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Tsunami Union Heights

 

7628 S. Union Park Ave. (1300 E.)
Midvale, UT

Phone: (801) 676-6466
Fax: (801) 676-6468
Email: unionheights@tsunamiutah.com

Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
Website: tsunamiutah.com

 

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: 3.8
Stopped by for a nice lunch for my first visit to Tsunami at Union Heights and I was pleasantly surprised.  I’ve heard a lot about Tsunami over the years but have not had the chance to sample their sushi thus far.  I have to say the restaurant lived up to the hype.  The quality of the food, service and price are all spot on.  I made sure to get a VIP card as I’ll be back again…soon!

Quality: 4.5
The quality of sushi at Tsunami is a step above the rest to be honest.   Even on a simple roll the quality of the ingredients and preparation were top notch.  The combination of ingredients created some distinct and tantalizing flavors in my mouth.

Cleanliness: 4
The restaurant is in a fairly new area and the inside is nicely decorated and everything seemed very clean.  It’s a high-class establishment.  No small stoves and tinfoil hanging off the shelf here.  Very tidy and pleasant to sit down and enjoy some sushi.

Service: 3.5
The service was great.  I had a new waiter that was being trained but they were very attentive and my glass was never empty.  Service was great and I didn’t want for anything.

Price: 3.5
For a higher end sushi restaurant I would have expected the prices to be much higher.  Tsunami has been able to bring a quality product to their customers with some personal touches at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

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Rice Basil Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar

 

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

 

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Tora Sushi Lounge in Seaside Oregon

 

Address: 619 Broadway
Seaside, Oregon 97138
Phone: (503) 738.5226
Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
Website: torasushi.com

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: 3.6
On a trip to Vancouver Washington we toured along the norther Oregon Coast.  One day we stopped for lunch in Seaside Oregon and found Tora Sushi Lounge.  It’s a great location right near the beach so we were sure to have fresh fish.  The roads in the older part of town are very narrow but Tora is right on the corner and you can park across the street by the hardware store.  The restaurant is decorated pretty cool with authentic looking Japanese artwork and pieces.  We were served quickly and the food was super fresh and super tasty.  It was a momentous occasion as my wife tried and successfully ate her first sushi roll.  For some time I have been trying to convince her that sushi isn’t just raw fish and that there would be some sushi that she’d actually like.  The Spicy Scallop roll in soy paper was the roll that did it.  Nothing too grand, but still a first step.

Quality: 4.5
I was very pleased with the overall quality of Tora Sushi Lounge.  I expected fresh tasting ingredients and I wasn’t disappointing.  Everything tasted and looked fresh!

Cleanliness: 3.5
The restaurant looks like it’s been open for some time yet the furnishings were fairly new and I didn’t see anything obvious.  There are a lot of decorations in this place and with the constant beach sand it could become a problem but I didn’t notice anything that gave me cause for concern.

Service: 3
The service was good.  We were one of the first ones in for the evening service and though we had a small wait to order our food came out fairly quickly.  The waitress wasn’t overly nice or inquisitive but provided service with a smile.  A little more friendliness could go a long way.

Price: 3.5
The price is typical for a sushi restaurant for a tourist area.  They have a happy hour with actually very reasonably priced rolls and sashimi.  I wasn’t disturbed by the price and found that I could get a fair selection at rather reasonable prices.

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Sushi Family

 

Address: 415 Yellowstone, Pocatello, Idaho
Phone: (208) 233-4400
Cuisine: Sushi, Chinese, Japanese
Website: sushifamily.net

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
On a trip back from a family vacation we stopped in Pocatello and I wanted to try the all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant called Sushi Family on Yellowstone. Last time through Poky I noticed that they had two sushi restaurants, Sumisu Sushi and Asian Fusion and Sushi Family.  Sumisu is a typical sushi restaurant and Sushi Family is all-you-can-eat.  The owners and staff were very friendly and accommodating.

Quality: 3.5
I was very pleased with the overall quality of Sushi Family’s food, the sushi tasted fresh.  The crunchy things crunched and the tender bits melted in my mouth.  I ordered off the C menu and I expected the rolls to be higher quality and they were.  The Yellowstone and Phoenix quickly became two of my favorites here.

Cleanliness: 3
The restaurant seemed very clean, I didn’t see anything to cause me to worry.  It’s an older building that used to be used for something else and the decorations seem a bit eclectic, but all in all it was a clean restaurant.

Service: 3.5
The service was good.  I was seated quickly with a friendly welcome.  The first rolls took a little bit to get but I was encouraged to order more even when I was full.  The service was good.

Price: 3
The price is typical for a sushi restaurant for an all-you-can-eat restaurant, slightly lower than a typical Salt Lake restaurant.

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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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The Happy Sumo Sushi Restaurant &Sushi Bar

 

Happy Sumo at Old Mill Village
Address:
6572 S. Big Cottonwood Cyn Road  Cottonwood Heights, UT
Phone:
(801) 733-9661
Website: happysumosushi.com
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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Simply Sushi is Simply Amazing

 

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Simply Sushi is simply amazing. Almost every time I think about going out for sushi I’ll look at sushi restaurants around me, check out their website and read their menu. Then I look at the prices and it’s hard for me not to think of Simply Sushi’s slogan, which is true. For the same price as one or two rolls at most other places you can get all you can eat sushi. Their sushi lunch is $14.95 and dinner is $21.95.

I recently went there again for lunch and as always was completely satisfied. I tried a few new items and fell in love with the Rangoon Roll. Is it the best sushi in the state, probably not. Is it the best all you can eat for the price sushi in the state, I’d say yes. The quality is always high, the service is lightning fast especially if you sit at the sushi bar and the chefs are fairly friendly which is important to me. I will always consider how I was treated the last time I ate at a restaurant before going back, so that is important.

So whether you are starving and want an all you can eat sushi restaurant for a quick lunch break or ready for some really good sushi for a nice dinner out on the town check out Simply Sushi.