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Good Sushi and Japanese Fare in a Friendly, Unpretentious Setting

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Ginza's Salt Lake City location

By Flickr user karmadude Ginza

Ginza's Draper location

Courtesy Ginza II

UPDATE: Ginza's Salt Lake City location is closed. The Draper location is still open.

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Ginza is a longtime favorite with Salt Lake City sushi lovers, serving creative sushi rolls and other Japanese favorites from an unpretentious hole-in-the-wall location near EnergySolutions arena, and a newer location in Draper. Owned by Tokyo native Tetsura Abe, it's named for the Ginza district in Tokyo, one of the world's most luxurious shopping districts.

Ginza is best known for specialty sushi rolls, especially the Mars roll, which they claim to have invented, and the Baja roll, which is not on the menu but is available by request. Other customer favorites include green mussel shooters and tamer fare like teriyaki chicken and vegetable tempura. The SLC location serves lunch and dinner; the Draper location is dinner only.

I've been to Ginza a number of times, and their sushi is above average. On a recent visit I had a specialty roll with tempura shrimp, vegetables, eel and eel sauce, and it was delicious, although if I had it again I would ask for the eel sauce on the side. I'm not a fan of the house salad at Ginza, but the seaweed salad is one of my favorites.

One thing that makes Ginza popular is that they offer 50 percent off selected rolls every day from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the SLC location, and 50 percent off all rolls on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Draper location. The half price specials allow customers to get quality sushi for the price of an average sandwich. The discount applies to dine-in only, and there is a 20 percent gratuity added.

The atmosphere at Ginza is funky and modern, with spare urban decor. The Salt Lake City location looks like a dive from the outside, but it's pleasant and comfortable inside. The Draper location is newer, with the same mint-green walls, chrome light fixtures, black furniture and anime art as the Salt Lake location.

The service at Ginza is hit or miss, but overall I've enjoyed friendly if not speedy service at both locations. On a recent visit when I dropped in for lunch, I was greeted warmly at the door and immediately seated at the sushi bar. When the sushi chef heard my server say they were out of seaweed for seaweed salad, he offered to make me a simple vegetable salad on the house. On another visit I was served the wrong meal entirely, but the staff apologized profusely, corrected the mistake and offered me a free dessert.

Overall I would recommend Ginza as a friendly, laid-back place to get quality sushi and Japanese food, especially when you can get the sushi rolls at half price.

209 W. 200 S.
Open 11:30-10 p.m. daily, 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

715 E 12300 S
Open 11:30-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

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