Let me start by saying that if you came to this blog looking for low carb recipes, please forgive me and come back another day, or go to the sidebar and check out my improved recipe index, with categories! Sushi is definitely not a low carb food. Since I went on the South Beach diet nearly 18 months ago, I’ve been remarkably dedicated to avoiding refined carbs like sugar, white rice, potatoes, and white flour. I truly haven’t found it hard to give up eating these things. In fact, the longer I go without them, the more I don’t really want to eat them at all.
There is, however, one consistent, persistant, exception. I have not, can not, will not stop eating sushi. If I am allowed only one high carb splurge food for special exceptions, for me it must be sushi. I love, love, love sushi. In fact, it would be number one on my top ten list of favorite foods.
Last week was my birthday. My friend, Robin, took me to my very favorite sushi restaurant in Salt Lake, Tsunami. It’s located in what can only be called an upscale strip mall, in the trendy part of Salt Lake where I live which is called Sugarhouse. This area has been revived in the last ten years with a huge shopping and restaurant complex called the Sugarhouse Center. Tsunami is like a breath of fresh air in a development full of chain restaurants and fast food havens. It’s a small place, and regulars know to call ahead or show up early because this place gets packed. The location is great, but truth be told, it’s packed simply because the food here is just superb.
We started out dinner with Sushi Poppers, tempura fried morsels of smoked salmon, green onions, and decidedly not low carb rice, served with a spicy sweet sauce. The sauce is visually similar to Utah Fry Sauce, but sweeter and with just a touch of what I’m guessing is cayenne pepper.
Of all the specialty rolls at Tsunami, the Don Juan Roll is my favorite. This roll has tuna, crab, smoked salmon, and cream cheese, then it’s tempura fried and served with a little eel sauce. The taste is amazing.
If I had to pick my favorite sushi roll it would be spicy tuna roll. I’ve eaten this in more cities or restaurants than I could keep track of. The spicy tuna roll at Tsunami is excellent. Someone told me what makes this spicy is a little mayo with cayenne pepper spread as a layer on the rice before it is rolled around the tuna. I wish I had thought to ask. Guess I’ll have to go back to check!
Tsunami Restaurant / Sushi Bar
2233 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah
I paid for the food at Tsuanami and they have no idea I’m writing this post about the restaurant. I don’t really write restaurant “reviews” but once in a while I talk about restaurants in Salt Lake and Restaurants in other cities where I’ve had great meals.
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