Tokyo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar Review
Review by Dan Purdon
I’m always on the lookout for new sushi places to try, and if I hear about a good one I won’t hesitate to make a trip out of it! (Seriously, I’ve been known to go all the way to Japan when the cravings get bad enough!) So when I heard that the guys from Shoga in Orem had a hand in the creation of Tokyo Sushi Bar and Steakhouse in Lehi, I just had to jump in the car and head north.
My wife and I found Tokyo sitting right on Lehi’s Main Street, in the downtown area. A sleek, modern atmosphere greeted us as we walked in the door. Shiny stainless hibachi tables glinted on the right side of the dining room, regular tables took up the middle, and semi-private booths lined the left wall. And as luck would have it, one of the booths was free!
Tokyo has an all-you-can-eat sushi menu with a nice mix of traditional rolls and specialties. It was lunch time, so of course we didn’t get access to the full dinner sushi menu – but they still had plenty of choices to keep us busy! (For a discounted price, no less). We wasted no time in getting to work.
Rather than give the play-by-play of every roll (which could take pages), let me go into detail on some of my top picks.
The Crunchy Roll – This little gem had a tempura-fried fillet of eel in the middle, hence the crunchy. Eel may scare those who have never tried it, but rest assured it’s one of the safest bets for anyone new to sushi. Whether it’s braised/roasted (which is much more common) or deep-fried, eel has a savory meaty flavor that is always complimented by the savory-sweet eel sauce. Crunchy roll does indeed have eel sauce, and they also add avocado slices for a delicious creamy-fresh foil that I loved.
The City Roll – The city roll boasts a classic combo of smoked salmon and avocado – if you like both of those ingredients, then you haven’t LIVED until you’ve tried them together – plus an addition of tempura shrimp, which seems to make itself right at home in this delicious roll.
Sake (Salmon) Nigiri – Of course, I always have to get a plate of my staple favorite (and thus my litmus test for any sushi restaurant), salmon nigiri. Here they dip their salmon in ponzu sauce before setting it on top of the rice, which gives the salmon a refreshing citrus/soy sauce flavor. Typically I prefer my salmon nigiri au natural, but the ponzu sauce was a worthy companion to this delicious savory fish.
Kappa Roll – This is a much more traditional Japanese roll that is quite healthy and very refreshing. It is a very simple combo of nori (seaweed wrapping), sushi rice, and fresh cucumber. With a little drop of soy, it is a delicious crispy treat. (And with a dash of wasabi, it becomes doubly refreshing!! In a sinus-exploding kind of way.)
Shrimp Tempura – A classic fusion sushi roll. This is another superb choice for those just starting out with sushi. It combines crispy-fried tempura shrimp, creamy avocado, fresh cucumber, and a savory sauce to bind it all together. Shrimp Tempura is generally a failsafe at any sushi restaurant, but Tokyo did a particularly perfect job.
I lived in Lehi for a few months when I was an up-and-coming adult. While we were dining at Tokyo Sushi I couldn’t help thinking, “Why didn’t they open this up while I was living here?” Who knows, maybe I would have stuck around!
Pricing: (all you can eat sushi) $13-18 per person.
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar – 127 E Main, Lehi