Lunch at Dojo – The Newest Asian Inspired Restaurant in Salt Lake
Since it is Friday, and there isn’t much going on at work, I decided a nice, leisurely lunch was in order. My co-worker Michael came up with the idea to check out Dojo on the recommendation of one of his friends. This “Asian Inspired Restaurant and Lounge” opened less than two months ago and we were curious to check it out.
Dojo is located just off 4th West on 300 South, in the same building as Iggy’s. During lunch there is plenty of free parking on 4th West. My first impression of Dojo was the striking layout and attention to detail throughout the space. The large rock wall surrounding the kitchen, bar and sushi bar is impressive, and I liked the meandering wooden pathway from the front door to the sushi bar. There are also large TVs in various spots that were showing classic black and white Japanese samurai movies with no sound – definitely a nice touch.
The lunch menu at Dojo features a variety of Bento Boxes, Ramen Noodles, Katsu and Rice Bowls. They also have a full sushi menu with a special, just printed menu of today’s fresh fish selections. Mike and I both opted for the Bento Boxes, and he ordered a seaweed salad and Dojo Maki Roll, while I added on a 2 piece nigiri order of chu-toro . I don’t often see toro on the menu in Utah, and my server assured me it was excellent.
Our sushi came out without too much delay, and I have to say, my nigiri looked amazing. The chu-toro was very fresh and had just the right amount of fattiness that makes it just melt in your mouth. Chu-toro is from the belly of the tuna, and is about half way between regular maguro and premium otoro on the fattiness scale. You can see this piece has some white in it, but is not extremely fatty like some otoro is. All I can say is get the chu-toro – you will love it. At $7.95 for 2-pieces it was definitely a good deal, compared to many of the sushi restaurants I eat at more regularly in Park City. Mikes’ roll was also fantastic. The kicker was the vegetable curry dressing on top of the albacore – just a great combination.
The Bento Boxes at Dojo come with tempura veggies, mixed green salad, miso soup, rice and a choice of meat with Teriyaki dipping sauce. All of this for $9.95, which is fairly priced when compared to other similar restaurants in the valley. The highlight of our Bento Boxes was definitely the Teriyaki Sauce. Unlike typical Utah Teriyaki, which is extremely sweet and sticky, this sauce was more nuanced and flavorful with the addition of fresh ginger. It was great on my steak and for dipping the tempura fried vegetables.
Mike and I were both very impressed with our first visit to Dojo. The atmosphere is classy, the service was great, and the food quality is above many other restaurants in Salt Lake serving similar cuisine. We just hope the quality will stay at this level into the future (without the prices going up). I am definitely planning on going back, maybe even next week. I have heard things about their Pork Ramen as well, so I should probably give that a try the next time around.
423 W 300 S