Sushi

Otori Sushi is a popular restaurant for Gonzaga students, located on 829 E Boone Ave Suite B. 

At most sushi restaurants, there are endless menu items that can serve as a satisfying lunch or dinner for any occasion. Here are some locations 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 focus of this restaurant is on the traditional “Omakase” style, a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you.” By selecting this option, the chefs will choose the food for you. 

However, if you like to be in control of your order, Umi prides itself on its high quality cuts of fish, so get a sashimi combo or some nigiri. You can even bring your friends who don’t eat sushi, as they have tons of entree options and even bento boxes. And for anyone with a sweet tooth, the restaurant's "First Love" roll is the perfect dessert if you still have room.

Check the spot out every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1309 W. Summit Parkway. 

SUSHI BLOSSOM

If you are a fan of cherry blossoms, look no further. This restaurant centers around Sakura, also known as cherry blossoms, which has the pretty flowers and plenty of other plants on full display, overall giving off a dreamy and whimsical look.

“The name Sushi Blossom comes from the cherry blossoms, as if the sushi is blossoming like the flower,” said Grace Ha, one of the servers and managers. 

This restaurant opened in March 2021, by the owner who has over 10 years of experience as a sushi chef in Spokane. Sushi Blossom likes to use fresh and seasonal ingredients, and Ha reiterated that presentation and maintaining their overall aesthetic is key. 

Ha strongly recommends people try their signature rolls: The "Sushi Blossom" roll and the "Starry Night" roll. This Japanese restaurant also has taiyaki with ice cream for dessert, which is a neat find in Spokane.

If you’re looking to support a fairly new restaurant, stop by on Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. at 1228 S. Grand Blvd. Suite B.

IZUMI SUSHI AND ASIAN FUSION

From the wooden boats and the lucky cat figurine to the dark walls and light tables, it’s clear that Izumi’s vision is to combine what is traditional with what is 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 been training as a sushi chef all across the country for the past eight years, and chef Yufu Ge, who handles the bistro, has cooked authentic Chinese food for 30 years. With this experience, Izumi highlights masterful sushi.

The restaurant emulates the fusion style that is very popular these days, but also serves cuisine that represents family values.

It brings in a large variety of seafood regularly, so if you’re adventurous, try some abalone or monkfish liver. If you’re newer to sushi, that’s OK too. Izumi has all the classic rolls and specialty rolls like the "Bruce Lee" or the "Spice Girl."

Swing by on Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. at 4334 S. Regal St.

OTORI SUSHI

You all know this one, it’s a classic. Not only is it located right next to campus, but it takes Bulldog Bucks. You can get tasty sushi for (essentially) no real money.

The restaurant’s use of mostly dark hued decor and furniture gives it that minimalist look, however the friendly owners and service makes it the cozy spot it’s known for. Moon Lee and Hannah Park are the owners, a couple who immigrated from Korea. Lee is also the main chef.

“We were first looking at Seattle,” Park said. “But the first time I visited here, we instantly fell in love with this city and we knew we wanted to move here.”

Park recommends the tempura rolls, with fusion and fresh rolls also being very popular. Otori likes to make its portions large, so you are able to order one roll and feel full rather than having to order multiple rolls to achieve that same satisfaction. 

Walk on over to Otori on Mondays-Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 829 E. Boone Ave. Suite B.

Marissa Conter is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @marissaconter.