Do you have a love for raw fish wrapped up in rice and seaweed? Does this love often cause you to result to gas’n’go sushi or in bankrupting yourself? Well no more because Simply Sushi is here to address all your raw fish needs at a reasonable price.
Simply Sushi is a locally owned all-you-can eat sushi bar and restaurant. With two different locations and an extensive sushi menu, Simply Sushi is the best place in the Salt Lake Valley for all-you-can-eat sushi. The sushi is prepared to order, as opposed to sitting in a fridge for hours, which puts it far above gas station sushi. However, the prepared to order part also results in long waits in between orders. This can sometimes be a problem since Simply Sushi does not tolerate campers and maximum sit down time is only an hour.
However, Simply Sushi is not for the inexperienced sushi conessuir. Their reasonable prices are largely due to the enforcement of some ground rules, including being charged the a-la-carte price for rolls that go 50 percent unfinished. So for those who don’t know if they like red snapper or mango on their rolls, it is probably not best to sample the Mango Extreme Roll only to find out that red snapper has an undesirable texture or flavor and then be charged 11 dollars for it. Its best to go with someone who will brave unknown tastes with you, that way if you don’t like it at least you know you only have to gag down half of it.
Aside from personal tastes, the only major criticism of Simply Sushi is with the tempura rolls. It was not uncommon to order a tempura roll with raw fish in it, only to find that the tempura was cooked as well as the fish. Also the ratio of cream cheese to avocado to actual fish can be disproportionate, i.e., too much cream cheese, not enough fish.
Simply Sushi divides its dinner and lunch prices by the menu, with a cheaper more limited offering during lunch, and a more expensive and extensive offering at dinner. The lunch menu has more options without raw sushi like California rolls, fewer components in the rolls themselves, and less tempura. This is absolutely not the case with the dinner menu, which has rolls that feature three different kinds of fish; one example is the Mountain Roll which has crystal shrimp, tuna and salmon on the inside with a heaping pile of cooked crab on top, so delicious. While the dinner menu has five rolls with tempura, the best tempura offering on the lunch menu is definitely the King Kong Tempura Roll, which, like is namesake, is large.
Simply Sushi offers a diverse sushi menu that can rival the most traditional sushi houses. Their nigiri is a good place to introduce you to the fish components of rolls. The non-sushi menu is extremely limited, with only chicken tenders, chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura offered as full meals. The rest of the non-sushi menu revolves around their soup and salad offerings. The miso soup is flavorful, something miso soup often lacks, but not substantial. Anyone who partakes of the miso soup will likely be jonesing for their next batch of nigiri sushi rolls.
If you are going with a date during peak hours (i.e. Friday and Saturday nights) be prepared to throw a tantrum or sit at the bar since that is where all parties of two will be seated. So if you want a cushy booth or more attention from your waiter, go during non-peak hours.
Whether you go to the Jordan Campus or Library Square there is a close Simply Sushi, with one location at 7117 S. Redwood Road in West Jordan and another on 400 S. and 180 W. in Salt Lake. All-you-can eat lunch is $14.95 and dinner is $19.95, dinner hours start at 4 p.m.