Review preview: Ototo Food and Wine Bar

Categories: The Dish

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Mark Manger
Toshi and Yasu Kizaki have been serving Pearl Street for two decades, first with Sushi Den, which they opened in its current home twenty years ago, and then again with Izakaya Den, which first started serving dinner in 2007.

Both of those spots pack crowds into cavernous spaces every day of the week, and last fall the brothers offered a third option: Ototo Food and Wine Bar.

For this week's review, I visited Ototo, which morphed from Den Deli last fall, changing from a quick-service Japanese deli counter to a full-scale restaurant, with a menu split between European and Japanese dishes and a beverage list to match.

I nibbled through Ototo's global gamut of small plates, including the egg in a jar, a layered concoction from chef Darren Pusatari that he put together for us here:

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Did the youngest restaurant live up to the reputations of its prestigious older siblings? Find out tomorrow, when the review is posted here.

And on Cafe Society tomorrow, I'll fill you in on what happened when Ototo was forced to close for a week -- the week when my review was originally supposed to run.

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Location Info

Ototo Food and Wine Bar - CLOSED

1501 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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3 comments
Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Jeff: We don't post restaurant reviews on the Cafe Society blog. They have their own home under the "Restaurant" tab on the westword.com home page. The Carmine's review is here: http://www.westword.com/2011-0...

yup
yup

That makes no sense. I had no idea either. I have been waiting. Since you post the preview here, it makes not sense that you dont post the review. At the very least, you need to state in the preview that the actual review will not be in the CS blog.

Jeff
Jeff

How about posting the Carmine's review from last week's Review Preview

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