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Best Fusion Restaurant Denver 2009 - Izakaya Den

Izakaya Den

Izakaya Den

1487 S. Pearl St.

Denver, CO 80210

303-777-0691

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Readers' Choice: Zengo
Izakaya Den is a lot of things. It's a tapas restaurant, a small plates restaurant, a sushi restaurant, a sake bar. It does Mediterranean food and Italian food, re-envisioned American bar food and really, really authentic Japanese food. And sometimes, it does all of these together on a single plate — to the delight and confusion and occasional horror of those fortunate enough to have happened into this South Pearl Street restaurant with the nondescript exterior and windows that look out on its always-busy sister restaurant, Sushi Den, across the street. You can get sashimi with real (and murderously expensive) wasabi here, skate wing and waffles, shumai dumpling and lemongrass vichyssoise, kobe beef sliders with foie gras, purple Peruvian frites and hoisin duck wontons. Izakaya is not only proud to call itself a fusion restaurant, but it stands as an avatar of what fusion could've been had such an intriguing culinary designation not been wrecked years ago by 10,000 restaurants all serving wasabi mashed potatoes and ahi tuna tartare.
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jerseycorn
jerseycorn

I have eaten at Izakaya Den on numerous occasions and NEVER been disappointed. It is one of Denver's finest restaurants, period. Don't overthink your selections or your reviews. . . just enjoy.

Audrey
Audrey

I shared 6 different dishes at Izakaya Den. My first time in, and was expecting it to be pretty good. Always happy at Sushi Den. Very disappointing. Dishes seemed poorly executed. The prawn was awesome, but everything else was either so-so or awful. The braised buffalo was well cooked, but pomegranate flavors tasted like syrup and hid all the buffalo flavor. Drinks were awesome, great waitstaff, cool, albeit huge space ... but food is over thought and under executed. Would love to know what Jason had that blew him away so much.

Dave
Dave

We really, really love this place. It has all of the things you love about Sushi Den in a much nicer, more serene setting. Personally, I think some of the fusion ideas are a little over the top - just too much going on. Stick to the more simple, straightforward items and you can't go wrong. Just like her sister Sushi Den, take a suitcase full of money - those little tastes add up fast.

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