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San Sushi and Grill recently opened up where Bella Kouzina was on SR 580 in Safety Harbor.  We got there early and were the only ones in the restaurant, but by the time we were done, it was starting to fill up.  Loren started with a ginger salad and then we got a boatload of sushi.

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We tried the Mexican roll, the Kamikaze, the Rainbow, Snow Crab, and Lollipop, plus some salmon.  The fish was fresh and tasty.  I would have liked the shrimp in the Mexican roll to have been warmer.  It tasted like the shrimp was cooked and then had to sit while the rest of the sushi was prepared.  At other restaurants, the lollipop roll is served on a plate with a tangy vinegar sauce.  This one could have used that burst of flavor.  The snow crab roll was a little spicy, but not overwhelming.  Loren said the kamikaze roll had his tongue tingling.  They only had one sushi chef working while we were there, so it took a while a to get our food.  Overall, it was a good experience and we’ll likely be back.  It looked like they also had a Thai menu, so we may try that as well.

San Sushi and Grill
3101 State Road 580
Safety Harbor, FL
727-216-6178

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

We ate here once before when it was called Koba Sushi.  Now, it’s called Faceless Samurai, but it looks exactly the same inside.   It’s not a very big restaurant and we were there way longer than it should have taken to get four rolls.  The first thing we noticed were the children, of I’m guessing someone who works there, playing loudly at the table next to us.  Not exactly the way we wanted to spend our quiet night out.

We ordered four rolls which came out one at a time with way too much time between them.  The problem is that we order rolls specifically for ourselves and there are some I don’t eat and some that Loren doesn’t really like, so the way the sushi came out, one of us inevitably was waiting to eat while the other one was eating.  We also don’t like having to eat one entire roll at a time, we much prefer to mix and match pieces throughout the meal.

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The sushi was just ok.  Nothing out of the ordinary, good or bad.  We got a Mexican roll, a California Roll, a Spicy Tuna, and a Rainbow Roll.  We also ordered some salmon, but we never got it.  Loren also ordered a drink and had to ask again for the waitress to actually bring it out.  She seemed friendly, but was completely scattered and not paying attention to anything that was going on.  Total bill was $50 and there’s no reason for us to go back.

Faceless Samurai
3428 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 772-5622

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Food3/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.1/5
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  • Blue Sake recently opened up in Dunedin, so we headed over there for dinner to try out their sushi.  The restaurant looks nice and was well lit.  I’m not a fan of mood lighting where it’s so dark that you can barely see your food.

    We started off with the Golden Silk Shrimp and a cucumber salad.

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    Loren liked the shrimp more than I did.  They’re wrapped in egg noodles and fried.  They had a nice crunch, but the shrimp was overcooked.  For our sushi, we got a tuna avocado roll, a salmon avocado roll, a Mexican roll and a Bonsai roll.

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    Plus this cute as can be dragon roll.

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    They definitely get points for creativity.  The little wasabi dragon head was just too cute.  Overall, the sushi was really fresh and tasty.  They had a large selection of rolls to choose from and their prices are in line with the other sushi restaurants in the area.  The funniest thing about the experience was when the waiter came to clear the plates, he said it was time to slay the dragon and then he squished it with another plate.  It made me chuckle.  Total bill with a drink was $61.

    Blue Sake
    1425 Main St, Ste I
    Dunedin, FL
    727-216-3699

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • We went for a late lunch at Hot Tuna in Oldsmar today.  It was about 20 minutes before they closed for lunch and the first thing the waitress said to us was that it was last call for food. There was just something about the way she said it that really made us feel uncomfortable about coming in and ordering.  The rest of the meal was fine, but that initial greeting kind of rubbed us the wrong way.

    We ordered the lunch 2 rolls & salad for $9.99 as well as an additional Rainbow Roll.

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    Loren got the Gator and Tampa roll and I got a California and Mexican roll.  The Rainbow roll here has a crawfish salad inside that’s a bit on the spicy side for me.  I do like the colorful tobiko on top of it though.  The other rolls were fresh & tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille
    3689 Tampa Road #302B
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-818-8862

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Yummy Sushi


    We thought we were going out for Thai food, but about halfway through the menu, we decided to order sushi instead.  What can I say, we love sushi.  We started off with some steamed dumplings and a salad.

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    I liked the dressing on the salad here.  It didn’t have that overwhelming ginger/sesame oil flavor that I don’t care for.  The steamed dumplings were tasty.  They had both pork and shrimp in them along with water chestnuts and mushrooms.  For the sushi, we ordered a Mexican roll, a Rainbow roll, a Tiger Eye roll and a Boston roll, plus some salmon.

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    All of the sushi was fresh and tasty.  There was a bit too much wasabi on the salmon that cleared my sinuses right up.  Loren liked the Boston roll.  It had spicy tuna, shrimp, avocado, cucumber and kimchee sauce.  The kimchee sauce is what brought the spiciness up to the next level.  The Tiger Eye roll was interesting.  It had salmon, squid, krab, and avocado, deep fried and covered in eel sauce.  I liked it.  Normally, Loren’s not a fan of eel sauce, but he thought it was good too.  Total bill with a drink was $53.

    Thai Bay
    1300 East Bay Dr, Ste O-P
    Largo, FL
    727-584-5522

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Largo, Sushi