Oy, commentier number one-read comment two. Maybe that's why. Food is fine there but I agree with two-no clear direction or appeal, not a place that people talk about for tapas style dining as a true Izakaya is meant to be. It brings people in but if they had half the talent of ToshiSan we'd be raving about it.
Best Late-Night Menu Denver 2008 - Izakaya Den
izakaya den is open no later that sushi den, closing at 10:30 on weekdays and midnight on weekends. this seems hardly late night. in fact the izakaya\'s concept seems to be in flux without clear, nor deliberate, execution. though it fills up and remains busy, it seems only as a result of overflow and lengthy waits at its big brother, sushi den
Patrice Boudou (restaurant consultant and Chef) and Gabe Stallone (who is the Executive Chef and has been from the beginning) were in charge of creating and executing the entire fusion tapas menu from day one. The only influence Toshi had on that menu was giving the ok to serve it. It's frustrating that even though Toshi is a very talented Chef and business man, that the people who were really responsible for the food are not being recognized!