Frederick News Post Article
There was nothing lazy about dinner at Lazy Fish.
The new Asian sushi bistro in downtown Frederick offers not only a pleasant atmosphere, but also the staff’s attention to detail and the quality of ingredients give you an experience you won’t soon forget.
My wife and I stopped by on a recent Sunday for dinner after seeing a show at the Weinberg. Located on the second floor at 10 E. Patrick St., Lazy Fish has a quaint decor, with earthy tones and an intimate dining area. If you’re lucky enough, there will be a seat open at one of the booths that overlook downtown.
The menu’s stars are the fish options — whether you’re talking one of the dozen specialty rolls, classic rolls or nigiri.
Lazy Fish also has entrees if you’re not in the mood for sushi.
Our waiter for the evening was patient about our inability to make decisions because so many options appealed to us. We asked, and he politely offered suggestions of some of the favorites.
We kept going back and forth on whether one of us would order sushi and the other would get an entrée like the Singapore Noodle with chicken ($15). But in the end, we decided to stick to the seafood and go all in with sushi.
We started things off with a bowl of miso soup ($3) and one of the more intriguing sounding appetizers: tuna poppers ($12). Described on the menu as having spicy tuna, jalapeno, cream cheese, tempura, eel sauce and spicy mayo, the poppers were good but not great. You get two jalapeno peppers split in half lengthwise and each piece is then stuffed with the remaining ingredients. We were a little disappointed with the portion, given the price. Next time, I would probably swap that for another of their specialty rolls (I’ll get to those next).
After finishing off our first courses, the stars of the night were delivered to our table on a single white plate.
We decided to split two of their specialty rolls and one of the nigiri — two pieces of fish each served atop a ball of rice.
First, I have to talk about presentation. As lovers of sushi, my wife and I agree that you can tell how it will be just by how the rolls are presented.
In this case, we instantly knew we were in for a good night.
The Pepper Sesame Tuna is one of their signature nigiri items. You get two per order ($6.50), and you’ll wish you ordered more. The tuna gets a quick sear and they top it with a honey sauce, according to the menu. Although you only get one bite — at least we did because we shared the order — you savor that bite.
We then moved on to the two signature rolls. We decided on The Keys (how can you go wrong with something called that in Frederick?) and Shark Tank. The rolls, eight pieces each, were $14 and $13 respectively.
Just so you get an idea of how good these were, here’s how they’re described on the menu:
The Keys — Chilean sea bass tempura, avocado, topped with spicy tuna, roasted garlic, Hawaiian BBQ sauce and wasabi sauce.
Shark Tank — Spicy tuna, avocado, seared pepper tuna, spicy ponzu aioli and tempura flakes.
OK, now that you’ve read that, I want you to think about just how delicious that sounds.
Each bite was better than the last. I closed my eyes each time I took a bite of either roll. We tried to communicate what we were eating but were unable to speak.
The bill for the evening came to $48.50 before tax and tip.
Given the fact we left full and in what we’ll just say was sushi nirvana, you can bet we’ll be back again soon.