The Gateway, the restored 1908 Union Pacific Depot, was initially built for the 2002 Winter Olympics Games and has created a steady stream of both locals and tourists. There are over 130 restaurants. Dinner time brought my daughter and me to The Gateway and, ultimately, The Happy Sumo. It is conveniently located just minutes from the airport and across from the Energy Solutions Center at 153 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The operating hours are: Monday through Thursday from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Sunday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The atmosphere is modern and the ambiance is pleasant and relaxing while still stimulating. There are two other locations; one in Provo, UT and the other in Westminster, CO.
We started off our meal with a green salad. Delicious! The dressing was the best part but the whole salad was great; fresh and presented well with cucumbers and mandarin oranges. It is highly recommended that you order this simple but delicious salad but .it does not come included in your meal and will cost you $4.50 per plate.
Our Miso Soup showed up shortly after. The tofu was in large chunks and didn’t quite mesh well with the soup. If the chunks had been cut into more appropriately sized pieces, the soup would have been perfect. It does not come included in your experience and you should be prepared to shell out $3.25 per bowl.
The Vegetable Maki Combo was nothing exciting, just simple rolls, but still solid. It consisted of a Vegetable roll, Cucumber roll and Avocado roll. The ingredients were quality and all items were fresh. At $12.95 for the combo, this is a decent deal for 18 pieces.
The Jazz Roll was made of Salmon, Yellowtail and Shrimp, topped with tuna tartar, avocado and Sumo Sauce and is a delicious roll that I would definitely order again. It will run you $12.50
I ordered a Sapporo for $8, which was the larger 22 ounce can, and a large Gekkeikan Hot Sake for $9.50. Their Sake list was very unimpressive. There were only two Hot Sake choices and only a few Cold Sake choices. The Sapporo was great, how could you go wrong there? The Gekkeikan Sake was ok, it was nothing impressive and it had a harsh after taste. (It is suggested that you check out the Utah State Alcohol regulations if you are trying to decide on a beer that is not regulated to the 3.2 percent by alcohol weight – import is always a good start.)
A fountain Coca-Cola will cost you $2.25.
The restaurant was busy the entire time of our visit with a variety of patrons – families, couples and even singles.
On average, I believe that The Happy Sumo is a bit pricey, however, taking into account that the restaurant is in the Mecca of the tourist area, the price become slightly more palatable.
All of the food was fresh and we liked everything so I would visit again.
Bottom line: Recommended.