Blue Sushi Sake Grill will open late October in the new M-Line Tower, a new mixed-use development that sits in the heart of the McKinney Avenue corridor at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Bowen Street. Located in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood at 3220 McKinney Avenue, the restaurant will mark the group’s third Blue location in North Texas and 12th location overall.
“Since opening our first out-of-state Blue location in Fort Worth in 2010, and then opening in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas in 2015, we’ve loved being a part of the North Texas community,” said Flagship Restaurant Group CEO, Nick Hogan. “The Uptown Dallas neighborhood is a perfect fit for Blue’s lively bar and variety of sushi.”
Uniting creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake and an incredible happy hour, Blue offers a fresh and fun sushi experience. Blue’s carefully-sourced seafood is delivered daily, ensuring guests enjoy the freshest fish available. Traditional maki, nigiri and sashimi are offered along with specialty options such as the Itchy Seabass specialty nigiri, featuring baked seabass, spicy crab mix, serrano, cilantro and ponzu, as well as the Snapper Chimichurri specialty sashimi, thinly sliced madai with cucumber, cherry tomato, rocoto pepper, olive oil, marcona almonds and chino chimichurri sauce. Dishes are best enjoyed as shared plates for the whole table, encouraging meals at Blue to be a shared social experience for all.
For those in search of more than sushi, Blue’s menu features a variety of Asian-inspired dishes including the River Rock Beef Tenderloin, tender beef served on sizzling hot rocks with jalapeño ponzu and yuzu kosho, and the Kaiso, a salad with red and green tosaka seaweed in yuzu truffle sauce, cucumber sunomono and dashi with the option of adding grilled tako or snow crab. Blue takes great care to provide a vast selection of vegan and gluten-free offerings.
Its prime location on McKinney Ave., along with extensive specials throughout the week are sure to position Blue as a hot spot for happy hour – which features nearly 50 items from the sushi bar, including nigiri, sashimi and maki, as well as atakai (warm) and tsumetai (cool) starters and shared plates from the kitchen. Along with food specials, specialty pricing on cocktails, beer, wine and sake is offered every Monday-Saturday from 3-6:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Blue also offers Reverse Happy Hour food specials Friday and Saturday nights from 10-11:30 p.m., an ideal component for lively Uptown residents searching for a late-night bite.
Blue’s list of signature cocktails and martinis features creative and refreshing options such as the Samurai Saketini with Svedka cucumber lime vodka, unfiltered sake and fresh lime elixir. Expert and aspiring sake enthusiasts will appreciate an authentic, yet approachable, list of premium cold sake. Sake flights, feature three, 2-ounce pours, and offer a fun tasting experience where everyone is an expert.
Special to Blue’s Uptown location is an expanded menu of Fish Bowls – large format cocktails meant for sharing. Adding to the energetic social atmosphere at Blue, the over-sized cocktails will feature fresh flavors, strong spirits, an abundance of fresh fruit garnishes and plenty of straws for the entire table. Uptown’s five new Fish Bowls include: Pineapple Crush, Kyoto Punch, Berry Berry, Tropical Hibiscus and Cherry Sake Drop, which has a floating shot of Gekkeikan sake.