2223 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410640.722676 -111.858830
Neighborhoods: Sugar House
Great Great Place! I have eaten here more times than I can count and would recommend it over any other sushi joint in the area. It is rare but I have had service issues, no more than any other restuarant, but good food makes up for a multitude of sins.
Great Sushi!! – This is our "go-to" sushi restaurant. Cheap enough for regular visits, Tsunami does an amazing job. Its a great place for vegetarians also because of their extensive menu of veggie rolls. Fresh sushi and innovative rolls bring us back here again and again.
Pleasing place – I am well pleased with the serving. What's best is the ambience. Thanks for the hospitality. Food is delicious. I like the sashimi. Will be bringing along friends soon.
BEST SUSHI EVER! – Best sushi ever! And I've had a lot of good sushi! The sesame seeds on the outside of the roll...yum. Atmosphere is pleasant and you can eat on the patio. I didn't find the wait extensive, it was about the right amount of time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone! Delicious!
Fresh Fish! – Tsunami sushi restaurant, located in Sugar House, and offers a wide variety of Nigiri and Sashimi along with delicious house rolls. Each roll is carefully crafted to contain the right portions of ingredients for maximum flavor and texture. I have eaten at several sushi restaurants along the Salt Lake valley and was very excited to try Tsunami in Sugar House as locations are popping up everywhere. When trying a new restaurant I always take the following into consideration: atmosphere, food (which is most important to me), and the service.
Tsunami is located in a strip mall in Sugar House, directly next to the dollar theater. If you are not careful, you can easily walk past the small entrance. When you walk in, it’s almost as if you just walked into a closet as you are immediately in a small enclosure with fabric draped all over. I had to duck just to get through to the main lobby area where I was then greeted by a polite host. The narrowness of the layout and the Asian influenced décor made me imagine I could be stepping into a traditional Japanese home. The size is not ideal for large groups, of 10 or more, but provides for a more intimate setting.
I decided to bring new “sushi-eaters” along for the experience. We agreed to order a variety of six rolls and share. The rolls were served on one large platter and the combination of color, sauces, and display of ingredients was mouth watering. Each roll had a unique combination of ingredients that brought out unique flavors. One of my favorites was the Sunshine roll which contained crunchy asparagus and tobiko (tiny fish eggs that add a pop-like crunch to the roll), spicy tuna, and was combined with sweet tasting shrimp, avocado, and eel sauce that countered the spice, all wrapped in bright yellow soy paper. All six rolls were distinctive and delicious in their own way. Each roll featured a different type of fish combined with a unique flavor. Another favorite was the Coco Cabana, an exotic roll containing coconut shrimp, jalapeños, and spicy sauce drizzled along the top. Try it with a side of eel sauce for a tangy kick!
As always, when eating sushi it is critical that the fish is fresh. Fresh fish gives full flavor without a “fishy” smell or taste. Tsunami has fresh fish imported daily. Needless to say, the fish was fresh and fantastic! Even the “newbies” couldn’t believe raw fish could taste so “not-fishy”.
When dining out to sushi, it is typical for the wait to be slightly longer, as each roll is delicately hand crafted and made-to-order. Quite often, I have found at sushi restaurants, that I only see the waiter about three times: one time to take the order, one time to bring out the food and drinks, and one time to collect the bill. This was not the case at Tsunami. While waiting for the rolls to arrive, the waiter was exceptionally alert to our wants as he kept our glasses full and made sure we had appetizers to tie us over till the food arrived. I definitely felt spoiled!
Tsunami is a locally owned and operated here in Utah. It is no wonder that they have quickly grown to three locations. The price was reasonable, about $20 per person, and the variety of rolls and flavors were outstanding! If you are in a hurry, take advantage of their online reservation tool. Whether you are a sushi connoisseur or a first-timer, this is a great place to eat new sushi!
We took our friends in from out of town recently and had a terrible experience. Our food took 40 minutes, our server forgot our eda mame and the black cod was over cooked and small in portion. My family and I use to looked forward to our sushi nights at Tsunami. We have tried all three locations with union heights being our favorite. We over looked the mediocre service by sitting at the sushi bar where our Chef Paul would always take good care of us. We were disappointed to find out our favorite Chef is no longer there.... The table service needs improvement......
Making the Connection – I have worked in restaurants, in customer service, retail, sales and have worn many other hats throughout my life. One of my favorite treats in life is going out to eat with friends. Tsunami has always been a favorite when going out for sushi because of how fresh their fish always is. I believe they told me they have their own buyer specifically for their stores and it does taste this way.
One of my earliest jobs I held was as a hostess. I n restaurants this is the position that creates the flow of the entire night. My only complaint is that out of the 50 or so times I have been in Tsunami, mainly the Sugarhouse location, we have never been seated properly. We always end up waiting or watching another table wait too long because we were seated in the same section as two other tables were, at the same time. The poor waitress is working her hardest to get to us all, but because the hostess did not wait to seat us, they ended up swamping their waitress without even giving them the chance. It's not only having to wait for the drinks, it spills into the kitchen and the sushi bar because all of the orders hit the kitchen at the same time. Just by creating a seating issue, it has now swamped the entire restaurant, making the service not as amazing as it could be and less personal.
While all the chefs at Tsunami are good, I have realized that my best experiences have been when we sit at the sushi bar with Brian as our chef. He is always in a good mood and is happy to take care of us no matter how busy he is. He always says hello and finds time to make us feel comfortable and informed about the new fish of the day. Even better is when he is not busy. I have never met someone with so much knowledge of fish and food in general. He knows what region the fish comes from, different ways of preparing it, and his passion for food just shines out, he truly loves food and what he does. He creates rolls like artwork and the love can be tasted. He makes the experience for us. Jillian has always been a great server and very pleasant. She always takes care of our every need and request. She also has a great knowledge of the menu and is always informative about the specials. These people and the quality of food really make our experience and one of the reasons we keep coming back!!
Very Disappointing! – The sushi and sashimi we ordered were the smallest I've seen anywhere. When we complained we were told the portion sizes were normal and nothing would be done about it. We were treated poorly to boot. There are too many good sushi bars in the valley to waste your dining dollars here, IMO.
Amazing sushi, beautiful ambience, great service! – As CA resident and business traveler, I've eaten at the best sushi restaurants from Sawtelle to little Tokyo in LA, J-Town in SF and a handful of places in midtown and the upper east side in NYC. Quite shockingly, Tsunami in Utah ranks among the best of them even against those large metropolitan markets!
My first time to Utah two years, I was rather skeptical I'd find a good restaurant to fulfill my sushi cravings. Ichiban was another restaurant we tried, but the sushi seemed too salty the time we went--we will go back to give it another chance.
Tsunami is a great place for a sushi afficianado. They have great service, beautiful decor, an intimate ambiance, and last but not least, high-quality, spectacular sushi! They have a great wine selection--we ordered two bottles between the five of us, and would've gone through three except we had one non-drinker.
Their toro was amazing and buttery as is their uni. Among other highlights include the baby tuna, halibut, albacore, and salmon eggs. One disappointment was when one of our associates order the Tokyo Cowboy (I think?) and it was to her surprise too spicy. If I remember, it's made with jalapeños.
Their less traditional rolls is what makes Tsunami so unique--they are good, really good--and not over-filled with cream cheese often found in other places. One of our associates claims their baked mussels are hands down the best.
You can bet my next business trip back to Salt Lake City, I'll have Tsunami on my agenda!
Tsunami is going downhill – I have tried all of the Tsunami Restaurnts they have opened and still went back to the Sugarhouse store. Went in last night on a night when Jeremy (our favoirite sushi chef, we usually go on Fridays) to find out that he was no longer working there. What a shame, the food sucked, We are no longer going to go there so if anyone knows where he ends up we would like to know. So many of the people that worked there are no longer there, and they made the place. I wouldn't go there and spend good money for the food, you will be sorry. What the heck is wrong with the owner? Did he get so greedy he didn't want to pay for good help? We are done!
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