Interesting restaurant name and theme tactics have been a thing for as long as we can remember. A weird backstory, off-the-wall design scheme, or cryptic name having nothing to do with the food is fun. We get it. For example, who doesn't want to eat farm-to-table fusion fare in a converted turn of the century mortuary? But even when checking out a relatively mysterious place for the first time, we still usually know what we're getting into - except in the case of Mister Tuna.
We had heard no real details, and only a few facts:
- The menu and space pays homage to Hawaiian food culture
- There's a pickle bar
- There's a giant mural depicting the Chef's mom
- There are pictures of a pet parrot named Mister Tuna
Turns out not knowing what to expect was a really good thing. Regardless of what they're trying to do at Mister Tuna (we still aren't completely sure), we love it.
The menu is a nice hodgepodge of pretty much everything: shellfish, pasta, pizza, tacos, sashimi...lamb. All of which are priced high, but done really well. The King Crab is one of the best bites in the city right now. The pastas are fresh and rich, and perfect for the colder fall weather. And the sashimi, one of the only things that has any real relevance to the restaurant name, is excellent.
The space is trendy, has plenty of flash, and is nothing even remotely close to being reminiscent of Hawaii. But don't sweat the inconsistencies. All you need to know is that the food and atmosphere at Tuna are well worth the trip, especially for upcoming date nights. Nothing really makes sense, but it doesn't matter, because it's all good.
Fresh sashimi served on a giant, cold salt block. Like ice fishing with chopsticks. Theatrics aside, this is one of our favorite starters.
Fresh King Crab is hard to mess up, but probably even harder to do really well - but this thing is pretty exceptional. We recommend ordering at least one per person.
A good mix of avocado and other briny morsels compliment the fish really well. We'd eat this as our main for lunch all day long.
If you're in the mood for pasta, this is our favorite version of it at Tuna. Consider sharing it, though. Super rich and hearty.
Basically a really fancy open-faced tuna sandwich. Nothing special, but we're suckers for good tuna. This is good tuna.
A big fish without an overly fishy flavor. A nice main that gets punched up with some potent kimchi.