Ling Wu, owner of Sushi Monster, said he has been working in the restaurant business since he was just a kid.
Wu learned to be a sushi chef at his uncle's restaurant while growing up. Then, 10 years ago, at the age of 18, he opened his first Sushi Monster restaurant in his home state of Florida.
Wu now owns two locations in Florida, and he added a third in West Valley City two years ago. Last month, he introduced his most recent restaurant at Station Park in Farmington.
Asked what brought him to Utah, Wu said he has an adventurous spirit and wanted a change from the sunny beaches of Florida.
"I had never tried snow skiing and I wanted to give it a try," he said. He had also heard there was a good business climate here.
Wu's diverse menu includes sushi as the main attraction, with more than 30 different rolls from which to choose. But he also offers a variety of Japanese dishes.
Appetizers include Squid Salad ($7), Octopus Salad ($10.99), Fried Calamari ($6.99), Gyoza (a plate of meat and vegetable dumplings, $5.25), and Yaki Ebi (skewers of broiled teriyaki shrimp, $6.99).
Entrees include Tempura, lightly battered and deep fried fare with chicken ($12.99), vegetables ($10.95) or seafood ($14.99); and Katsu, cracker-breaded and deep-fried dishes with sauce in choice of chicken ($12.99), beef ($13.99) or king salmon ($14.99).
There are also familiar favorites -- such as Chicken Teriyaki ($12.99) with soup, salad and rice; or hibachi-grilled entrees including steak ($13.95) and shrimp ($14.95).
"Presentation is really important to my restaurant," said Wu, who believes the meals are as interesting to look at as they are delicious to eat.
He especially likes the presentation of the Live Lobster Sashimi ($35.99), in which a 1- to 1 1/2-pound live lobster is brought to the table before being taken back to the kitchen and made into a dinner of soup, sushi rolls and raw lobster tail.
Wu said many diners order the California Roll ($3.50) and the Dynamite ($6.75), a deep-fried roll with salmon, crab and asparagus. But he encourages his customers to try something new each time and even makes sushi rolls that are not on the menu upon request.
- ADDRESS: 935 W. Promontory, Suite G-130, in Station Park, Farmington
- HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sundays
- PHONE: 801-451-2880, 801-451-2890