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Scout Notes: How many times have you ventured to yet another tapas restaurant, only to see the same bruschetta/sliders/antipasti time and time again? Approximately too many times, that's how many. Don't get me wrong—I'm not knocking a good cheese plate. (Sacrilege!) But every so often, one might thirst for something different. And that thirst can be slaked here at Blue Grotto. Inside this tucked-away restaurant and lounge hides both sushi and Asian tapas, all to be enjoyed in the restaurant's intimate lounge and cozy environs. Slip into the side lounge with a freshly concocted wolfberry martini (betcha don't see that every day) and settle right into the comfy couches, or claim a table in the dining room (the better to spread out all those plates of sushi you surely won't be able to resist ordering). You might be curious: what exactly is an Asian tapa? Well, it's most certainly not the fresh-from-the-freezer spring rolls you might see at other so-called fusion tapas joints. Here, Mama Mei, the matriarch of the Wu family, whips up her specialties in the kitchen, her creations including gyoza pots, crystal shrimp dumplings, and a tuna avocado stack that melts in your mouth (and has a nice little kick, thanks to wasabi guac salad). But trust us: you can't leave the place without trying some of Allen Wu's sushi rolls. (In case you haven't noticed, Blue Grotto is definitely a family affair.) Fresh nigiri, pure and simple basics, and complex specialties (see: the seven spices-marinated tuna "Sexy Roll") make up the offerings at the sushi bar, and you shouldn't let yourself leave without trying a few of each. Of course, we'd like to recommend trying one of each of those tapas, too, but you might surrender somewhere between the crab claw spring rolls and the five-spice braised filet mignon. Guess you'll just have to keep coming back... time and time again. Menu Highlights: Mama Mei's Gyoza Pot, $7 Crystal Shrimp Dumpling, $6 Tuna Avocado Stack Sexy Roll, $12 Unagi (Eel) Nigiri, $6 Tamago (Sweet Egg), $3 Hours: Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SMALL PLATES, BIG FLAVOR Voted five stars on Google, Urbanspoon and Citysearch, Blue Grotto Tapas, Sushi & Bar's caused a line around the block! Right now, just one Alexander Hamilton (that's only $10!) gets you $20 to spend on Asian fusion small plates and signature martinis at this Sandy Spring's treasure. With the chef's own organically grown vegetables, internationally-inspired recipes and hip atmosphere, food critics deem Blue Grotto a "refreshing paradise." Jack's sampling a little bit of everything--join him today! HE SAID, (SU)SHI SAID Jack finds most menus too restrictive in their one-dish-per-course approach. Since he prefers to fill his bowl with a little bit of everything, tapas and sushi bars are his resto of choice, especially when they're the talk of the town. Here's a sneak peek of what he's ordering tonight! Try the Pistachio Fried Shrimp, served with cucumber salad and sweet chili sauce. Next order the Chorizo con Papas Empanada, stuffed with chorizo, mashed potato and cinnamon. Sushi mood? Don your chopsticks for the Lobster Tsunami Roll, crunchy lobster tempura rolled inside crisp nori with asparagus, avocado, cucumber and topped with tobiko.
While some people seek the glittering Mayan gold that legend says is submerged in a lake, you're more interested in hunting down a bite to eat. Unearth fare that's rich in flavor with today's deal from Blue Grotto Sushi, Tapas & Bar. Pay $12 for $25 to spend on food and drink at dinner. This Sandy Springs establishment -- considered on of the area's culinary gems by satisfied Urbanspooners -- serves up small plates of lamb kebabs, spicy crab cakes, and more. Sip an Asian-inspired cocktail or a selection from the extensive wine list while enjoying a traditional or specialty sushi roll. Thanks to the free Wi-Fi, elegant lounge, and outdoor patio, you're sure to dig this treasure trove of fusion fare.
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