Sandy, UT — Mizumi

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Published on: August 1, 2013
8391 South 700 East
Sandi, UT

Spending the week in Utah and tonight I went out for sushi with a client. He suggested a restaurant near the office and we went right after work. Mizumi is a good sized standalone restaurant in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah.It is pretty modern on the inside thought the music was rather loud. I spent part of the time trying unsuccessfully to catch the words to a French hip-hop song. On the other hand I don’t have much success understanding English hip-hop lyrics.

We decided to try some rolls. We decided on four rolls, the Jungle Roll, Salmon Soltsice Roll, Kenai Roll and Baja Roll. The rolls were large and cut into eight pieces. I especially liked the Salmon Soltstice Roll. All of the fish was fresh and tasty and the rolls were pretty unique.

One of the strange things about Mizumi is that the menu was missing a number of standard sushi items. There were no clams of any kind and no white tuna among others. There were no exotic items like uni or mirugai. On the other hand everything we had was good.

Mizumi was worth the visit and I would eat here again.

Mizumi 4 rice bowls * * * * -

Salt Lake City, UT — Mikado Restaurant

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Published on: September 10, 2007
Mikado Restaurant
6572 S Big Cottonwood Canyon Road
Salt Lake City, UT

I was in Salt Lake City for the week and on Monday I decided to look for a sushi place for lunch. I used the in-car GPS and discovered that I was only a few blocks away from Mikado. Mikado is part of the Latitude Restaurant Group. Latitude operates several local restaurants including a Ruth’s Chris including two Mikados, one downtown and one on the south side on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.

I decided to have lunch at the south side Mikado. When I drove up to the restaurant it was so large, I automatically assumed that it was a teppanaki restaurant. When I entered I was pleased to see that Mikado is a sushi restaurant through and through. The hostess asked whether I wanted to be seated at the sushi bar, outside on the patio or at a table. I chose a table and was seated near the windows at a table with a granite (or faux granite) top. Mikado has one of the largest sushi bars I have ever seen, there were more than 20 seats and room for about a dozen sushi chefs to work.

I like the fact that Mikado had a variety of specials on a chalkboard behind the sushi bar. On the downside the specials were all rolls and all spicy, a little variety wold have been nice.

Mikado has a small selection of Japanese entrees but the majority of the menu is sushi and sashimi. Since I was there for lunch I was looking for an inexpensive combo. It took a while to find the combos on the menu. When I found them, all of the combos were expensive. I chose the sushi combo which came with miso soup and a salad.

Soup and salad seem so basic yet both were a bit strange. The miso soup came in a large bowl that was only about half full. The salad had something crispy, probably fried wonton wrapper on top. There was a mandarin orange wedge on top and the dressing was very good. The problem with the salad was that it was drenched in dressing. When I got down to the bottom of the bowl there was about half an inch of dressing left.

The sushi combo was unique in that instead of just including a California Roll, the combo comes with the roll of the day. Today’s roll was a spicy shrimp Tempura roll. Not my favorite but a nice change from the ubiquitous and overused California Roll.

Mikado is the kind of sushi place that I will come back to if I am ever in the neighborhood again.

Mikado 3 rice bowls * * * - -
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