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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I have long been a big fan of the Kyoto Restaurant in Salt Lake City. The food is excellent and the ambiance and service is very authentic and makes you feel like you are enjoying your meal in a fine restaurant in Japan. I like the idea of removing my shoes and enjoying my repast while watching the expert sushi chefs display their talents.

The owners of Kyoto -- Osamu Tada and Yoshiko Tada -- are bringing their great expertise to the south end of the valley. Yamasaki Fusion Cuisine is now open at 6055 South 900 East in Murray. I had visited the location in the past when it was Helen's Restaurant.

The menu is much different from the Kyoto. There is a definite Western theme to the menu entrees. The Western/Oriental offerings truly present a "fusion" of two culinary approaches to fine dining.

For example, the broiled rack of lamb is prepared with a Chinese five-spice sauce. A grilled salmon is offered with white miso sauce and a 12 oz. New York Strip Steak is given the oriental touch with teriyaki Sauce. The deep fried shrimp is cooked in a light and delectable tempura batter. Other entrees and a large appetizer menu offer similar combinations of preparation ingredients.

Though the owners are making a decided difference in menu offerings, they have retained their same attention to excellent service. They provide a comfortable, relaxing Japanese atmosphere that encourages making dinner an event rather than a hurried chore.

The facility has a private dining room ideal for private and corporate gatherings.

So, if you enjoy oriental food, the Tadas now give you two excellent choices: Kyoto in Salt Lake City and Yamasaki Fusion Cuisine in Murray. Incidentally, "Yamasaki" is the maiden name of Yoshiko.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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