Surprise Birthday at Blowfish

Earlier this week I was thinking about my brother’s upcoming birthday and I thought, what the hell do I get this foodie!?!? Not only is he a chef, and the owner of Eats of Asia but he is one of those whose birthday’s fall into the prime holiday season. Then I thought, why not have a Surprise Party for him! So naturally the following thoughts came to mind…





The answers came to me just as quickly…

Blowfish, duh! He loves that place, and always promises to go with me.

Invite the fam jam + friends.

Saturday is his actual bday, but because of previous commitments Sunday would do & hopefully throw him off.  

Get his wife Jo to tell him she is going to take him for dinner and arrive at Blowfish instead

Everything came together and went according to plan. I made a banner that read “Happy Birthday”. I received the infamous “We are here” text from Jo and we all stood up and held balloons. As he walked through the door we all yelled SURPRISE and threw balloons at him, because in our family we like to show love through aggression. He was genuinely surprised and I was happy we pulled it off.

We ate SO MUCH FOOD, but I would be happy to eat there every day. Not only is it so tasty, but the presentation is on point!

We started with the Agedashi Tofu. Theresa said it best; I never knew tofu could taste so good!

The vegi + shrimp tempura was also great. Not greasy and just the perfect amount of batter.

The volcano roll was appropriately in the shape of a triangle which I thought was super clever. And the sauce was also tastefully placed and orange. Dammit Helen you genius you!

The Crunchy Salmon Roll was exactly that. The salmon wasn’t overpowered by the other ingredients and the crunch was great.

The Dynamite roll was huge, and it was fun watching others eat it.

Spicy Tuna Maki lived up to it’s name. The tiny jalapeños gave it an extra kick in the pants and we were all surprised that a tiny roll could pack so much punch.

Kamikaze Roll has always been one of my favourites, so I was excited to share this with people. the crunch on the outside is very unassuming. But it fits so nicely with the salmon + other ingredients.

The Signature Blowfish Sushi Roll brought a nice balance to our spicy rolls. The mango added a nice sweetness that was very appreciated.

I didn’t eat any of the Birthday Boy Special but I totally wanted to hahaha. It looked amazing and Jay loved everything that was on it.

The Nutella wontons were there perfect finisher. They were light, and had the right amount of sweetness to it that wasn’t overpowering.

The night went off without a hitch thanks to Jo, Jemmi, Helen & those that came out 🙂 If you haven’t been to Blowfish you gotta head down ASAP! The ramen burger is back for December so call and make a reso.

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