Located at The Gateway in Salt Lake City, The Happy Sumo restaurant offers a traditional array of nigiri and maki sushi as well as the restaurant’s special rolls. Remember, “sushi” refers to the rice. So not all sushi contains raw or cooked fish. At The Happy Sumo, for example, vegetarians would be quite pleased with kappa maki, which is a cucumber roll. At the far end of the subtlety spectrum from the cucumber roll is The Happy Sumo “Death Roll,” a spicy concoction of soft-shell crab, cucumber, radish, gobo root, sprouts and The Happy Sumo’s “death paste.” In addition to sushi and extremely fresh sashimi, The Happy Sumo offers typical cooked dishes like teriyaki chicken, ribs and salmon. But there are also some interesting other cooked offerings on the menu, like the heavenly macadamia nut-crusted sea bass or “Sumo Maguro,” which is albacore cooked with a wasabi crust and a teriyaki glaze. The seared sashimi-grade ahi tuna with tataki spices is yet another winner.
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