We thought it would be a relaxing, low-key Friday in downtown Athens, but we were definitely mistaken. UGA graduation was this past Saturday, so it was packed- even in the sushi joint.
Ashley and I sat at the sushi bar, and we both decided to go with the super duper lunch special. You can order two choices from their lunch menu, soup and a salad for $7.95- a total steal.
I ordered the daily nigiri and the shrimp cucumber roll. Ashley got the shrimp cucumber roll and the shrimp tempura roll.
Our soup and salads came out first and very promptly. I’ve had the same waitress there the past couple of times, and she is fabulous. My soup had a lot more seaweed in it than usual, but I like it that way. It was piping hot and definitely a nice little start to the meal. The salad was fresh, and I love the cucumbers they put on it.
Because it was busy, it took a little while to get our food. I kept having to remind myself that it takes a little longer to put together a sushi roll than slap some chicken salad on a sandwich. Ashley and I had some nice convos, though, so it wasn’t too bad.
When it came, my nigiri (tuna and salmon) was very fresh and cold. Unlike grocery store nigiri, my fish did not come with a pile of rice under it. It was just plain fish. I didn’t mind it because it had a fresh, non-fishy taste. It might freak some people out, though.
My eight-piece shrimp and cucumber roll was perfect. I managed to eat my entire meal with chopsticks- a huge feat for me. I’m terrible with chopsticks.
Ashley and I cleaned our plates, so I think our meal was pretty good. The staff at Utage is always friendly and willing to get you whatever you want. Utage is a little hidden in between Molly O’Shea’s and Junkman’s, but it’s a wonderful little nook when you find it.