Denver's five best Japanese restaurants
Sushi is front and center at Hana Japanese Bistro, the Louisville restaurant that I review this week, and the fish is fresh and the portions generous. But while the nigiri is worthy of your attention, it's the other Japanese dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Because Hana boasts a menu of treats that range from crisped gyoza to silky agedashi tofu to spicy ramen to the best soba we've had in town. Dinner also comes with a number of extra morsels from the chef, which gives you ample opportunity to appreciate his painstaking preparations and craft.
1. Domo, 1365 Osage Street
Eating at Domo is a little like eating at Epcot's version of Japan: The restaurant is elaborately designed to resemble a Japanese forest grove, down to stone slabs that make the tables and stumps that serve as chairs. That setting is background, though, for a feast of rare finds in the Rockies: spicy miso ramen, donburi bowls, hot pots bubbling with seafood, Japanese omelets and much, much more. Domo will also treat you to a number of pickled vegetables and other sides featuring ingredients rarely seen on this side of the Pacific. And that's what earned Domo our Best Japanese Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2012.
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1221 Spruce St., Boulder, CO