Even if I can’t personally get on board with eating sushi, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good sushi restaurant.
Sushi Den has been around since 1985 and while we haven’t been going quite that long, we have been going there for some time now. Their food never disappoints.
The Kizaki brothers own and operate the business together and have since added a couple of other restaurants nearby, Izakaya Den & Ototo. Izakaya Den features smaller tapa-like dishes which are creative and sometimes unusual. It’s a good alternative to Sushi Den since they also have some sushi options, too.
Ototo is the newest addition and replaced Den Deli, a short-lived venture. Den Deli was a more informal restaurant but one of the best things about it was they had a small deli-like area where you could buy some fresh fish to make at home. I wish they’d bring Den Deli back but that’s just me. At least we still have Sushi Den.
They did a good job of creating a Japanese aesthetic in their restaurant. Clean lines and simple furnishings.
Some of the best edamame I’ve had.
Since I don’t eat sushi much I can’t personally vouch for it, but my husband can. He loves the stuff and can’t speak highly enough of the sushi here.
You’d be hard pressed to find fresher fish here in the middle of a landlocked state. One of the brothers lives in Japan and personally selects the fish from the local fish market, then flying the fish from Japan to Denver. It all arrives in Denver within 24 hours.
If you’re like me and want something other than sushi, there’s still plenty of delicious options to choose from. I’ve tried the tempura (very good), sukiyaki (the beef was incredibly tasty), the bento box (quite an array of delicious choices – and huge!) and the butterfish black cod, which is what I usually tend to order.
You can’t go wrong with the black cod. Lightly flavored miso black cod that simply melts in the mouth. Soooo good!
One thing that’s a little frustrating is that they changed their menu. The black cod used to be served as an entree complete with soup or salad and rice. Now it’s ordered as an appetizer and everything else is extra. I guess for those who don’t want rice it’s a good thing, but I prefer it all together as a meal.
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