Sushi is a complex world of flavors, textures, and colors that may seem intimidating at first. Wasabi Sushi Bar?s spread of more than 90 rolls includes simple california and bluefin rolls for the sushi newbie as well as adventurous items for those delving deeper into the realm of maki.
Yellowfin tuna and cucumber slices fill the more simplistic rolls, and shrimp tempura and avocado cut the delicate brine flavor of barbecued eel in other offerings. The sushi chefs also liberally sprinkle a housemade tempura crunch topping at the sushi bar, and new york strip steaks crackle beneath spicy teriyaki sauces at the grill.
The name means "taste" in Thai, and at Ghin Asian Blend & Sushi, flavor always comes first. Averse to calling their dishes "Asian fusion," the restaurant's chefs instead refer their genre as "Asian blend." They aim to bring the nuances of many cultures' kitchens seamlessly together on the same plates, creating meals that are as artful as they are satisfying. The tom yum soup, for instance, showcases a Thai- and Malaysian-style broth made from chili and fresh lime, whereas a spicy, Japanese tamari marinade brings the heat to the tropical-inspired tuna poke appetizer. Maki rolls display similar melding, matching spicy tuna with macadamia nuts and beef tataki with jalapeno. Even classic American dishes receive a global update?burgers are topped with sweet chili aioli, lamb chops are sauced with a ginger sake tamari reduction, and cuts of chicken are given their own delicious passports.
Sushi chefs at Kazoku Sushi celebrate the ocean's bounty with colorful creations of salmon, yellowtail, and fatty tuna preen atop tiny mounds of rice. The sushi rolls pop with even more color?from the avocado and mango tucked alongside crabmeat to a sprinkling of red and golden tobiko. There are also plenty of sushi-free dishes, as chefs cook classic teriyaki chicken and specialties such as the pistachio-encrusted salmon served with a wasabi caper buerre blanc. And no matter the meal, guests can eat with a traditional pair of chopsticks or request a pitchfork.
Rice Bistro & Sushi's kitchen overflows with cookware that steams and simmers dishes of pan-fried basil beef, pots of rice noodles for pad thai, and golden portions of peking duck. Outside the kitchen, sushi chefs behind the sushi bar craft specialty fresh sushi and sashimi; the combination of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai earned the restaurant a nomination for Best Asian Fusion in ABC 7's 2011 Denver A-List. Despite the traditional recipes, chefs are conscious of modern dietary restrictions and never add MSG, peanut oil, or sulfuric acid to their meals. Items such as basil lobster and scallops can be prepared gluten-free upon request. Diners sip on imported Japanese sodas, teas, or an array of more than 130 different wines to accent bites of tempura lobster rolls, along with 10 varieties of hot and cold sake and specialty saketinis from the full bar.
By using only 100% vegetable oil and fat-free love, Masa Asian Kitchen's chefs are able to craft Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese entrees that are both flavorful and MSG-free—entrees such as lo mein noodles, green curry, and teriyaki salmon. They also create 20 sushi rolls, the seaweed casings of which pack in tempura shrimp, spicy crab, cream cheese, and avocado. To request adjustments to a dish, diners simply speak with their server, who can ask the chef to turn a meaty dish into a vegetarian entree or a spicy dish into just a bunch of napkins dipped in water.
Aromatic herbs weasel their way into almost every dish at Real Thai, where chefs add a liberal sprinkling of chilies, basil, lemongrass, galangal, and lime leaf to create their signature dishes. These can take the form of entrees such as green curry that's infused with coconut milk or drunken noodles that are free of inhibition. However, not every dish is built upon a foundation of noodles or rice. They also whip up specialties such as eggplant stuffed with ground chicken and shrimp and drizzled in eel sauce.