Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Takashi in Salt Lake City, Utah


Today, on my one year blogging-anniversary, I'd like to share an old favorite.
I was introduced to sushi, by my husband, shortly after we were married, 
but I don't really count any of the sushi I had had pre-visiting Takashi.

In '05, my friend SueAnn had recently become a huge sushi fan, and this was one of her favorite places. Around this time, she invited me here with one of our other besties.

I was sold.

Left: The handsome Mr. Takashi himself working his magic. Right: Easy Rider: Maguro, avocado, mint, Thai basil, and a good dab of fresh wasabi; topped w/ roasted, crushed sesame seeds. $8.95

When Mark and I moved to Utah County in '06, I knew we wouldn't have great sushi as easily accessible to us. I haven't really been on the lookout, but I think it's time.

It has been 5 years since my last visit here. 

Crunchy Ebi: Shrimp tempura, avocado, and spicy sauce inside; masago, eel sauce, and tempura crumbs on top. $9.00 :: House-made Limeade $2.00 (refreshing)

Before I go on the lookout for decent sushi in Utah County I needed to set the high-bar.
I set a date for this special trip; I invited some friends (especially SueAnn, because she's been with me every time I've eaten at Takashi); and I patiently looked forward to this review. 

Strawberry Fields: Excolar, strawberry, spicy sauce, and fresh chili peppers inside; toasted almonds and eel sauce on the outside. $8.00

My first bite....I had forgotten.
I thought, "Not only is this good sushi, it's good food."
I literally closed my eyes and savored.
I thought about that first bite my entire drive back home...

Sebastian: Spiced crab w/ avocado & sesame seeds. $7.00 :: Edamame $4.00

Can you tell we love avocado?

Sunshine: Cucumber, avocado, and spicy sauce inside fresh salmon and very thin lemon slices on top. $9.95
This one was my favorite. You lemon lovers you, you'll love this one.

Buddha: Filled w/ tempura-fried portabellas, green beans, sweet potato, and carrots; topped w/ sweet sauce & sesame seeds. $6.00
This one is a vegetarian roll for those who might be hesitant on the raw fish.

Ripe Mango Mousse: $6.95

Chocolate Rum Torte: A decadent flourless cake served with your choice of gelato. 
We chose the black sesame gelato. $6.95
Yeah, I'm gonna have to get a container of that Black Sesame Gelato...

I forgot to get a picture of their very tall wall full of awards ranging from Best Sushi to Best Japanese to Best Restaurant.

I consider us to be light sushi eaters who haven't taken any huge risks with Japanese cuisine, but I'm pretty sure I'm ready to take those risks at Takashi. Next time for sure.

"Japanese cuisine at Takashi can be as adventurous as you like, ranging from options some people have probably never tried -- and might not want to -- to the safe, but delicious, traditional favorites." -The Salt Lake Tribune 

"As we watched Takashi work his magic, the word “precision” kept popping into my head: artistic precision." -City Weekly

When you have bad sushi, you'll have, what I call, the fishy-burps the rest of the night.
This will not happen at Takashi. Not once did I taste any old fishy taste. 
How he does this in landlocked Utah I will always be curious.

P.S. - To my fellow Utah County-ites, when you go on a special date to downtown Salt Lake, why go to a non-special chain? There are plenty of options like this one.
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  1. Have you tried the Happy Sumo at the Riverwoods? We love sitting right where they make it. We love the Rock'n Roll, Vegas Roll, Cabana Roll, and Sweetheart Roll. And to add some sweetness, try the Mango Mamma Roll!

  2. Wow! So glad I found this,Takashi looks like it has a lot to offer. Excellent pictures. Thanks!