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Asian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Five Different Styles of Ramen and Where to Find Them in Denver

    Denver isn't known as a ramen town, primarily because there aren't many joints that specialize in nothing but the Japanese noodle soup. In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle you'll find dozens of Japanese restaurants that have "ramen" or "noodle" in their names -- but not so here in Denver. Stil ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Thailicious Adds Serene Charm to Busy Sheridan Boulevard

    Edgewater, with a population of just over 5,200, may have the highest ratio of Thai restaurants per capita of any spot in Colorado. Fans of Thai cuisine in the metro area are already familiar with the vibrant flavors and tongue-melting heat of U.S. Thai, but newcomer Thailicious, open less than a ye ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Suvipa Thai Adds Variety to Federal's Vietnamese Zone

    Suvipa Thai didn't have to do much to make its dining room presentable for guests: a new coat of paint in the small, square room and some flowers on the tables, and everything was ready to go. The previous tenant, Pho De, had already painted over the lime green and sky blue of Lotus Vegetarian, whic ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Review: Gone Swishin' at Kobe An Shabu Shabu

    Kobe An Shabu Shabu 3400 Osage Street 303-284-6342 Somewhere along the line, cooking became a chore. For reasons best left to food historians and sociologists, the art of feeding ourselves has tumbled in popularity and now hovers just above taking out the trash on the list of most despised househol ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Review: Glaze by Sasa Is a Sweet Combination

    Glaze by Sasa 1160 Madison Street 720-387-7890 facebook.com/glazebysasa With 25 years of sushi-making under his belt, including a year with Iron Chef Morimoto and nine years as chef-owner of Sushi Sasa, Wayne Conwell knows a sushi spot when he sees one. And he saw one the instant he stepped into th ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    You're Actually Welcome at Little India

    There are nights when I crave the unique and adventurous, the dishes with names I can't pronounce and ingredients I've never heard of, much less shopped for or cooked at home -- tropical fruits with pungent or savory back notes, the odd bits of meat that never even see a grocery-store butcher counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Tiffin's Dishes Up Bolder Indian Street Food in Boulder

    When Tiffin's opened on Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder three years ago, the fast-casual restaurant was completely vegetarian. Over time, the menu has grown from a focus on the street food of southern India, adding more familiar -- at least to Front Range palates -- curries, kabobs and biryanis. Still, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Trekking to Lakewood for a Touch of the Exotic at India Nepal Oven

    Saturday lunch is the best time for an all-you-can-eat buffet. You don't have to worry about returning semi-comatose to work and you've probably already done yard work or something else outdoorsy to justify the added caloric load. Indian restaurants, especially, tend toward low-risk, high-reward buf ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Khazana Indian Restaurant Focuses on Tamil Cuisine

    A drive into the southern suburbs on a weekend can feel like you're entering a deserted city. Traffic after rush hour is light and once the sun begins to set, people seem to clear out like they're expecting the vampires to come out. Places that normally do a brisk lunch business -- like Khazana, wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Taste of Thailand Turns Twenty With Fresh Spirit and "Beautiful Fish"

    When Taste of Thailand opened, there were a total of five Thai restaurants in Denver. In the intervening twenty years, Thai cuisine has blossomed in town, but Taste of Thailand has stuck close to its time-tested formula of garden-fresh cuisine, traditional Thai recipes (with a few Colorado twists), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Dae Gee Will Soon Open Second Spot in Denver

    Here's a welcome sign: Dae Gee will soon its second location, this one in central Denver, at the former home of 4G's Mexican Restaurant at 827 Colorado Boulevard. The original Dae Gee in Westminster won our Best Korean Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2014 -- and yes, there was plenty of compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Raw Ambition: Yasu Kizaki of Sushi Den Talks About History and the Future

    A glistening white disk of raw scallop rests against a slice of lemon, with only a small grid of sear marks interrupting its slick surface. Green, saw-edged shiso leaves, so perfect they invite a touch to prove they aren't plastic, add contrast to the plate and the barest hint of cinnamon and basil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Pho De opens in former home of Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

    July seems to be a big month for change on Federal Boulevard. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, one of our favorite meat-free alternatives and winner of this year's Best Vietnamese Crepes, didn't even make it a year. This particular location on South Federal Boulevard would appear to be cursed; we also a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Reader: T-Wa helped pave the way for the proliferation of Vietnamese places in town

    It was the end of an era. After thirty years, the T-Wa Inn -- Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant -- went dark last weekend. But T-Wa's future started looking dim long ago, as other Vietnamese restaurants popped up all over town. And as owner Tom Lam told Jason Sheehan seven years ago: "It's really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Chai & Chai moving from an "ethnic kitchen" to an "experimental" one

    Restaurants, like reality TV shows, tend to follow some common scripts: steakhouses, small plates places, pizza joints, sports bars, etc. That's why it's refreshing to see a spot like Chai & Chai, the restaurant I review this week, which refuses to follow an established path. This low-key res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Review: Man could live on bread alone at Chai & Chai

    Chai & Chai 12501 East 17th Avenue, Aurora 720-588-0343 Last fall an unassuming little place named

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Izu Sushi opening on East Colfax

    Earlier this week, we reported that Mizu, a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, plans to open in November in LoHi. In addition, Nanu Nanu Noodle, a Japanese ramen-ya, part of the behemoth Pacific Ocean Marketplace project that's currently under construction in Aurora, is slated for a fall opening, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating pad Thai?

    I ordered the tom yum and the panang curry Thai hot. Big, BIG mistake. My kid, on the other hand, has more common sense than I, and just shook his head knowingly at the server when he ordered his own pad Thai, asking for a spice level of medium. He wins. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Triple header: The three newest restaurants on Federal Boulevard

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Don't be fooled: Thai Bao is pure Vietnamese

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Reader: Bento boxes remind me of elementary-school cuisine

    An "inspiration trip" to Japan last fall inspired Daniel Asher, the culinary director of Linger and Root Down, to bring back the bento box. "In Japan, the bento is a way of expressing a multi-course meal experience in a moment, and here, it's our way of wrapping all of those concepts into one idea, ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
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    February 14, 2014

    Sonoda's will leave LoDo at the end of service tomorrow

    After almost twenty years in lower downtown, longtime restaurateur Kenny Sonoda is calling it quits, and at the end of service tomorrow, the Sonoda's at 1620 Market Street will go dark. When Sonoda opened this second location of Sonoda's -- in the former home of the Manhattan Cafe, a pioneer of fine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Monsoon, a new upscale Indian restaurant, gives relief to the chain-saturated suburbs

    If you live in Denver, Monsoon, a new Indian restaurant that's way the hell out in Parker, is a trek, but its location, on the east side of Southlands shopping center, is a welcome addition to that chain-ganged suburb. And if what I ate while I was there is indicative of its future consistency, then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Twelve best Thai restaurants in Denver

    With the temperatures dropping, Thai food -- with all its fresh flavors and heat -- is sounding very appetizing. Thai Monkey Club, which Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed, is just one of the exciting new spots that's joined a line of favorite standbys. Spice junkies often quabble over the spots with the ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013
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    December 6, 2013

    Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

    Denver has a vast array of Indian restaurants, everything from small, family-owned hole-in-the-wall spots to massive establishments with expansive menus and multiple locations. And with the temperatures plummeting, a hearty, spicy -- very spicy -- Indian feast could be just the thing to turn up the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Namaste India offers a sweet (but not too sweet) end to its meals

    Dessert is rarely in the cards when my family eats at Indian restaurants. On occasion, I'll get the carrot pudding known as gajar halwa, but without something chocolatey to tempt my spouse and kids, they usually pass and I content myself with another bite of saag and cup of chai. Not so at Namaste I ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    September 19, 2013
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    September 19, 2013

    Dishes of DISH: Spicy tuna rolls from Sushi Sasa

    On Sunday, September 22, DISH will dish out food and drinks from dozens of Cafe Society's favorite restaurants and trucks, as well as Best of Denver readers' winners, in the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Sushi Sasa, our pick for Best Sushi Restaurant in the 2013 Best of Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Saigon Bowl wraps up the Vietnamese experience on Federal

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Lotus Vegetarian will take over the shuttered Vietnam Grill

    Back in May, when I stopped by Vietnam Grill for an education in Vietnamese cooking as part of my Federal Boulevard restaurant tour, I wrote that I was looking forward to "many more surprises and culinary lessons," including a bowl of rice porridge with the simple yet intriguing modifier of "pig org ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Baker's Way Vietnamese sandwiches and craft beer: a match made on Federal

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Despite a promise to reopen after a remodel, Shin Sa Dong appears to be gone for good

    When Shin Sa Ding, a splashy Korean restaurant opened just over a year ago in Aurora, general manager Patrick Choi was singing the song of success. "We've had one Korean guy who's come in every day for two weeks in a row, sometimes twice a day. They keep telling me that they have nowhere else to go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Spice is nice -- so why do so many spots in Denver turn down the heat?

    I don't know about you, but I'm a little surprised by the assumption that Americans can't take the heat. In this week's review of Mali Thai Cuisine, general manager Alex Tongbua didn't come right out and say it, but he did soft-shoe around the point by noting that "American people, some never eat Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2013
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    July 16, 2013

    Iced coffee at Mali Thai Cuisine is a bitter disappointment -- is the food better?

    Danielle LiretteFor years, much of what was sold as coffee was so light, sweet and flavored, it had little relation to the actual drink. But now the trend is moving in the other direction, with craft baristas letting the inner bean shine through, pouring strong black coffee never to be sullied with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Pho 79: How to be a cool customer

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Japon rolls up veggie sushi -- and salad, soup and more

    Japanese cuisine is centered on seafood -- but you can get plenty of ocean action without dipping into raw fish. Japon is one of many eateries around town that serves up a spread of vegetarian sushi options along with tuna and salmon and calamari, and its lunches are fast but tasty. See also: - Vol ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    At J's Noodles Star Thai, rice dishes also shine

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Little bundles of joy at Gio Cha Cali

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Golden Pho & Grill is a newcomer, but fits right in on Federal

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013
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    May 1, 2013

    Vietnam Grill serves up a surprising culinary lesson on Vietnamese cuisine

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Denver's ten best spots for pho

    Vietnamese soup is good food any time of the year, and always fun to accessorize with fresh vegetables and spicy sauces -- but on a cold day like today, a great bowl of pho is enough to bowl you over. Fortunately, in Denver our cup runneth over with pho spots. Here, in no particular order (until th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Pho and ramen: The differences will bowl you over

    In last week's fantastic ode, former Westword food critic Laura Shunk joined the chorus of raves for Uncle. If you haven't been to this tiny noodle shop in Highland, by all means try it; we named it 2013's Best New Restaurant for a reason. But on nights when you don't feel like waiting for a table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Colorado-based Tokyo Joe's is a fast-food chain that needs to slow down

    Fast-casual Japanese food like rice bowls, udon noodles and simple sushi rolls at cheap prices, served in a compact bistro environment that encourages come-as-you-are, quick-service dine-in or even faster carry-out: That's a golden dragon of a concept. But the unfortunate reality I saw while recentl ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Variety's not the spice at Pho 555 on Federal

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Pho 96 keeps it warm and simple

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

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