Sushi, like the archival footage of Mark McGwire's birth, is best known for its raw quality. Get attached to Asian fusion with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pan-Asian dinner at Blue Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro in Dublin.
Blue Ginger melds the flavors of Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia into a menu replete with regional specialties such as the crispy red snapper simmered in panang curry, caramelized soy syrup, and rice-wine vinegar ($19.99). Like hungry DNA modelers, chefs interlace pad thai noodles with protein pairings of chicken, pork, and shrimp ($9.99), and the wok-glazed Blue Ginger sears meat or tofu in caramelized red onions and shitake mushrooms ($13.99). For cylindrical treats, chefs slice up sushi specialties such as the Cincinnati roll, which swaddles salmon, kani, cream cheese, and tempura in a seaweed security blanket ($9.99). Dining duos can share the American deluxe sushi platter, featuring three rolls apiece of tuna, yellowtail, and salmon, with a tuna avocado roll rounding out the party ($23.99). Honey-colored walls hung with Asian artwork surround cherry-wood furnishings and patterned booths as chefs hand-roll their masterpieces behind the sushi bar.
Blue Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro
Blue Ginger’s chefs have no shortage of sources when they need inspiration for their next dish. Rather than limit their scope to a single region or country, they scan recipe books from across Asia and pick out their favorites as starting points. Some of the recipes they dig up date back centuries, but they’re more interested in looking toward the future than dwelling on the past.
It’s certainly a bright future they envision—one in which the best elements of various Asian cuisines have joined forces in the same dishes. There are even some influences from outside Asia that make it into the mix, as the duck fajitas and pan-roasted chilean sea bass will attest. This inclusive spirit isn’t just limited to the food. An extensive drink menu features imported beers, martinis blended with sake, and cocktails stirred with miniature world flags.