SHIGE JAPANESE CUISINE
100 N. 8th St., Boise, 338-8423
Sushi? In Idaho? Yes, it is possible, and if anyone knows how to do it and do it well, it's chef and owner Shige Matsuzawa. Started more than 20 years ago as a small Japanese-style restaurant in the then-newly built Capitol Terrace building, Shige Japanese Cuisine has evolved into a sushi empire. Shige Japanese Cuisine offers multiple types of dining experiences in one location: Shige Express for quick lunches and dinners, Shige Steak House for teppan-style hibachi dining - there's even a saketini and karaoke bar. Meridian is in on the action, too, with Shige Teriyaki and Shige Express Meridian at 450 S. Meridian Road; it features "Idaho's largest floating sushi bar."
The menu offers an impressive amount of fresh sushi/sashimi, as well as nearly 100 rolls, many of them created by Matsuzawa and staff. The Dynamite roll ($8.50) - made of tuna, crab, scallions, tobiko and chili - is mouth-watering. For diners a little less willing to sample raw fish, Shige offers Soba Noodles ($9.95) and several cooked Japanese-style dishes like Katsudon ($9.95), deep-fried pork with simmered egg, green onions and sauce all served over a bed of rice.
IOU Sushi, 1517 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 672-7223; 2107 N. Cassia St. Nampa, 461-5203
Sakana Japanese Sushi & Steak House, 1718 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, 888-6278
Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant, 283 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 672-8227, fujiyamaboise.com
Sakura Japanese Restaurant, 3210 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 938-1599, boisesakurasushi.com