In most sushi restaurants there are endless menu items that can serve as a satisfying lunch or dinner for any occasion. Here are some places in Spokane that are a must visit.
UMI KITCHEN AND SUSHI BAR
With bright lanterns and dark accents, this restaurant has a very modern feel to it. Located in Kendall Yards, it opened in 2018.
Chefs Tong Liu and Haru Wong have over 10 years of experience and have created menus for five award-winning sushi restaurants. The emphasis of this restaurant is on the traditional “Omakase” style, a Japanese expression which means “The choice is yours”. By selecting this option, the chefs will choose the food for you.
However, if you like to control your order Umi prides itself on their high quality cuts of fish, so get yourself a sashimi combo or a nigiri. You can even bring your friends who don’t eat sushi, as they have tons of starter options and even bento boxes. And for foodies, the restaurant’s “First Love” bun is the perfect dessert if you still have room.
Check the location every day of the week from 11 am to 8:30 pm at 1309 W. Summit Parkway.
If you are a fan of cherry blossoms, look no further. This restaurant is centered around Sakura, also known as Cherry Blossoms, which features pretty flowers and lots of other plants, overall giving off a dreamy and whimsical look.
“The name Sushi Blossom comes from the cherry blossoms, as if the sushi blooms like the flower,” said Grace Ha, one of the waiters and managers.
This restaurant opened in March 2021, by the owner who has over 10 years experience as a sushi chef in Spokane. Sushi Blossom likes to use fresh, seasonal ingredients, and Ha reiterated that presenting and maintaining their overall aesthetic is key.
Ha highly recommends people to try their signature rolls: the “Sushi Blossom” roll and the “Starry Night” roll. This Japanese restaurant also offers taiyaki with ice cream for dessert, which is a great find in Spokane.
If you’re looking to support a new restaurant, come see us Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. at 1228 S. Grand Blvd. Suite B.
IZUMI SUSHI AND ASIAN FUSION
From wooden boats and the lucky cat figurine to dark walls and light tables, it’s clear Izumi’s vision is to combine the traditional with the modern.
Located on the South Hill, this restaurant opened at the end of 2016 and is owned by husband and wife George Liu and Xiaoyan Zhang. Liu has trained as a sushi chef all over the country for the past eight years, and chef Yufu Ge, who runs the bistro, has been cooking authentic Chinese food for 30 years. With this experience, Izumi puts forward masterful sushi.
The restaurant mimics the fusion style which is very popular these days, but also serves cuisine that represents family values.
He regularly brings in a wide variety of seafood, so if you’re adventurous, try abalone or monkfish liver. If you’re new to sushi, that’s okay. Izumi has all the classic buns and specialty buns like “Bruce Lee” or “Spice Girl”.
Spend Mondays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays noon to 9 p.m. at 4334 S. Regal St.
You all know this one, it’s a classic. Not only is it located right next to campus, it takes Bulldog Bucks. You can get delicious sushi for (essentially) no real money.
The restaurant’s use of predominantly dark-hued decor and furnishings gives it a minimalist feel, but the friendly owners and service make it the cozy place it is known for. Moon Lee and Hannah Park are the owners, a couple who immigrated from Korea. Lee is also the main chef.
“We were looking at Seattle first,” Park said. “But the first time I came here we immediately fell in love with this city and we knew we wanted to move here.”
Park recommends tempura rolls, with fusion and fresh rolls also being very popular. Otori likes to make her portions bigger, so you can order one roll and feel full rather than having to order multiple rolls to get the same satisfaction.
Meet at Otori Monday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 829 E. Boone Ave. Suite B.
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