All-you-can-eat ramen, sushi, more at new “Izumi” on Speedway

The former Denny’s at 3655 E. Speedway Blvd. has transformed into Izumi, a hip Japanese and sushi restaurant. While the grand opening with full menu launch happens Saturday, March 10, the restaurant is currently in soft-open phase – open to the public with a limited menu.

Peek inside to see sleek ceiling lamps and cozy booths with no resemblance of Denny’s remaining. The wall behind the hostess stand features a mounted illuminated waterfall.

The main menu features a selection of sushi and Japanese dishes typical of sushi restaurants, but also includes a few out-of-place items such as Orange Chicken and Korean Ojingeo Bokkeum. Diners will return for the main draw though — the $25 all-you-can-eat menu.

While standard AYCE items such as Japanese appetizers and sushi rolls are included, three unique items stand out: ramen, crab legs, and raw oysters. However, the latter two are limited to one order per person.

Interior at Izumi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Interior at Izumi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Izumi features ramen in three varieties: Baitan, a chicken and pork broth, Miso, a miso and pork broth, and Tonkotsu, a rich emulsified pork broth. Toppings are the same across the board: chashu pork, ramen, a medium-boiled egg, and vegetables such as scallions, mushrooms, and cabbage.

Izumi Main Menu (Not All-You-Can-Eat) Highlights

  • Izumi Roll ($17.50) – two lobster tails, cucumber, wrapped in soy paper topped with spicy crab, eel sauce, spicy mayo
  • Pepper Tuna ($11) – sliced pepper tuna, avocado, scallion, masago, ponzu sauce
  • Umami Oyster ($8) – caviar, ikura, tuna
  • Grilled Pork Belly ($9) – pork belly, green onion, jalapeño, steam buns
  • Ojingeo Bokkeum ($8) – sauteed squid, spicy chili sauce
  • Miso Salmon ($19) – grilled salmon, mixed veggies, miso sauce
  • Fried Banana Spring Rolls ($7) – served with red bean ice cream
Crab legs at Izumi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Crab legs at Izumi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Stay tuned for more details after the grand opening.

Izumi is located at 3655 E. Speedway Blvd. Operating hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday. For more information, call (520) 327-2778.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.