Downtown Sarasota's Utamaro Offers Sushi and Other Japanese Favorites
The place The long narrow dining room is sleek and atmospheric, with a sushi bar stretching half the length of the space opposite a single line of tables, plus a couple of window-side tables up front. Expect a chorus of “Thank you!” and “Arigato!” from the sushi chefs when you depart.
The people A popular spot for youngish, downtown movers-and-shakers, and on occasion, a celebrity or two.
Time factor Sushi isn’t the speediest of foods, though the staff is attentive and well-coordinated. Don’t rush; savor.
The food Utamaro is a great go-to when you’re craving a roll, either something traditional or a specialty creation like sweet-and-spicy bang bang shrimp roll, the light and fresh Chef’s Choice Sashimi lunch ($16.95) or the familiar Teriyaki chicken ($9.95). All lunch dishes come with miso soup, green salad and steamed white rice. You won’t feel weighted down when you go back to the office, just perfectly satisfied.
Utamaro | 1900 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-0095