Blue C Sushi and Minamoto Kitchoan Opens in Fashion Island

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As I wrote in an earlier post over a year ago, the closest thing to a sushi bar you could get at Fashion Island was Hana Grill at the food court. Blue C Sushi changes this. Yes, the new restaurant happens to be a revolving sushi joint, where plates of sushi roll by on a conveyor belt; but a sushi bar is a sushi bar, even if it's a moving one.

Blue C hails from the Seattle area, where it already has six locations also situated in shopping malls. The Fashion Island outlet, which opens this week is located upstairs, near Casey's Cupcakes and Native Foods.

Also new to the uppity outdoor mall: a Japanese dessert shop called Minamoto Kitchoan, which is one of the more popular wagashi chains in Japan. What's wagashi? It's traditional Japanese confectionery usually served with tea. Some of the most common are made of mochi or stuffed with sweet red bean paste.

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Fashion Island

401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA

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Ate there for lunch.  Grossly overpriced, with mediocre food.  Here is my ranking of conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Orange County:

1.  Kula Sushi--best selection; highest quality--Irvine and Laguna Hills;

2.  Kura Sushi--Costa Mesa.

3.  Kaisen Sushi--Costa Mesa--I would have them in second but for the strong fish odor in the restaurant the last time I ate there.

4.  Genki Sushi--Santa Ana--Main Street Mall.

5.  Gaitten Sushi--Irvine.  Ate there this week.  Really disappointed with quality and selection.

6.  Blue C Sushi--Newport Beach.  Six plates.  Total bill was $33.  I strongly suggest the manager of Blue C go to Kula Sushi and copy its success.

JBinOC topcommenter

I believe Native Foods -- the exceptionally good pioneer of fast casual vegan food -- closed its Fashion Island location at the end of last year.  I'm wondering if Blue C Sushi is now occupying its former space.

Native Foods, btw, is still open at The Camp in Costa Mesa and The District in Tustin. 

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