Fabulous and Local.
Like the other locals who have posted reviews, my husbands family has been going to the Pagoda for 50+ years!! They have added a FANTASTIC Sushi Bar that is a very welcome change. It's great to have the option to enjoy their original menu items (the new owners are using the old recipes that were passed down to them) and to be able to order their delicious sushi rolls. We've been to Takashi, Tsunami, Happy Sumo, Naked Fish, Mizumis and many other sushi joints and Pagoda has done a fabulous job with their sushi menu.
You can enjoy the same friendly service, delicious food and great prices in an updated atmosphere in the company of new and old friends.
What happened. I have to say my family and I are absolutely devasted. From my grandparents to my parents to my siblings to my children - we have been enjoying this establishment for over 50 years. I understand the need to change to survive and don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Sushi fan. But don't minimize the value of consistent, quality food that has become part of this community. Great service and the sincere feeling of being welcomed not only into someone's business by their history and their family. I wish you well, because your roots and heritage are strong, but I will only have great memories of what at one point was an icon of this community. A very sad ex-patron,
Boy has it changed.. Pagoda is a tradition for my family. We've gone there for over 50 years! It was just heaven until recently when they changed all the food. Now it's mediocre to bad. It's really a shame.
Horrible Food, ok sushi for the price.
Absolutely horrible Chinese food, we ate about 1/4 of everything. The egg foo yung (supposedly their specialty) was dry and bland. Chow mein was unbearable to eat, it was like ramen noodles with celery thrown on top. Beef sukiyaki was ok, but a little too sweet. The tempura was good and that was the only thing we managed to finish.
Sushi is decent for the price.
Might come back for cheap sushi but will never again order from the menu.
not sure what to think.
came here twice, and the first time we left after 40 minutes of waiting and getting only water and beer.
came back to give it another try, because the owner saw what happened and was so sweet.
the sushi was good, and my boyfriends food was good, however i didnt like mine. i asked the waiter to explain what i was ordering and he got it wrong.
will come back and give it one more try
What Happened?. Wow, it's hard to understand it but you know those shrimp that are WORLD FAMOUS? They stopped making them and started serving a chinese style get it anywhere shrimp. Sweet and Sour pork that came with the family dinners GONE>?? Changed to another style meat but the sauce is almost the same. The char shu is NOT OFFERED? The old family must be rolling in their graves! For years we have been regular customers, I realize that the sushi modernized the place but why switch out some of your most famous items? I I guess they wanted change. I will still go there as I do love the Egg fu yong, and the other non-changed items but perhaps not as much. Please If you are working at the pagoda please pass on that they made a mistake-- Dont change a successful good thing. also.. tried the sushi -- its just o.k. nothing to rave about.
My FAVORTE restaurant!!.
Pagoda is my absolute favorite restaurant! It's simple, it's delicious, the staff is friendly and down to earth. The food is all fresh and prepared perfectly. By far my favorite tempura and egg foo young (and I don't like egg foo young anywhere). With the new sushi menu that is extremely well priced, they have topped all others. I have been eating sushi my entire life and I swear, this is GREAT sushi and they use great fish.
I have suggested several friends to try Pagoda and now they can't get enough... I haven't heard one bad review from anyone.
If you are going for your first time, I would suggest the Tempura, Chicken Tats, Gyoza, Shrimp Fried Rice and the Egg Foo Young. It's fantastic!!!!
Bland, greasy, overpriced food..
I just ate at the Pagoda for the first time last night. My husband and I live in the Avenues and notice the building often. Against the advice of many family and friends, we decided we ought to give it a try. This was the biggest dining mistake of our lives. We ordered the family combination meal ($15/per person) so that we could try a variety of things. We also ordered a dish of teriyaki chicken. The chow mein was a glob of thick slop consisting mainly of celery and a bland white corn starch sauce slung on a bed of crunchy chow mein noodles. The egg foo yung was thick, tough, and bitter tasting. The barbecue ribs tasted like the meat had been frozen for months. The fried rice was gray in color and slick with oil. The teriyaki chicken appeared to be a piece of boiled, sliced chicken with teriyaki sauce poured on top. The expensive prices just added insult to injury. Needless to say, we had plenty of leftovers. I am currently debating if they are suitable for our dog.
As a side note, I have never written a review for anything in my life and this was such a horrible experience, I feel it is my duty to write a review here so that I can warn others against this terrible excuse for food. I only wish City Search would allow a zero (or negative) star rating.
Affordable Sushi now! $3 Cali Roll. Pagoda has been a family owned restaurant running for 60 years. They are doing a great job adapting to it's location in the Avenues by adding Sushi to the menu. They have not changed how they prepare their classic Chinese/Japanese menu--huge portions and tradional recipes (chicken tats is my favorite). Now they have over 25 rolls of sushi that are more affordable than the sushi I have seen in the city, and tastes better! I think all the rolls are under $15 bucks and most were less than 10!! You can request sashimi or non-menu items easily. They have great gyoza and a lemon shrimp appetizer. I'm a full-time student and their sushi menu has made me a regular! I can take out easily, and they'll be open for lunch soon too. The staff always make you feel welcome and like a regular no matter if it was your first time there. I'd recommend this restaurant for any occasion--a date, quick take-out, a party or friends dinner out. Support local family-owned business!
A Must When I Visit. I grew up in Salt Lake and moved to California in '85. Pagoda is the one restaurant that I have to eat at when I visit Utah. I love the egg foo yung, spareribs, shrimp, and fried rice. The staff is always friendly and service is great. Food portions are large and the leftovers are great to eat the next day.
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