Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar creates a culinary celebration of Japan with mouthwatering sushi and seafood, flavorful steak house fare, and dazzling displays of teppan-style grilling. At each hibachi grill-top table, a talented chef chops, dices, and serves succulent steaks, chicken, and shrimp with the showmanship of a professional wrestler and the delicate knife skills of a hummingbird surgeon. At the sushi bar, guests can savor the rich textures and carefully selected ingredients of treats such as a five-piece sashimi plate or a specialty rolls named for bonsais, sunsets, and cowboys.
Christopher's chefs draw upon an array of fresh seafood flown in daily from locations across the world, organic local produce, and USDA Prime cuts of beef. Epicureans carve heaping plates from corn-fed beef aged for 21 days, but may also choose Snake River Farms American Wagyu beef at the Salt Lake City restaurant or USDA Choice Certified angus beef in Draper. The Salt Lake City menu draws back curtains from mushrooms stuffed with crab and andouille ($12), which wrestle for fork affections before a main act of filet mignon medallions waltz with shrimp scampi ($32). On the Draper menu, chefs pave stomachscapes with beginning bites of spicy plum-glazed tempura chicken and asian cucumber salad ($8), and lure out potato-crusted Alaska halibut using pancetta-scallion butter, wild rice, and spinach ($28). Diners may scale the seasoned peaks of 8-ounce portabella bleu-cheese filet mignon ($41-$44) at either locale before going on to pen meat-inspired folk songs.
Carvers Steaks and Seafood flavors its eponymous catches and chops with sauces spiced with whiskey and peppercorn, or butters churned with garlic, Pernod, or Cajun spices. These and other seasonings top generously portioned Carvers Cuts of filet mignon, prime rib, and other meats, as well as halibut fillets and lobster tails caught off the coast of Maine. The dinner menu also includes vegetarian dishes, such as a pear and feta garden salad, as well as raspberry-vanilla bread pudding for dessert.
"A lot of our recipes come from family," explains owner Adam Wheaton. "Alicia's cheesecake is my wife's sister's, our italian stuffed mushrooms come from an aunt, my wife's mom…has probably put her hands or ideas into everything we serve." Working from these recipes and others, the chefs grill up steaks, broil lobster tails, and make tortilla chips, crab cakes, and barbecue sauces in-house. Additionally, they help to accommodate restricted diets by forging a number of dishes devoid of gluten and chicken thighs that show too much skin.
This commitment to family is a recurring theme for the steak house. When the Wheaton family's daughter, Madeline, was diagnosed with severe epilepsy at age 3, doctors said the condition would steadily worsen over time and would likely claim her life in her teens. To say she proved medical professionals wrong is an understatement—she has only demonstrated improvement since then and continues to exceed expectations. The Wheatons, of course, wholeheartedly rallied behind their daughter, naming the family's restaurant after her and partnering with local charities to help raise awareness of and fight against epilepsy.
Prime Steak House and Piano Bar carves up a menu highlighted by an array of succulent steaks made with Midwestern, custom-aged beef. Protein-hungry incisors can gnaw on Prime’s signature 8-ounce fillet as the accompanying bluefin crabmeat and béarnaise sauce smother taste buds ($33), similar to a 45-minute voicemail from Mother. Like the fillet, the 16-ounce new york strip is seasoned with kosher salt and pepper, lightly caressed with butter, and served on a hot plate to sustain the flavor-sealing warmth produced by the restaurant’s 1,800-degree broiler ($41). Strap on homemade scuba gear to explore sea-sourced dishes such as the tuna steak, an 8-ounce fillet seared rare and served with a ginger-mustard wasabi sauce ($33). Prime’s signature molten-chocolate cake, crafted with imported Valrhona chocolate, makes an eye-catching entrance onto tables accompanied by an entourage of cool vanilla ice cream ($11).
With its vibrant, modern décor and dazzling handcrafted nouvelle-American cuisine made from local, seasonal, and organic ingredients whenever possible, Metropolitan has earned a multitude of accolades. From the lunch menu erupts the metro bison burger, a galloping herd of mushrooms, onions, swiss, and truffled pomme frites ($10), and the Mediterranean sampler, a tantalizing tray of hummus, baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, stewed tomatoes, and seasoned Bluetooth ($8–$12). Adventurous options pepper the dinner menu, including the Metropolitan mushroom appetizer, flanked by truffle potatoes and red-wine sauce ($6 taste, $12 full plate); the Utah trout, decorated with fiddlehead ferns, radishes, pear, and a pistachio puree ($25); and the veal chop, donning an ensemble of green apple, celery root, quinoa, and mustard jus ($35). Find repose in the martini lounge to tackle the tasty bar menu, which includes entrees such as chicken pot pie ($12); appetizers come two-for-one during the bar’s “attitude adjustment hour” starting at 5:30 p.m.