Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rice Basil Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar


Address: 2335 E. Murray Holladay Road, Holladay, Utah
Phone: (801) 278-8682
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Teriyak


Takashi Sushi in Salt Lake City Utah


Takashi’s is consistently rated at the top of the list for sushi restaurants in Salt Lake City and it’s easy to see why.

They offer a great dining experience with some special takes on traditional sushi. They’re located a bit off the beaten path nestled in on Market Street which is between third and fourth south and between West Temple and main street.  They right next to the Market Street Grill which also has some great cooked fish dishes.  If you’re looking for great sushi dishes though Takashi’s is just a few steps away.

I’ve always enjoyed fruit on sushi so I was eager to try Takashi’s special roll named Strawberry Fields.  It’s in a grouping of rolls named after the Beatles songs which include Yellow Submarine, Imagine, Black Magic Woman and Puff the Magic Dragon.

It’s a wonderful roll made with escolar, strawberries, a spicy sauce mad with fresh chilli peppers, toasted almonds and an eel sauce to top it off.  It’s a great taste, the escolar that practically melts in your mouth with the great sweet flavors of strawberries and almonds.  Then in contrast you get a bit of a kick with the fresh chillies that will leave your mouth watering for more.

I also tried the Crunch Ebi.  We love shrimp and avocado and this roll does them both right.  It has tempura shrimp, avocado, a spicy sauce inside, masago, eel sauce and tempura crumbs on the top.  This isn’t something out of the ordinary, but it’s a good roll and we loved the crunch.

Lastly we topped it off with another roll with a fun name, the Ramones Roll which is also known as the Mexican roll.  This roll is a melting pot of tastes with tuna, cilantro, avocado and spicy sauce made with fresh chili peppers on top.  It’s an interesting roll to look at and even better to eat.  For some reason though I can’t get the idea of the band that’s named the Ramone’s when I see this roll though.  A bit of funky taste that’s so good and odd at the same time just like the Ramones.

We really enjoyed eating at Takashi, the staff are all friendly and willing to chat about the food and restaurant.  It’s a nice place downtown to pop in for a quick bite or to take your special someone on a special occasion.  I came away feeling good about what I payed for our meal, I didn’t feel over-charged and I think they are a good value based on their popularity.  As typical for many sushi restaurants they don’t have a website but you can find their menu in some blurry photographs online.  They may not need the advertising to bring in new customers as word of mouth and reputation does this well, but to service their customers and provide information on their food it would be great if they did have a readable version of their menu online.