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Downtown Sarasota's Utamaro Offers Sushi and Other Japanese Favorites

Enjoy sushi and other Japanese favorites at Utamaro.

By Hannah Wallace January 11, 2016 Published in the January 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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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

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