Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today’s Groupon to Pagoda Restaurant. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of sushi and Japanese fare during lunch.<p>
Hailed as a “culinary landmark” by Deseret News, Pagoda Restaurant has welcomed diners for nearly 70 years to sample dishes crafted by a team of expert chefs. The dinner, lunch, and sushi menus enthrall eyes with house specialties such as the East Brooklyn roll, a cyclone of spicy tuna, inari, and avocado topped by spicy crab and lime slices ($7.95 for a half, $12.95 for a whole). Innovative Japanizzas serve sushi pizza style—the Tokyo Rose ($7.95), for example, blends tofu with green onions, stir-fried vegetables, and avocado. Other comestibles include flash-fried prawns glazed in sweet citrus aioli ($6.95 for lunch, $9.95 for dinner) and a rice bowl of chicken, egg, and sweet broth ($5.95 for lunch, $10.95 for dinner) that calms hunger more effectively than swallowing a Pure Moods CD. Pagoda Restaurant evokes the essence of Japan with traditional décor and architectural design including a Japanese roof.
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.