Like oysters, cookie dough, and snowman steaks, sushi tastes best when untouched by flame. Ingest raw goodness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese cuisine at Kobe Cho Sushi.
Kobe Cho Sushi's extensive menu melds toothsome Japanese delicacies with Western takes on traditional classics. Mussel shooters with quail eggs ($5.95) whet appetites with a blend of surf and sky as opulent as an impressionist's seascape. Featured on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, the Hell Fire roll ($7.50) scorches tongues with four levels of house-crafted pepper concoctions, allowing brave tongues to ascend from the tingly burn of the level four roll to the piquant inferno of level seven. Nearly two dozen types of sashimi embody sushi's most basic format, with offerings ranging from tender squid ($4.95) to premium wagyu beef and oh-toro tuna belly ($24.95). Sake washes down carefully rolled rice-and-fish constructions with authentic aplomb, including both hot ($5.95 for a small, $9.95 for a large) and cold ($9.95 for a small) varieties.
Kobe Cho Sushi
Although Kobe Cho Sushi earned a feature on Man v. Food with its incendiary Hell Fire roll filled with tuna and jalapeño, the chefs can also dial down the heat and showcase the delicate flavors of fresh fish and produce. The menu stems from the mind of owner and head chef Mike Fukumitsu, whose 13 years of sushi-making wisdom has been honed during numerous training stints in Japan. As an example of his dedication to high-quality ingredients, he seeks out Wagyu kobe beef for some of his premium sashimi and sushi creations.
A few tables line the pastel-orange walls, but a large number of seats also surround the sushi bar, allowing guests to watch as the chefs slice, layer, and roll orders with the confidence of an encyclopedia salesman at a trivia competition.
3947 Wasatch Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84124