Blue C Sushi can be found in mediocre, overpriced shopping areas throughout suburban Seattle, and it's sickeningly lit with copious neon lights. Open the doors and you are overwhelmed with insipid, thumping ambient trance music and your eyes will eventually be assaulted by Japanese sports shows projected onto the largest wall in the room (because a widescreen t.v. just isn't enough). But here's why you should go: it's totally fun! Oh, and the food is amazing!
So, Blue C is modeled after the first Japanese restaurants to work on conveyor belts in the 1950s--food comes gliding around on a long train, plated on color-coded plates. The color of the plate tells you how much you will pay if you take it. So, watch carefully and grad whatever you want--the host adds up the costs at the end. Picking your food becomes a whimsical group activity, and the slower pace of eating keeps you from getting overstuffed. Prices are also quite reasonable, particularly for Seattle.
The food itself is beautiful: lovely sushi rolls and sushi nigiri with the freshest of fish, comforting noodle dishes and innovative salads, and tasty little naughty things like mini doughnuts and cheesecake. I loved the seared ahi tuna--it might be the best I have ever had. And it cost me $4.25. I had one of the most satisfying, delectable Japanese meals of my life for $22.95, and I got a good giggle out of the cheesy aesthetic.
So, Blue C Sushi, when are you branching out? Or do I have to keep flying back to Seattle to eat well?