Tasteful, creative Japanese dishes and rolls offered in a hip location

Soy’s Sushi Bar and Grill –

Murray, UT – Sushi, Japanese, Asian – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Brandon O. - Pro Sifter & PhotographyPublished Nov, 25 2019

Overall 4.5 / 5.0

4.6

Food

4.5

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.5

Value

Overview

Soy’s Sushi Bar is the newest venture from the former owners of the now-closed Rice Basil. This Japanese eatery focuses on serving artful sushi, nigiri, sashimi, and other seafood dishes. They also offer beef steaks and other Asian dishes.

Value

The pricing is comparable to other Japanese restaurants in the valley. Sushi runs $10 to $12 and is average size, about eight pieces each. Some rolls are better than others, but each uses top-grade ingredients.

The most popular dishes

The Holladay, Snowbird, and Deja Vu rolls.

What I ordered

The Snowbird, Ecstasy, Holladay, Spicey Scallop, Volcano roll, Tuna Takaki sashimi, and chocolate dessert.

Food quality

The ingredients used were of the highest quality, including fresh seafood. The presentation was equally excellent. We’ll go into the details of each entree.

Snowbird
The roll features deep red, Japanese Amberjack (yellowtail), and raw jalapeno inside the roll. Its served with escolar (white tuna) and vinaigrette jalapeno sauce on top. The sauce was sweeter than spicey, with a strong chili flavor. Some bites are mild. Others have jalapeno seeds in it and can be very spicey.

Ecstasy
This was our favorite roll! It combines tuna, cucumber, and imitation crab inside the roll. It’s topped with avocadoes, lemon, eel sauce, brown sugar, and panko crumbs up top. The most prominent flavors were the citrus from the lemon, the umami from the fish, the hoisin barbecue flavor from the eel sauce, and the brown sugar sprinkles. This came together to create a high contrast of textures and tastes.

Holladay
You’ll find shishito peppers, tuna tartar topped with yellowtail, escolar, and shredded peppers in this roll. It’s served with ponzu sauce. This was our least memorable roll. It was somewhat tart, tangy, and bland. It needed to be either more sweet or savory to compliment the ingredients used.

Tuna Tataki
Excellent presentation! This dish was almost too pretty to eat. It featured a light sesame sauce, fresh tomato, daikon radish, and avocado on top. A sweet citrus ponzu like sauce lined the bottom of the plate. The big-eyed tuna was well seared, sliced thinly, and of the highest quality. The filet was absent of any sinew or stringy ligaments, which I commonly find in sashimi dishes within Utah. Overall I was extremely impressed with the Tuna Takaki.

Spicy Scallop
The spicy scallop was hardly spicy (coming from someone with who is sensitive to hot foods), but it was delicate, fresh, and bright. The scallop is barely noticeable, but the other flavors are nicely balanced and perfectly light.

Volcano
The volcano roll was massive, with the addition of eel sauce, cream cheese, and fried tuna. It had a myriad of flavors but wasn’t especially remarkable.

Dietary Needs

Many dishes have soy, fish, shellfish, tree-nut oils, and gluten in the sauces. Their menu also has a dot next to gluten-free items. With a single kitchen, cross-contamination likely occurs. Be sure to ask the restaurant before consuming it.

Ambiance

The restaurant’s decor leans contemporary. Stylish ringed and hexagon lights hang from the ceiling illuminating contrasting black and white walls, lined with modern paintings, against hip orange seatings. Rose napkins and neatly placed chopsticks adorn the tables, and a stylish wine facade serves as a backdrop to their bar. This looks great, but if you look closer, you’ll notice cracked and chipped paint, dirty towels, mops, and dishes visible in the dining areas. This brought down the attractiveness of the space for me. It’s also a bit noisy due to the concrete floors, exposed metal ceiling ventilation, and wood surfaces.

Service

Upon arrival, our reservation was honored, and we were seated quickly. Our waiter was courteous and prompt before us pulling out our phones or cameras to take photos. He was very attentive, regularly filling our water every 5 minutes or so. However, I was disappointed in the way he represented the menu. I like a restaurant to educate me on their offerings without me prodding for it, so I can get an idea of what is good. He merely handed us the menu. Other than that, the rest of the service was excellent. The food was delivered promptly, and the quality was consistent.

What I liked most

The quality of the food, the presentation of the Tuna Tataki, and the atmosphere of the restaurant.

What I disliked most

Staff members left personal belongings and clutter in the dining areas, distracting from the cleanliness and alure of the restaurant.

The verdict

I will be coming back for the food. This is one of the higher grade sushi restaurants in Utah!

Food prepared in this establishment may contain wheat, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. Please ask the establishment prior to consuming any food.

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