Monthly Archives: March 2013

Yum Yum Roll

Yum Yum Roll


Yum Yum Roll
Baked crab cucumber avocado and mixture of seven sauces
Category: Specialty Roll
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Description:  The Yum Yum roll tastes a little fishy but the crunchiness on top and the sauces make for a pleasant flavor overall.  Good but not great.

Caterpillar Roll

Caterpillar Roll


Caterpillar Roll
Eel cucumber topped with avocado bonito shaving and eel sauce
Category: Specialty Roll
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Description:  The Caterpillar roll was nice if you’re a fan of eel.  It’s probably a bit much for the beginner, but the eel has a nice taste with avocado.


Mochi Ball Ice Cream

Mochi Ice Cream


mochi ice cream
Mochi ice cream is a Japanese confection made from mochi (pounded sticky rice) with an ice cream filling.

Category: Side
Level: Beginner

Mochi and mochi Ball Description:Mochi ice cream is a small, round dessert ball consisting of a soft, pounded sticky rice cake (mochi) on the outside and an ice cream filling on the inside. It is then dusted with corn starch. There are many flavors to choose from, but the most popular are green tea (matcha), vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and red bean (azuki).



Omakase -Please decide for me


I came across a great article on “How to Order sushi like a ninja” today which had some really great points.

Their first suggestion is to pick a good sushi chef.  It’s been my experience that this is no small task at some restaurants.  At a few restaurants I’ve been to there’s little chance to actually get to talk to the sushi chef unless your seated at the sushi bar.  There’s also the little matter of not all sushi chefs speaking English or having a limited vocabulary and don’t seem really friendly.

On the flip side I’ve been to a few sushi restaurants where the sushi chef comes out from behind the bar and asks how the meal was.  This usually happens when the restaurant is not busy, but I think this is one of the keys to getting customers to come back time after time.

Their recommendations are:

Look for a slightly nicer Japanese restaurant featuring a sushi chef who:

Keeps a clean cutting board. -The cleaner and neater the work station, the better the chef.

Has charisma in his presentation. -You want to be able to talk to your sushi chef, joke around with him, ask him for recommendations.

Knows his rice. -Chefs in Japan typically spend two years’ training on rice alone, as it is the essence of sushi. Unlike sweet rice served at meals, sushi rice is repeatedly rinsed to clean up the grains and seasoned with vinegar and the chef’s own secret ingredients.

Here are three Japanese phrases that refer to different ways to order sushi.

Okimari: “It has been decided.”

This refers to set meals and sushi samplers, menu items that have a fixed price and require very little thought. Still, there is usually a good variety of fish to be had.

Okonomi: “As I like it.”

If you’ve been around the block with sushi restaurants and know what suits your palette, go ahead and order fish-by-fish. Most venues will present only two pieces of sushi for each order – the idea is to appreciate the variety.

Omakase: “Please decide for me.”

Saying “omakase” while sitting down at the sushi bar is probably the smartest decision you can make.

Sushi chefs know which fish are the tastiest to have arrived that day, and omakase gives them an opportunity to show-off their skills and experiment with presentation.

The only downside of omakase is the expense: if you ask the chef to choose what’s best, he will most likely assume you aren’t concerned with the price.

Many chefs will use less rice for an omakase order, so you may eat more fish without filling up so quickly.

They do have an additional piece of advice that is probably more suited to Nigiri and Sashimi.
If you’re starting out or just enjoying rolls this isn’t as big of a taboo but probably still a good idea.

They say avoid dousing your sushi in soy and wasabi and don’t naturally assume that all food is eaten with chopsticks.
Traditionally sushi rolls were eaten with your hands only, which I think is a bit of a shame as it’s seems more fun and sanitary.

I highly encourage you to read the rest of the article as they have a lot of great tips on how to eat sushi and sashimi.

The Happy Sumo Sushi Restaurant &Sushi Bar


Happy Sumo at Old Mill Village
6572 S. Big Cottonwood Cyn Road  Cottonwood Heights, UT
(801) 733-9661
Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi


Utah Sushi Roll Expert Review:
Our expert reviews take into account four factors: food quality, cleanliness of location, service and price. Ratings are on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being outstanding. Our rating for this Restaurant is as follows:Overall Rating: 3.375
The Happy Sumo is a nice sushi restaurant with lovely decor and atmosphere.  They have a wonderful website with full color photos of what their sushi should look like.  I went there with a group of friends for work and they were very accommodating even though we were early for lunch.

Food Quality: 3.5
The food here is good and everything tasted fresh.

Cleanliness: 4.0
This is a newer restaurant even though it’s not the first in the building.  The dining area is clean and everything looks nice.  No worries about eating here.

Service: 3.0
The hostess was nice and even let our large group in early for lunch.  We had some nice drinks and talked while we wait but our orders were taken quickly and our food came out quicker than I anticipated.  Of course we were the only ones in the restaurant that early but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Price: 3.0
Happy Sumo is in a business park and is priced that way.  While they do have some specials that are nicely priced, this isn’t a half-off sushi restaurant.  You pay full price for good sushi.


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Park City Sushi Restaurants


Taking a look at some of the best sushi restaurants in Park City, here is our list of contenders.

  • Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar -Lespri Prime Steak Sushi, nestled in to the popular Prospector area of Park City, offers three event spaces to celebrate a birthday, toast the bride and groom, or commemorate just about anything!
  • Yuki Arashi -Yuki Arashi’s menu consists of traditional Japanese sushi, sashimi, tempura, maki and Asian tapas.
  • Shoyu Sushi House -Try the Death Roll with Softshell crab, avocado, cucumber, and hot sauce or the Black cat roll with Spicy albacore tuna with cucumber and sprouts covered with black sesame.
  • Shabu -Shabu shabu is a Japanese “hot pot” meal that lets you be the chef. Customize your own shabu shabu with a selection of savory homemade broths, made-to-order bento boxes and a variety of dipping sauces.
  • Sushi Blue -Try the Volcano Roll with Fresh Water Eel, Avocado, Crab Baked with Spicy Mayo, Topped with Unagi Sauce.
  • Oishi Sushi Bar and Grill -They are located at the Summit Watch Marriott Hotel Plaza in lower Main St. of Park City ski resort

Park City is a unique location in Utah with it’s amazing skiing and variety of restaurants.  They say that variety is the spice of life and it’s easy to find that in Park City Utah.  Many of the restaurants are award-winning and are among the finest in the Inter-mountain West, reflecting many different culinary styles and influences.