Review: Mt. Adams Fish House

Terry and I decided to go up to Mt. Adams to hang out last Saturday night. Despite living a mere mile or so away, we just never head up there, as much as we like it. We had a pretty fun evening, starting out at The Monk’s Cove, where Terry had his first Jello shots. He’d never had them before, can you believe it? I felt sort of like I was back in college again, though I only had one or two. They weren’t very strong.

(This is actually after round two, after dinner. The remnants of a buttery nipple and some Jello shots. We know how to par-tay.)

Mt. Adams Fish House is owned by the same people who own Teak, who are the same people who own Apsara. Terry and I, in the fall, had actual entrees (not just sushi) at the Fish House, but we don’t really recommend it. I found the entrees uninteresting and really oversauced to the point where you couldn’t tell what sort of fish you were eating. And why get entrees when you can have sushi?

Their sushi is quite good. It’s very fresh and they always have some pretty innovative specials which are all beautifully presented. We started out with some edamame, which I did not take a picture of. Bad blogger. We then ordered our sushi– two rolls and some nigiri. The rolls we chose were the Baltimore roll (which involves Old Bay seasoning, cream cheese, crab, avocado and cucumber; a bit like a Philadelphia roll) and the spider roll, which involved fried soft shell crab, spicy mayo, cucumber and avocado. It was quite tasty (but Terry ate the ones with the legs).

We also got unagi, smoked salmon and tuna. I’m a huge fan of unagi– but often, it’s too covered in the soy and sugar sauce, and you can’t taste the eel. When the sauce is right, the unagi itself is often chewy. This wasn’t as tender and soft as I’ve had other places, but it wasn’t too overly sweet or salty, and not too chewy.

It is not my favorite sushi in town (Sake Bomb is my favorite, and Aoi was better, but that’s for another review after a more extensive tasting) but it is a great choice when you’re up in Mt. Adams.Mt Adams Fish House on Urbanspoon

  • Cin Twin1

    Your pics made me excited because after HH tonight (will you be there around 6ish?) I am going to Bangkok Bistro in Hyde Park for a family dinner. What I love about places like BB, Mt.AFH, Green Papaya, and other sushi/Thai places is that I can get my sushi fix and the rest of the family can eat Thai. I can’t seem to get anyone else as excited about sushi like I am.

    I did think Mt Adams Fish House sushi was definitely high quality when I took my father there a few months back. Never been to Sake Bomb but will put in on my list. See you tonight!

  • vudutu

    For the best sushi you have to go to NKY. I have not had it in a while but The fish house sushi was OK but not top notch, Saki Bomb I wont go into, overpriced and I hate the scene. The best sushi in Cincinnasti is actually in NKY.

    Miyoshi and Matsuya then JoAn and AOI, the Chung Ki Wha Korean BBQ and Sushi Truck stop is fun, watch out for the wasabi fish eggs, they will take the the top of your head off, eat at the bar, it’s a hoot.

    The reason sushi is better in NKY is Toyota. As good as you will find in this country except perhaps the coasts. A sushi loving friend who went to Japan last year confirmed this.

  • caseyc

    Sake Bomb, has,in my opinion, gone downhill fast this past year. Atrocious and indifferent service (even when empty), lackluster kitchen work, increasingly shoddy and nicked interior…we used to go there quite often with our two kids, who loved it. Things is, the price tag was not on the low end…given the bad service and mediocre food, Green Papaya has replaced Sake Bomb in that mid-range sushi category as far as we’re concerned. Aoi is in another (nigher) tier altogether.

  • Julie Niesen

    Casey, I haven’t noticed the downturn in food quality or in service, but you’re right, the interior does look a bit aged and crumbling.

    Vudutu, we tend to go to Sake Bomb on weeknights, not on weekends, but we both don’t mind the scene on the weekends.

    Cin Twin– I agree! Or we’ll get sushi for an appetizer, then follow up with Thai. I really need to get to Green Papaya– maybe this week.

    (BTW, where was I supposed to be? You mentioned it and I don’t remember…)

  • CincyCapell

    I was told last night that Chanaka, the owner of the Fish House, Teak & The Celestial has bought Longworth’s in Mt Adams. Anyone else heard this?

  • CincyDining

    I know exactly what you mean about Mt. Adams! We’ve been up there a handful of times, and enjoyed meals at Teak and Guido’s, but we seldom even think to go up there when we’re looking for a place to go. I’m going to have to remind myself to get there!

  • Julie Niesen

    Cincycapelli– I’ve heard this too, and am interested to see what comes of it.

    Cincydining– I love going to the Wine Cellar and to Teak, though I have a new-found soft spot for The Blind Lemon, too. And, of course, there’s Daveed’s.

  • Kelly K

    Food was awesome. Victor was impeccable!!! Thanks for a wonderful evening with wonderful sushi (lava and st. Gregory rolls) and surf & turf. We’ll return soooooooon!

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