Following are capsulized versions of recommended restaurants reviewed by Al Church, Deseret News Dining Out columnist:

Sushi of Asakusa, 321 S. Main, 364-7142. Simply the best sushi bar in the state which features myriad raw, smoked and steamed seafood. Several all-vegetable selections can be ordered as well. The regular menu has some wonderful choices in addition to the traditional Japanese specialties, such as Korean barbecue, ishikari nabe (seafood chowder) and sashimi combinations. * * * * *Viet-Hoa Cafe, 8475 S. State Street, Sandy. 255-4794. The colorful and flavorful cuisines of Vietnam and China are the specials of this nicely appointed restaurant. Fresh fish specials, grilled meats and rice noodles are dishes worth considering from the lengthy menu. * * *

Da Lolo's Restaurant Francais, 2060 E. 3300 South; 467-9616. Traditional French dishes with specialty cream sauces for beef and seafood items. And authentic rotisserie, attentive service and comfortable atmosphere add to its pleasant bistro feel. * * * 1/2

Ristorante della Fontana, 336 S. 400 East, 328-4243. One of Salt Lake City's most consistent restaurants. Six-course meals feature a wonderful minestrone soup, palate pleasing salads and fresh fruit, and some pleasant though ordinary Italian entrees. Wonderful atmosphere in a turn-of-the-century church. * * * 1/2

Cannella's, 204 E. 500 South. 364-3843. Long a favorite spot for lunch, this little Italian eatery is now open for dinners on Thursday and Friday nights. Generous portions, reasonable prices and warm hospitality have earned Cannella's a well-deserved reputation. * * *

The Carriage Court Restaurant, 71 W. South Temple, 531-1000. In harmony with the comfortable modesty of the beautifully restored Inn at Temple Square, this elegant restaurant offers reasonably priced gourmet specialties. Seafood with tempting sauces are especially good. * * * *

La Dolce Vita, 61 North 100 East, Provo. 373-8482. Literally "the sweet life," this little Italian eatery takes its name from an old Fellini film. But the inexpensive homemade pasta and dessert specialties quickly erase any cinema noir aftertaste. Residents of happy valley and occasional visitors should appreciate this very good restaurant. * * * 1/2

Old Salt City Jail, 460 S. 1000 East, 355-2422. Predictable steak house fare served amidst a re-created Western jail. The decor is nicely weathered and the menu consistent. * * *

Cafe Rude, 961 S. State, 595-6660. Off beat, occasionally spicy, eclectic dishes are the specials of this small eatery. Creative pasta, vegetarian, seafood and chicken dishes are spiced with a blend of Mediterranean, Southwestern, Cajun or Oriental seasonings. * * * *

La Puente, 3434 S. State, 466-1194. A lively Mexican eatery that serves up hearty servings of Mexican food and hospitality. Combination platters, smothered burritos and smothered soft shell tacos are especially good. * * * .

Siegfried's Deli, 69 W. 300 South, 355-3891. A cafeteria-style lunch counter offers downtown diners a chance to sample some of the 70 different kinds of sausages and smoked meats available in this festive deli. Homemade sausages such as weisswurst, bratwurst and liverwurst are especially good. * * * 1/2

El Farol, 7223 S. State, 255-3742; 1769 E. Murray/Holladay Road, 272-4737. Uncomplicated, moderately-priced, freshly prepared Mexican specialties are the main ingredients of this unpretentious restaurant. For years, El Farol (the lantern) has beckoned diners with consistent quality. * * * 1/2

Hellenic House Restaurant, 2750 S. 300 West, 487-3045. An informal eatery that features lots of American food; but the earthy Greek specialties are worth the visit, especially the avgolemono soup, gyro and roasted meats. * * * 1/2

Tokyo Boys, 515 S. 700 East, Trolley Corners, 364-7148. Authentic Japanese cuisine, including some dishes not often served in local Japanese restaurants. The atmosphere is breezy and the sushi and sashimi fresh. * * * *

Nifty Fifties, 1166 E. Brickyard Road, 466-4117. Relive the innocent and often calorically excessive '50s with live rock 'n' roll bands on the weekends, cherry cokes and large sandwiches like the Fats Domino burger or Rockin' Robin. * * * 1/2

Star of India, 177 E. 200 South, 363-7555. Indian cuisine, with an emphasis on Northern Indian dishes, including specialties prepared in the tandoor. Meats, seafood and breads are especially good; chicken, vegetable and lamb curries are also featured. * * * *

Philippine Gardens, 145 E. 1300 South, 364-1376. Utah's only Philippine restaurant offers customers a clean, cozy interior and a colorful Oriental cuisine with a touch of Spanish influence. The leche flan and pinoy shish kebab are especially good. * * * *

Gandhi's, 1615 Foothill Blvd., 581-0222. A modest restaurant that features the cuisine of India. Moderately priced vegetarian and meat dishes served with curry and fresh bread are the specialties. * * *

Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, 1084 S. State, 539-1122. This recent addition to the South State area of Salt Lake that is fast becoming the home to some of the area's best Oriental food, specializes in Mandarin and Szechuan dishes. Seafood dishes, especially specialties like lobster in black bean sauce, are especially good. * * * 1/2

Dine' Cafe, 4616 S. 4000 West, West Valley City. 969-8641. Navajo tacos and the trademark Navajo burrito, made with fresh hand-made fry bread, are the specialties of this modest eatery. Customers should also notice the wonderful Native American art which decorates the interior. * * * *

The Bluebird Cafe, 19 N. Main, Logan. 752-3155. One of Utah's historic restaurants is once again thriving under new ownership. Traditional American favorites, as well as freshly made fountain treats and homemade candies, are specials of the house. * * * *

Hampton's Ford Stage Stop and Inn, 3585 Bigler Road, Collinston. 458-3301 or 257-3889. This beautifully restored two-story stone restaurant once was one of the major stage stops along the crossroads of the West. The local scenery as well as warm hospitality and hardy homemade cuisine should please just about everyone's hunger for good food and the old West. * * * 1/2

Alta Lodge, Sunday Brunch, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta. 322-4631. An exhaustive international buffet of cold and hot dishes that dazzles the palate. The experience is made even more enjoyable by the beautiful canyon setting and the relaxed pace nurtured by the staff. * * * * 1/2