Salt Lake City boasts a thriving and surprisingly diverse restaurant scene, with cuisines ranging from Italian to Brazilian. Though its Irish restaurants can be counted on one hand, it would take the fingers of an extended family to count Salt Lake City's Asian restaurants. And while nearly every town in the United States has a Chinese restaurant, few can claim the quality and variety of Chinese restaurants that Salt Lake can. And Chinese food represents just a fraction of the Asian cuisine available in Salt Lake Valley.
If you're a fan of sushi, you have the opportunity to visit Takashi - possibly the best restaurant along the Wasatch Front, regardless of genre. Or if you typically avoid sushi because of its spendiness, head south about 15 minutes on State Street to the Red Ginger Bistro. This Chinese and Japanese restaurant prepares a variety of appetizers, side dishes, and entrees in addition to its sushi. Offering a 50% discount on all rolls (and additional daily specials), Red Ginger Bistro allows you to utterly feast on high-quality sushi without spending more $10 a person.
If you're in the mood to try Asian fusion, head south even farther to Midvale and pay a visit to Asian Star. Or if you don't mind driving north to Bountiful, check out Mandarin. This award-winning restaurant is considered to be one of the top 25 Chinese restaurants in the entire nation. But if you'd rather stick to the downtown area, you must try the Himalayan Kitchen, a Nepali and Indian restaurant. Come for dinner - or try their legendary (and affordable!) all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.