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About Permanently Closed - Ikigai (fka Naked Fish Japanese Bistro)
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ikigai - Life with Purpose
In Japan, they believe that everyone has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. We have discovered what our ikigai is...
A Modern Japanese Gastropub
Large Banquet ∙ Conference Rooms ∙ Private Parties
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Japanese, Izakaya, Japanese Speciality
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
Tue-Thu 5pm to 9pm
Fri-Sat 5pm to 10pm
Tue-Thu 11:30am to 2pm
100 South & West Temple
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for inquiries.
Chef David Hopps
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for inquiries.
Private Party Contact:
Johnny Kwon: (801) 595-8888
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Ikigai (fka Naked Fish Japanese Bistro) - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Horrible experience. Unbeknownst to our group the restaurant was scheduled to close their doors for business. The food inventory was nearly completely depleted. The server,although attentive, sold us on the remaining scraps which were mediocre at best and terrible at worst. They charged full price which even if the food was good was way overpriced.
Chef David did a wonderful job taking care of us. We drove all the way from Idaho simply to dine at Ikagai. The food came promptly and was delicious. SLC is very lucky to have such a talented chef and staff who work diligently to provide an amazing dining experience in Utah.
Went to Ikigai prior to a Jazz game and sat at the bar. The quality of the fish was the best I have had in Salt Lake City. The brussels sprouts and soft shell crab buns were also outstanding. Service was efficient and friendly. The Chef was extremely gracious as we chatted with him while dining. We had an hour to get to the game and were able to enjoy 8 different items from the menu with plenty of time to spare. I can't wait to go back and enjoy a more leisurely dinner.
One of the best meals I've ever had. The service was impeccable! You pay for that with higher prices. Only let down was the hipster interior. Very uncomfortable and honestly a little "cold". I would recommend if you want a truly amazing tasting menu served by top notch professionals.
The combination of ingredients to create each cuisine was magical. Three of us had 5 starters and 6 small plates. Only one dish was less interesting but that was personal preference of taste but was still very tasty! Service was impeccable. Totally different than the prior menu - will certainly come back.
Very creative cuisine with varied menu. Aesthetically beautiful arrangements of plates. Decor is a bit stark but comfortable seating. Service was very attentive, particularly in explaining the different dishes. Highly recommended go an eclectic palate
When we first walked it the smell was a little unpleasant. Kinda smelled like an aquarium. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Small plates he recommended ordering 2 from each category. The sauce for the calamari was gritty, the scallop toast was kinda fun. The dinner salad was definitely not worth $10. The best part of the whole experience was the Sukiyaki, pork belly and Japanese cheesecake. If we were to go back we'd only order those 3 things.
Ikigai has a great atmosphere and incredible food. They have reinvented the restaurant, it is now Japanese Tapas instead of sushi. Every single dish we had was outstanding. Must try: Brussel sprouts, Pork Belly, and Sunchoke. You'll be blown away! Go in prepared to order a few items per person, but enjoy everything family style, it's how small plates or tapas are meant to be enjoyed! We also tried most of the cocktails and loved them all! The shiso g&t is a unique and delicious spin on a classic.
the style and the quality of the food was very good, but the portion size for the price was disappointing
We frequent several restaurants that provide a high quality dining experience and you are not overwhelmed by the quantity, but this restaurant the portion sizes were a little too small for the price.
Great place - comfortable vibe. Came with a large group. Shared multiple plates. Celeriac was unique and delicious. Knowledgeable staff - very helpful in selecting menu options. Pork belly was amazing. Seaweed salad was much different than what I expected albeit delicious. They were able to accommodate a large group and get us out quickly for the concert. Unique spot here in SLC!
First time here. I started with the red snapper and Amber Jack. The fishes are very fresh and prepared perfectly. For warm plates, I ordered the sukiyaki and mussels. Both are also exception! At last, I saved a little bit of room for dessert. Ordered the Japanese cheesecake, the ginger beer and burnt honey is the highlight. All over I loved everything I tried and both the chef and the servers are very friendly. Definitely will be back when I'm in town next time.
What a surprise to find this restaurant – I am a chef, in town with another chef friend of mine and we had the best meal of our weeklong trip here. The food was elegant, refined, yet playful and perfectly seasoned. The environment was great for anyone looking for a food adventure or a quiet date night
It's difficult for this restaurant. They are filling a spot that was occupied by a previous fairly high-end Sushi restaurant. They're a Japanese (+/- fusion) restaurant. They don't make it clear what exactly their vision is. I expected at least some sushi. There was none. There were a total of 4 types of fish I could order. They were good but small orders and quite pricey. There were some hot-plates as well, about 6, (which were also small plates) but still quite pricey. We only sampled one of these - Ramen Carbonara. This was recommended by our waiter. This is (as I should have expected) Ramen in a carbonara sauce. This is also about as good as it sounds. Japanese-Italian fusion is not something I feel my life has been missing. We will probably not return until there is a drastic shift in the menu and clarity on their dining principles.
Everything was delicious. We were impressed with the menu and the food did not disappoint. Our service was fantastic. The building and decor were very hip and cozy. This place would get five stars in any city in the US, it was a great find in SLC.
Ikigai does not yet have its act together. The food is delicious, presented artfully, but the menu is limited and the service was SLOW. A tapas place has to get the orders correct and we ended up with the kitchen preparing two rounds of dishes we were already served which meant there was a significant lag before the next dishes were served. The wait staff was very attentive and explained the dishes accurately and enthusiastically. Perhaps i am too old to sit on plywood with no back supper for 2 1/2 hours. The food was too cute to make a return visit likely.
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