Reader: If only I could afford to eat at Sushi Sasa more often!

In this week's Chef and Tell interview, Lori Midson talks with Wayne Conwell, owner/chef of Sushi Sasa, which opened in the summer of 2005 just off Platte Street, a pioneer in what would soon grow into one of the town's biggest restaurant neighborhoods. But while Sushi Sasa specializes in raw fish, it's been hot from the start.

Here's the raw truth from Ry:

Yay, about time ya'll talked to Wayne! He's quietly been one of the top 5 chefs in Denver for a while now. I remember the first time I ate at Sushi Sasa... I never found a reason to go back to Sushi Den after that because Wayne's sensibilities and preparation were so in line with my view of the ideal sushi spot, the prices were slightly better, and the fish is just as superb. Not having to wait like outside like a dog for a table is another plus that Sasa has over the Den... to hell with that beeper + no-reservations-under-6-people bullshit. Whenever anyone asks for a sushi recommendation, I normally just say 'Sasa' and stop talking.

I wish I still had a job that paid me enough to enjoy Sasa's delicious food on the regular, but it'll still be my stop for special occasions when I really want to enjoy myself.

Watch for the second part of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Wayne Conwell here later today.

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