When to Go: For a more casual, slightly less expensive meal, swing by for happy hour (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday), when select appetizers, wines, and cocktails are served at a discount.
In the Press
Inside Tip: Do not ask for ketchup. Beyond the fact that it's a faux pas at upscale restaurants, Chef Lon Symensma just can't stand the stuff. As he told an interviewer for Westworld, one of his first apartments was next door to a Heinz factory, which permeated the air with the smell of tomatoes and vinegar. This experience left the chef with a strong aversion to the popular condiment.
Cholon: literally translates to "big market," and it's also the name of the largest Chinese market in Saigon, Vietnam.
Pandan: a fragrant, almost-floral herb used in Southeast Asian cooking. At ChoLon, Chef Symensma tosses it into his Singapore-style chicken and rice.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Whet your appetite with a trip to EVOO Marketplace (1338 15th Street), where you can sample gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
After: Sip a nightcap at Mario's Double Daugher's Salotto (1632 Market Street), a dimly lit lounge with a Grimm's fairy tale kind of feel.
Inspired by the Hawaiian term hapa, which describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures, the chefs at Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar strive to balance dynamic flavors with every dish. They follow traditional Japanese techniques but incorporate influences from American, Hawaiian, and Japanese cuisine to fill their lunch and dinner menus with original combinations. Kalua pork peking wraps fold around Hawaiian-style pulled pork and the Poke Don coats fresh ahi tuna or salmon in a house poke sauce and sesame seeds. Sushi rolls range from basic california and shrimp tempura rolls to original creations, such as the XXX Roll, a core of tempura asparagus wrapped in hamachi and jalapeños, seared with olive oil, drizzled with ponzu, and played by Vin Diesel.
Described by chef/owner Troy Guard as ‰ÛÏcontinental social food,‰Û� the cuisine at Tag combines the flavors of Asia, Latin America and Guard‰Ûªs native Hawaii for an experience that is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Dishes are easily shareable, and run the gamut from charred ahi taco sushi to goat enchilada to duck two ways with pan-seared duck and duck confit spring rolls. Guests willing to put their faith in the chef will be pleasantly rewarded with Guard‰Ûªs ever-changing omakase menu. Watch the team at work in the open kitchen from a seat at the chef‰Ûªs counter, or sink into one of the oversized red booths as you await your meal. Tag‰Ûªs Larimer Square location makes it an ideal starting point for your night; however, with its lively atmosphere and seasonally inspired cocktails, you might find it hard to leave. Note: We believe correct name is TAG, so we would change that in title and copy
Today's Groupon gently guides you down a delicious path—with succulent rest stops—that leads to stomach nirvana. For $10, you get $25 worth of American Asian cuisine at Ling and Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill. This Groupon's good at two locations in the Denver area: Northfield and downtown.Dewey: Say, Louie, I hear you had a rather interesting night at the racetrack last night? Oh really, you lost all your money on a horse that couldn’t lose? Why what was the horses’ name? Ha! That’s very ironic that the horse was named Couldn’t Lose. Good talking to you.
At Chino Cantina, guests fill up on gorditas, tacos, and quesadillas while yelling at televisions or simply socializing late into the night. The downtown eatery serves Mexican favorites made fresh, from tacos á la carte to the Gringa quesadilla—a grilled flour tortilla stuffed with melted cheese, pork, pineapple, jalapeños, and bacon. The happy-hour menu makes it easy to get both groups of our new and improved food pyramid—nachos and tequila—every single day.
Located on 15th Street in downtown Denver, Sushi Sasa blends traditional with “new style” Japanese cuisine. The restaurant has a sleek white and wood interior that merges modern touches with natural elements inside a bright, inviting room. The menu changes daily, so that chef/owner Wayne Cornwell can make sure to bring only the freshest and tastiest ingredients to the table. The restaurant serves unique sushi rolls like the Grilled Eggplant Roll and the Caprese Roll, and even offers an adventurous Otsumami (Japanese tapas) menu that includes the popular shrimp and lobster Atomic Dynamites and asparagus tempura with a spicy aioli on the side. They also have a wonderful sake and wine list. The downstairs is cozy, but can get a bit noisy during the busier hours, while upstairs seating is quiet and elegant.