Review: Happy Sushi restaurant
likely to have happy customers
DIVE RIGHT IN: Happy
Sushi, a brand-new Logan restaurant, offers authentic
and delightful Japanese food. / Photo by Liz Livingston
By Liz Livingston
March 28, 2006 | I find myself to be somewhat of a
sushi enthusiast and as such was very excited to learn
about the new Japanese cuisine restaurant Happy Sushi
on 400 North across from the 7-Eleven.
Happy Sushi opened its doors Friday, and by the next
day I was sitting at one of its beautiful dark wood
tables ordering spicy tuna and salmon rolls. My husband
ordered Oyako Donburi (chicken and vegetables
over steamed rice and miso soup) while the sushi men
(preferred over sushi chefs) made cute faces at my baby.
The décor is elegant for a restaurant that seats six
at the bar and 31 at various Japanese-style tables.
Accent lights are hung from wire across the ceiling
and the walls have paintings of bamboo on them.
The sushi bar is manned by two sushi men, Byonhgo
Lee, the owner, and Duongoo Lee. The two are not related.
Manager Patricia Pedraza met Byonhgo in Salt Lake
City when she worked with him at a clothing store he
owned. Pedraza said Byonhgo had the idea to move to
Logan and start a sushi restaurant because its market
While in Salt Lake City, Byonhgo learned the art of
sushi and has been practicing for two years.
Duongoo, the head sushi man, learned the art of sushi
in California and has been practicing for nine years.
After being served miso soup, my rolls arrived before
my husband's food. He told me not to wait for him and
I eagerly dived in.
There are certain guidelines by which to grade Japanese
cuisine and more specifically the sushi rolls. The presentation
is very important (www.japanese-food-for-health.com)
as well as the texture of the rice, freshness of the
fish, and color of the ginger.
It's not inappropriate to shove a whole piece in your
mouth rather than try to bite it in half, so this is
exactly what I did. With each delightful piece I noticed
the soft and sticky rice, the perfectly fresh fish and
the beautiful presentation I was slowly dismantling.
My husband and I had the opportunity to eat at Iron
Chef Morimoto's restaurant in Philadelphia and my husband
immediately put Happy Sushi at Morimoto's level. I wouldn't
quite put them that high but they're definitely up there.
Pedraza said she and the others at the restaurant
are not concerned about competition with Tanpopo. In
fact it's not something they've really thought about,
Pedraza said she is not worried about Tanpopo's Happy
Hour because Happy Sushi has a tendency to give out
free samples during meals, which she believes will keep
people coming back.
According to the sushi men at Happy Sushi, the difference
between a sushi roll and nigiri is the rice. Sushi really
means rice with vinegar and a sushi roll has rice whereas
nigiri does not. Sashimi is different because it is
made only with raw meat and the meat is placed on top
of the roll.
Happy Sushi has a large menu separated into lunch
and dinner with a separate sushi menu. The menu allows
you to choose specials, combos, a la carte, appetizers
and even salads and desserts.
Happy Sushi has lunch hours Monday through Friday
from 11 to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2:30
p.m. Dinner is Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9:30
p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays
from 4 to 9 p.m.
With such a friendly atmosphere and tasty food, I
had a wonderful dining experience at Happy Sushi and
will certainly return.