tempted to call Blue Fin the second best, off-Strip, Japanese restaurant in town (after Sen of Japan).
It’s certainly a cut or three above your average, neighborhood, bastardized Japanese joint, and there’s no denying the brightness of the seafood, and of chef/owner Jin Chang’s knife work.
Another thing we like about it is the size (32 seats, including a small sushi bar), that puts us in mind of the intimate sushi counters that dot big, sophisticated cities everywhere. Here, everyone flocks to Sushi Fever, I Love Sushi, and many others that have all the charm of a food factory.
And that would be because that’s what they are.
Tiny, pristine joints like Blue Fin give a sense of confidence upon entering….not only because the owner is right there cooking and slicing, but also because you know he has a personal hand (and stake) in every piece of raw fish that’s placed before you.
Chang opened a little over a year ago, after working at Fleur de Lys under former Executive Chef Laurent Pillard. He does the all-you-can-eat thing, but to truly take the measure of the place, you need to tuck into his superior poke salad, tuna katsu with curry sauce, or an ethereal, sweet shrimp — flash fried and barely cooked, leaning against a cube of custard-y, fried tofu. It showcases the subtlety of Chang’s cooking, and allows us to forgive him for the obligatory Screaming Orgasms and Wet Dreams — both of which ELV is no stranger to.
These days we prefer our dreams to be dry and our climaxes to be on the quiet side. But we’re still dreaming about the silky, buttery, hamachi (yellowtail) sashimi, and did have our eyes rolling back in our head over his white tuna, brilliant uni, fatty salmon, and fresh off the boat snapper.
Enough sexual innuendo. (You know what they say: When love goes out the door, sex comes innuendo.)
Keeping it clean won’t be a problem at Blue Fin. Keeping the smile off your face will be.
3980 East Sunset Road #102
Las Vegas, NV 89120