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Member Reviews (5)
- TakashiMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3May 12, 2013
Who says you can't find good sushi in Salt Lake City? Takashi is a great improvement over the choices of Japanese sushi I saw available the last time I was here (albeit 10 years ago). My favorites were the Kabocha soup, uni and the ama ebi.
- TakashiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 13, 2012
We had heard some great reviews about Takashi's from friends. The restaurant lived up to our expectations. We tried a variety of dishes that were excellent. Well worth the wait next door at the Martini bar!
- TakashiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to ReviewOct 15, 2012
5 star sushi in Salt Lake City? You have got to be kidding me!, right?
I didn't believe it myself, but let me tell you Takashi is the real deal. "Honto ni oishikatta!" (truly was delicious!) OMG! Actually, OMTCOJCOLDS (Oh My Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! This is Mormon country after all!)
Takashi is the Okinawan descent Peruvian raised former chef at Shogun, now owner and head sushi chef of this swank and trendy restaurant. He is the diminutive guy wearing glasses with short greased curled hair in the center of the sushi bar. He is an artist and professional, uses only the freshest ingredients, and has trained his staff well in the art of sushi! You can tell by the cuts of fish, the skilled preparations and presentations. This place is recognized as one of the best restaurants in Utah, all varieties, and the best Sushi!
I went on a Thursday night at 9:30pm and the place was packed! It is large with perhaps 15 sushi chairs at the bar and maybe another 15 tables. The decor is very hip, with high blacked out ceilings, tasteful tear dropped focus lights, and paper Japanese lantern lights over the tables. It is dominated by a 25 foot long fish sculpture made of wiremesh and metal hanging above the sushi bar. Original 24x24 arts pieces line the muted green colored walls. All staff are dressed in black. The sushi bar has 3 chefs (including Takashi-san himself) running the bar and 3 others making rolls and table sushi.
The menu is creative and eclectic. There is a sandwich chalk board on the sidewalk indicating today's fresh specials. Menu samples:
Saikyo-Miso Sablefish - sablefish marinated in Saikyo-Miso and baked, served with asian slaw. $11
Yin-Yang Salmon - salmon encrusted with black and white sesame seeds served with a yuzu-black bean sauce. $11
Azekura - seared beef with tempura-fried portabella and green beans $10.
Wok-tossed Asparagus - crisp spears with garlic and shiitake mushrooms over glass noodles.$9
Green Papaya - shredded green papaya with ground peanuts and piquant chili-lime dressing (similar to Vietnamese Goi Du Du) $5.50
Mixed Greens - mesculin with julienne Fuji apples, orange-miso dressing and toasted walnuts $5.50
Shiitake Lamb Shank - falling off the bone lamb shank in braised yellow curry $18.50
Tender Flank Steak - Japanese 7 spice rub served with asian pesto and green beans tempura $18.50
Surf and Turf - braised/glazed pork spareribs, Saikyo-Miso sablefish and asian caesar salad. $22
Soki Soba - Okinawan noodles in hearty broth with ginger and green onions: with Pork Rib $9.50, Shrimp $9.50, asian greens $8.50
Sushi and Sashimi
Aburi Gindara (torched sablefish) Nigiri $5.95 Sashimi $14
Bincho Maguro (albacore tuna) Nigiri $4.50 Sashimi $10.50
Hamachi (yellowtail) Nigiri $5.50 Sashimi $13
Maguro (tuna) Nigiri $4.95 Sashimi $10.95
Sake (fresh salmon) Nigiri $3.95 Sashimi $8.95
Ikura (salmon roe) $5, Ika (squid) $3, Ebi (shrimp) $3, Saba (mackerel) $3.50 and there is more. The Uni was market priced at $9.95.
There are also maki, like california roll ($4.50) Spicy tuna $5.50, etc.
Specialty rolls too numerous to list but range from $8 for Strawberry Fields (escolar, strawberry, spicy sauce, fresh chili peppers, toasted almonds and eel sauce) to $13.50 for Magic Dragon (spiced crab, avocado, topped with unagi, with eel sauce and sesame seeds) . Also sashimi rolls and vegetarian rolls. Choices of sake, from house (Gekkikan Hot $8 large, Hakutsuru Draft chilled $11 bottle), to domestic premium (Momokawa) or a 3 Momokawa "flight" sampler ($6.50), to premium imported (Rihaku $53 full bottle, Ama No To $53 , Chiyanosono $62, Kan-Chikiu $85.) Specialty drinks, beers, and desserts (i.e. Chocolate Rum Torte $6.)
If you are ever in SLC and you like Sushi or just want a special meal, you have to try Takashi!