Westword – Twenty Something for Twenty-Somethings: Fishing For A Deal At Sushi Den

With so many great restaurants to choose from, cash-strapped Denver newcomers — challenged with rising rents and skinny paychecks — are finding it hard to have a fun night out without blowing the bank. Twenty- Something for Twenty-somethings will help you find hot destinations where you can enjoy cutting-edge cuisine in a stylish setting — all within a  twenty-something budget ($29 or less per person). And you don’t need to be under thirty to take these recommendations; just be ready for a great eating adventure.

Brothers Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, owners of Sushi Den, serve some of the best sushi in Denver by strategically overcoming the struggles of being a sushi restaurant in a landlocked state. Each day, their other brother, Koichi, on the ground in Japan, heads to the Nagahama Fish Market and picks out the freshest fish of the day, which is then cold-packed and shipped to Denver that day, where we get to enjoy it on our plates the next. This is what makes Sushi Den so great: the quality of the fresh fish as well as the vibrant ambience.

 Sushi Den can be expensive because of that quality, but there is a way to dine on a budget here; happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. is the prime time to get in without a reservation and have a treat- yourself moment. The crazy hustle and bustle common at 8 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday night has not arrived yet at 4 p.m. on a weekday, and a calmness fills the air. The restaurant has different sections where you can dine, and a sushi bar where you can sit and watch the chefs work their magic on the fish.

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