The original huge sushi burrito roll was born in California, and now there is Sushi Burrito in the Salt Lake City space left vacant by Guzzi’s Vintage Burgers and Fries on 180 East and 800 South. While the two restaurants couldn’t be more different, they share the same fan base – downtown folks looking for good food.
When I first noticed the sign for Sushi Burrito, my thoughts ping-ponged between curiosity and gluttony. Maybe, just maybe, a burrito-sized roll could satiate my endless appetite for sushi. This small shop serves sizeable maki rolls promising the goodness of sushi and the heft of a burrito. Ideal for a healthy meal on the go, the options at Sushi Burrito are for everyone, even those who don’t care for raw fish or even meat.
Walking into the shop, the first thing you notice is the display of raw fish. I have certainly seen better looking, more vibrantly colored fish. The artistry and sophistication of sushi is gone the minute the words “sushi burrito” leaves your mouth. You come here to eat inexpensive, enormous maki rolls. Sushi Burrito is not for sushi snobs, but it’s a great place for a quick meal.
The cuts of fish and vegetables are about eight inches long and are combined to make 13 different rolls. It was fascinating to watch the rolls being made. The sushi rice was spread evenly over the nori, the ingredients nestled into the rice, and then expertly rolled up. The burritos are cut neatly in half and served in a styrofoam container with pickled ginger, packets of soy sauce and a generous dollop of wasabi.
I was happy with the Buddha Roll ($7.99), which was delicious with a good dose of soy sauce and a bit of wasabi. Tempura yam was the star of the roll, while supporting cameos were played by avocado, tofu and carrot. Tomato and lettuce were included as unexpected performers. I’ve never had those flavors in a roll, but they worked well and added to the burrito quality. And most importantly, I was full!
My husband ordered the Phoenix roll ($7.99) and devoured it with gusto. Filled with chicken Katsu (breaded deep-fried chicken), it was accented by vegetables dressed with tangy, sweet Katsu sauce wrapped in nori seaweed sheets. He mentioned that there was more rice than filling, but it was a decent meal. And for the price – it was a good deal.
Appetizers such as egg rolls and pot stickers are available to round out your meal. Bento boxes are an option if you feel like something different altogether. Our only disappointment was the flavorless vegetable egg rolls, so we’ll stick with the giant maki rolls!
Sushi Burrito is an A-OK place for a speedy lunch. The prices are reasonable, and the food won’t give you a heart attack. It’s an even better place to eat if you’re within walking distance since the parking lot holds about four cars. Everything about this small restaurant urges you to get your food to go. It’s tiny with a few uncomfortable tables inside, and food is served in styrofoam, ushering you on your way. When fast food leaves you lukewarm, it’s reassuring to know there is another option, offering something tasty and nourishing.
Sushi Burrito is at 180 East 800 South. Hours are 11 am to 9pm Mon-Sat. Noon-9pm Sunday.