Blue Wagyu is part restaurant, part market. Choose your beef and have it prepared for you as you sip on a craft beer or fine wine on the dining room. Or take your selections home. And it’s not just beef – choose from organic chicken, cheeses, vegetables, and other signature items like the Mile High Mac and Cheese.
There is also a menu offered for those who just prefer to come in and enjoy a nice meal. Salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza, and burgers make up most of the menu, but be sure not to overlook the fries. They are delectable. But it is the wagyu beef that takes center stage here. Wagyu (the literal translation from Japanese means “black cow”) is a breed of Asian cattle known to be raised and harvested in a specific region in Japan. The meat is healthier than its other beef counterparts and tends to contain a lower level of cholesterol. It’s all in the marbling.
I approached the counter, placed my order, than sat at one of the many tables in the front half of the market. As my burger was being prepared, I started my meal with a Caesar salad. I feel as though how a Caesar salad is prepared and served can say a lot about a restaurant. Sometimes the dressing can be over salted, other times the croutons are obviously bought in bulk and very generic. However, here at Blue Wagyu, the lettuce was bright and green while the croutons were fresh and huge. The dressing had obvious hints of anchovies as Caesar dressing should, which tells me that either someone knows how to make a proper Caesar salad, or they know exactly where to buy it from.
While I normally am not a beef burger type of gal, I felt that “when in Rome” mentality. I ordered the Hariku II with pickled vegetables, basil, mint, curry aioli, and Nuoc Cham sauce. There is a large selection of burgers ranging from the Sanjirou (chili fire kale, crispy fried shallots, fried egg, caramelized bacon and chili aioli) to the Suzutani (basil, tomato, mozzarella and balsamic glaze).
The burgers are offered in two sizes – 1/4 lb. or the 1/2 lb. – I went for the half pound and was not disappointed. Though I don’t eat a lot of burgers, this was by far one of the best burgers I have ever imagined. My top favorite burger is from Gordon Ramsey’s Burgr, the restaurant that always has a long line in Las Vegas). So yes, this burger can certainly hold its own with the big guys.
And of course, the menu says the fries are famous, so who am I to turn my back on a famous fry?
The fries are hand cut and lightly salted. And I understand why they are famous.
Despite being stuffed, happy, and satisfied, I felt the need to indulge in a couple of cookies for dessert. The desserts are always changing, but I hope for your sake the cookies are there for you when you visit.
I have definitely bookmarked Blue Wagyu for my next visit to Ocala. This is a place I highly recommend. An easy 5 out of 5 sprouts for me!