Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Blueberry Maki Bar | Paris

If there’s one thing we don’t have in Antwerp, it’s fresh & good value sushi. So whenever I have the opportunity, I go and have fresh sushi, which is probably one of my favourite things to eat (cliché but hey, who doesn’t love sushi?) We arrived on Paris on Friday around lunch time, and I had the perfect place in mind for lunch. I’d read some good things about the sushi at Blueberry, so that’s where we headed right after getting off the Thalys.
Blueberry sushi | Paris

Blueberry is located in a quiet little street in St. Germain des Pres, and you’d definitely miss it if you didn’t know it was there. Upon entering the restaurant, I thought it looked tiny but as the waiter walked us through to the back, we discovered two relatively large seating areas. The place was packed with people on their lunch break, so it was good we made a reservation that morning. 
Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres

Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres

Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres

On the menu, there’s one delicious sounding dish after the other. I really love how the sushi flavour combinations at Blueberry are a little less conventional. They use Japanese ingredients such as Shiso and yuzu, but also add in surprising “everyday” flavours like raspberry and mint. 


Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres menu

Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres menu

We all ordered the lunch deal: you get to choose from 2 different makis (6 pcs each) and then you get a little miso soup and a small salad on the side. Both the starters were good & fresh. The salad came with a bit of “japanese puree” which was basically a little ball of mashed potato. It was very good, though a slightly odd addition to the salad. I’ve never seen them serve it this way before?


Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres

After a little while our maki rolls arrived and we tucked in happily. Somehow the photos I took (I think a combination of the light, angles, the plate & background) don't do the sushi any justice. I would love it if restaurants would always take into account how their food will look on pictures, or is that just my crazy thought? If only I always had daylight, the right kind of plates and beautiful tables, my photos would always be awesome ;) #firstworldproblem. If I had a restaurant I'd have a table especially reserved for bloggers, Instagrammers & food reviewers, for the PERFECT pic haha! 


Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres

Now, back to the maki! The first row is the "Shiso Bomb" with salmon, avocado, yellow radish, all wrapped up in Shiso leaves. The second row is the "Green Yakuza" with tuna tartare, avocado, rocket, mint, flyfish eggs and baby spinach. I can't tell which one I liked more since they were both amazing. Super fresh, flavourful and a little more special than the sushi I usually have. I loved the very subtle minty aftertaste of the Green Yakuza and the radish crunch of the Shiso Bomb! 


My friends also had the "Little Miss Yuzu" which was a flavour explosion (how my friend liked to describe it): salmon tataki marinated in yuzu, raspberry, fresh mango, thai chives and extra yuzu. I had a try and indeed, it was a real flavour explosion, in a good way. Somehow the fruit worked beautifully with the salmon, but the real star was the tangy yuzu aftertaste. I love how they use yuzu (a kind of lemon, frequently used in Japan) since it's quite a rare ingredient, especially in Europe!   



Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres


Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres


Blueberry sushi Paris st. Germain des pres


If you're in Paris and feel like having great sushi, go to Blueberry. I've also heard from several people that this is some of the best sushi in Paris! Interesting flavours, quick service and good value for money (although it's still Paris, so it's not cheap!) I highly recommend it! 

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