Modern fusion cuisine spotlights the mingling flavors of multiple cultures, a triumph since chefs’ early attempts, which included bento boxes served on skateboards and duck confit atomically bonded with turkey. Feast on the best of all worlds with today’s Groupon to Japoix Restaurant & Lounge. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a tasting menu for two from chef Rob Michels (a $70 value) that includes the following:
- Two sharing plates of veggie tempura, crispy calamari, or rock shrimp
- Two house or beet salads
- Two miso, french onion, or daily special soups
- Two entrees of braised short rib, samurai sea bass, or seared duck breast
Choice of one english-toffee cake, neapolitan ice cream trio, or crème brûlée dessert
- For $12, you get $25 worth of anything on the lunch menu. Entrees range from $11¬$25.
Praised by the Denver Post and Denver 2night for its artful marriage of American and Asian flavors, Japoix redefines new American cuisine with a contemporary twist on a traditional pan-Asian menu. Duos dive into epicurean eats with a choice of veggie tempura, crispy calamari, or rock shrimp hotter than cross buns in an infrared sauna. Temper meaty appetizers with crisp house or beet salads before sipping miso, french onion, or soup du jour soups from steam-powered spoons. Entrees include braised short rib sidled up to a heap of wasabi pommes puree with rootbeer-glazed carrots and crispy shallots or samurai sea bass steeped in miso marinade. Sweet bites such as english-toffee cake or crème brûlée put the finishing gustatory touches on brimming bellies and empty fanny packs.
Hardwood floors skirt columns stacked high with weathered rocks, and dividers filter muted light through wooden slats. Bamboo pillars tower over heated debates over the correct pronunciation of “quinoa” in the dining room, and patrons sip creative cocktails ($7), including the passion-fruit kamikazi ($9), in a bar area awash in a dim, multicolored glow.
975 Lincoln St.
Denver, Colorado 80203