Ichiban Sushi & Japanese Cuisine (336 South 400 East; 801-532-7522) is yet another of Salt Lake City’s hidden gems. Located just east of downtown, this restaurant has been operating for more than 20 years, serving fine nigiri, sashimi, and sushi maki rolls. To the untrained eye, Ichiban looks more like a church than a sushi restaurant. But step inside, and you’ll enjoy an evening meal of award-winning Japanese food in a number of cozy dining rooms. Ichiban has been chosen Best of State, as well as selected by various associations to be in the top restaurants of the nation. Call ahead or check online to learn about their numerous weekly and seasonal specials.
Simply Sushi (180 West 400 South; 801-746-4445) offers an out-of-the-ordinary option for Salt Lake diners: a simple, stripped-down dining room and all-you-can-eat sushi for a $21 (or $15 during lunch hours, with reduced prices for children under 12). Rolls here are quite tasty, and the service quick. So if you come hungry, you will find yourself ordering wave after wave of fresh, tasty hand rolls, long rolls, specialty rolls, and nigiri. Simply Sushi also offers a separate list of appetizers, sides, and entrees that includes soups, tempura, as well as other deserts; these items are not included in the main price. Enjoy a beer with dinner if you’d like.