Japanese Restaurants in North Salt Lake

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Lacquered tables lit by sunlight from expansive windows gleam in Rice's modern dining room. Spicy aromas waft in from the kitchen, foretelling the arrival of entrees that blend the culinary traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Some of these flavors meld within the dishes themselves: combining grilled steak, asparagus, and eel sauce, the Cowboy sushi roll melts away boundaries between East and West, much like a blast furnace full of old compasses. But chefs also cook traditional Asian recipes, such as a Thai curry with coconut milk or Japanese udon noodles with tempura shrimp. And they're accommodating of other diets, too. Several vegetarian dishes incorporate soy chicken substitute, whose tender texture pleased the writer of a 2009 In This Week review.

1158 S State St
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

Love Sushi is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Lunch is served until 3 p.m. Love Sushi is closed on Sunday.

368 S State St
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

The sushi chefs at New Akasaka Sushi thinly slice fresh fish and then lay the delicate sheets over rice or combine them with veggies, sauces, and seaweed for creative maki rolls. The sushi menu is divided into sections for tuna, salmon, and unagi lovers, each featuring multiple presentations of the title seafood. Combination maki rolls unite different fish with a food-safe staple gun and include a Grand Canyon shrimp-tempura roll that’s topped with spicy baked scallops. New Akasaka turns up the heat for Japanese entrees such as chicken or pork teriyaki and udon soup.


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3011 E 3300 S
Salt Lake City,
UT
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As the country recovered from World War II, Fujio Iwasaki was hard at work getting his eatery off the ground. Fearing a distinctly Japanese-style restaurant would not be well-received in uncertain times, Fujio added some Chinese items to the menu, and in the basement of the Colonial Hotel in 1946, Pagoda was born.

Today, the restaurant still delivers the classic Asian cuisine and sushi originally fashioned by Fujio, under the fresh guidance of head chef Jared Ekstrom and sushi chef Steve Nichol, who spent time in Japan as a tour guide and translator. The chefs lay out a smorgasbord of entrees such as miso sea bass and sushi such as the Baja Sunset, a Chef Steve original with spicy shrimp, cucumbers, and avocado crowned with fresh salmon and jalapeños.

Since moving to its current location, the eatery’s architecture has left as lasting an impression as the cuisine. A vertical sign stretches skyward, emblazoned with the word “Pagoda,” drawing the eye to a triangular rooftop that emulates the restaurant’s namesake structure.

26 E St
Salt Lake City,
UT
US