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The Best Salt Lake City Sushi Restaurants

 
Sushi

Salt Lake City Sushi Restaurants

By far the largest concentration of sushi restaurants in Utah is in Salt Lake. It only makes sense because Salt Lake is so large, but we have everything from traditional sushi restaurants to fusion sushi and even sushi in our grocery stores and from the back of a truck.

Sushi is no longer a fringe food that only the most modern eat.  When we have sushi restaurants in small Utah towns like Farmington and Pleasant Grove then you know it’s reach is growing.  Thousands of people are brave enough to try “raw fish” and are delighted to find out that it tastes so much better than what they thought.  For some reason people have images in their minds of Gollum tearing into a raw fish.  What I generally tell people is that it’s nothing like that and unless you are ordering sashimi, nigiri or some particularly heavy fish roll, it’s difficult to even determine what your tasting as the raw fish part.  Most sushi rolls are made so well that you don’t taste any one individual flavor or ingredient.  when sushi is done right you get a mixing of the flavors that is somehow better than all the individual pieces.

Not only is it delicious to taste, but most times it is visually pleasing as well, made with so many colors and textures that it’s like a firework display.  Vibrant reds, oranges, greens, pinks and more all explode in a wonderful flavor in your mouth. Another thing I like about eating sushi is that it can be almost ceremonial.  Instead of unwrapping a greasy burger you have a dish that was hand-made just for you with the freshest ingredients.  It is presented with fancy dishes and there are multiple steps to eat it from taking it from the serving dish applying soy sauce if desired and necessary and partaking with chop sticks.  All this is so much for civilized than chowing down on a burger or ribs.  Don’t get me wrong, I love those foods as well, but with sushi you take your time and can share the experience with friends.  It’s just a fun formal experience.

In order to have such great sushi restaurants all over Salt Lake City we need to have fish companies that provide sushi grade fish fresh daily.  Aquarius Fish Co. is one of those companies that offer a wide assortment of fish and a nice little recipe for sushi and fish dishes as well. You can get everything from Catfish to Chilean Seabass to Maine Lobster Tails fresh daily.

According to Aquarius,”Omega 3. Oily fish, such as herring, mackeral, salmon and bluefish, are one of the few nutritional sources of Omega-e polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help prevent heart disease and strokes and may help prevent some cancers and help minimize the symptoms of arthritis.”

So whether you want to try your own hand at making sushi, just want a good fillet of fish to make at home or wonder how all the great sushi restaurants in Salt Lake City and around Utah get their fresh sushi grade fish, now you know.

We also have some great sushi chefs in Utah like Lehi’s Jonas Otsuji.  From his own site the Sushi Surfer we learn that he is “a fourth-generation Japanese American born in Hawaii, prides himself in the art of making sushi and creating unique Japanese inspired dishes.  Jonas got his start as a child learning to cook Japanese cuisine at the age of 6 from his grandmother, Fumie Otsuji.  Chef Otsuji apprenticed at the #1 rated sushi bar in Las Vegas, Sushi Roku.  He went on to work at a number of sushi bars on the west coast learning new skills and techniques from each one.  One of his most influential teachers was Master Sushi Chef Kunio Jimbo.  “Chef Jimbo was so free with his knowledge and took the time to explain things in great detail.  This inspired me to teach others.”  Chef Otsuji has paid it forward by teaching sushi classes at some of the most respected culinary schools in Utah.”

For a complete list of sushi restaurants in Salt Lake City Utah and other cities check out our official Utah Sushi Roll.

Currently here are the highest rated sushi restaurants in Salt Lake county.

  1. Takashi
  2. Naked Fish Japanese Bistro
  3. Ichiban Sushi and Japanese Cuisine

 

Visiting Fuji Sushi in Centerville Utah

 
Fuji Sushi Centerville Utah

Fuji Sushi Centerville Utah

My first visit to Fuji Sushi was a mixed bag.  I first tried a dinner combo with the Veggie Maki Combo.  The price was great for this combo, $10 for a six piece cucumber, avocado and veggie roll that had cucumber, avocado, asparagus, and pickled radish. It’s a good deal as well because you get the choice of soup or salad.  I chose the Miso soup this time and it was an average tasting soup.  While I’m not a vegetarian, I do enjoy many vegetarian sushi rolls.  I’ve had some incredible fresh vegetarian sushi rolls where I was transported back to my grandfathers summer garden with fresh cucumbers.  However these rolls were not very good at all.  I don’t know if it was that it was late in the day and they didn’t use the freshest ingredients, but the rolls had no taste to almost a bad taste.  I was disappointed in these rolls and was hoping for better.

I gave Fuji Sushi another chance though and tried another Fuji Sushi lunch combo and this time I was much more happy with the freshness and taste of the rolls.  While they are not the giant rolls and don’t match the freshness I’ve had at other sushi bars they did taste good.  The lunch combo allows you to pick two rolls from their lunch menu for $8.50.  I chose a spicy white tuna crunchy roll and a spicy crab avocado roll.  With the lunch you can also choose a soup or salad and this time I chose the salad. The salad was average with the good parts being the cucumber and shredded carrots that were fresh, but the lettuce was just iceberg.  The dressing was fine and it was fun to eat a salad with chop sticks.

So it comes down to if I’m going to just grab some quick and cheap takeout I’d go back if I’m in the neighborhood, but if I want a good sit down sushi lunch in the Centerville/Farmington area I’d choose Sushi Monster hands down.

Alaska Roll

Alaska Roll

 

Alaska roll
similar to California roll with raw salmon
Category: Standard Roll
Level: Intermediate

Alaska Roll Description: The Alaska sushi Roll is the next step for many beginner sushi eaters.  Those who have just tried California rolls but want to venture into trying raw fish.

Alaska Roll Recipe

1 fillet sushi grade salmon
1 avocado
1 Cucumber
1 Seaweed (Nori) sheet
1 Cups sushi rice
1/2-1 Tbsp sesame seeds to taste

How to Make an Alaska Sushi Roll

Masiosare Roll

Sushi Itto in Toluca Mexico

 

Address: Toluca, Mexico
Phone: 01 800 00 SUSHI
Cuisine: Sushi, Asia, Fusion
Website: sushi-itto.com.mx

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
I was in Toluca Mexico on business and talking to the clients about sushi and they wanted to take me to a local spot so I could try Mexican sushi.  At first glance this sounded kind of dodgy, but if you stop to think about it there are so many great locations in Mexico for fresh seafood, so why couldn’t it be a good combination.  We visited Sushi Itto and it was located in a shopping center.  The decorations and setting were new and nice and the sushi was typical for what I’d expect in a standard US sushi restaurant.  One of my favorite things about the restaurant though is it’s actual menu.  Most sushi menus are difficult to use and you don’t know what you’re ordering unless you’ve had it a couple times before.  Their menu had a picture of the roll, listed the ingredients and the price.  All the information you needed in one spot.  Excellent!

Quality: 3
Sushi Itto’s guality was good but not great.  They had some really nice tasting rolls with great flavors, but they just don’t stack up is size or quality to some of the better restaurants I’ve eaten at here in Utah.  For example, the Masiosare Roll with grilled rib eye steak, onion and chipotle sauce all rolled up in a flour tortilla was excellent.  Great spices and flavoring, but some of the other more standard rolls tasted a bit more like a typical California roll.

Cleanliness: 3
The location seemed rather new and modern.  It appeared to be very clean.

Service: 3
The service was good, they even had menu’s in English for the non-Spanish speakers.  The food came fast and the people were friendly, but not overly accommodating.

Price: 3
The price is typical for a sushi restaurant in the US.  Even with the conversion rate the prices were not bad for the four of us who ate.

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Sumisu Sushi and Asian Fusion

 

Address: 309 E. Center St.
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: (208) 232-5610
Cuisine: Sushi, Asia, Fusion
Website: Facebook

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: 3.25
While I just went for takeout and the order was only for two rolls I was still excited to try sushi from a restaurant in my home town of Pocatello Idaho.  While Idaho is known for great fishing, it was the first time I had tried sushi in Idaho.  This was important for me as I was introducing some of my more skeptical family members to sushi for the first time.

Quality: 3
Sumisu’s quality was what I would expect from a sushi restaurant in Utah.  While both our states aren’t directly adjacent to the ocean they both seem to have relatively quick access to fresh fish and seafood.  The rolls both tasted and smelled very fresh.

Cleanliness: 4
This is a brand new restaurant so it’s spotless.  The decorations are minimalistic and there’s not a lot of surface to get dirty.  Everything I saw was clean and added to the overall experience of the restaurant.

Service: 3
The service was good, and while I didn’t get exposed to the full service the order was taken and filled very quickly with a friendly attitude.  I wouldn’t hesitate to come back for more in the future.

Price: 3
The price is typical for a sushi restaurant and while there is another all-you-can-eat restaurant in town the prices seemed standard for good sushi.

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