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Samurai Blue Rocks Again!



When I started as Community Manager of Tampa Bay, I had the fantasy of hosting my first event at my favorite restaurant in the area. That dream came true, when last May, Samurai Blue hosted Konnichiwa Tampa Bay! In May of 2013, we celebrated the memories of one of the best Elite events ever, with The Yelpiversary. The result? I wish that we could hire the owners of Samurai Blue to train future Yelp event hosts on how to throw a perfect shindig. Seriously, the level of organization and awesomeness is just overwhelming here.

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The food, in my opinion, is as good as it gets… but don't take my word for it – ask Christina C. "I am a sushi fanatic, so ever since I RSVP'd I've been anxiously waiting for this event to come. Samurai Blue definitely lived up to its hype as one of the best sushi places in the Tampa Bay area. Surprisingly, after the Lobster Tempura Roll, my next favorite dish was the Pork Cha Siu Bowl." For a second opinion, Cassie P is an echoer or sentiments. "I was introduced to Samurai Blue when I first moved to Tampa 7 years ago, and to me, it sets the standard for all other sushi restaurants. Today I got to sample so many different menu items that I don't usually order- and I can still stand by the aforementioned statement.

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In addition to the delightful delectables, the staff was crisp, organized, and as friendly as "all get-out" </southern guy talk.> Kerry J, say what? "This was probably the smoothest of all Yelp events I've attended. Everything was timed perfectly and we were even given a menu to see the incredible range of dishes we'd be sampling. It wasn't too crowded, too loud, or too chaotic. We were able to just sit back and watch all of the gorgeous offerings coming to our table." And winner of "Most Comedic Event Review" goes to Amy M… take it away, Ames. (We can call you Ames, right?) "Ah, just another Sunday afternoon getting wined and dined at a private party – wonder what all the uncool people were doing. The party tempo was very low key, compared to other Yelp bang outs – a welcomed soothing change. As usual, the most effort of the day was writing your name on the name tag – from there, you didn't have to lift a finger, just your chopsticks."

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Samurai Blue's owners Yung and Rosa are truly Godsends to a Yelp community. I cannot express enough gratitude to them, nor can I convey the overwhelming feeling that their food brings to my taste buds. It's a sensation like no other. The only way that my job could be better, is if it were my responsibility to have an event here every month. Best. Anniversay. Ever.

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Brett N – Yelp TB CM

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