You will soon have a third place to grab your Jeff Osaka sushi off a conveyor belt.
The third Sushi-Rama will open in Lone Tree on August 1, according to a representative for the restaurant. Based on the popular sushi style of “kaiten,” which means “sushi-go-round” in Japanese, the dining experience allows guests to enjoy quick service while sampling different types of sushi and nigiri.
“What makes conveyor-belt sushi, or kaiten, attractive is that it’s quick, affordable and tastes good,” Osaka said.
Osaka said they named the restaurant Sushi-Rama because the menu changes once a month. Fish is flown in daily and rolled into classics like the California and Spicy Tuna. Unique rolls, such as the C.L.T, are filled with soft shell crab tempura, avocado, lettuce, tomato, black pepper and roasted garlic mayo. The Pumpkin Dragon, with Japanese pumpkin tempura, is layered with marinated kelp and topped with an avocado and honey glaze.
The Swipe Right Roll by chef Shaun Motoda, who grew up in Hawaii, features togarashi (Japanese chili powder), grilled salmon, shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber. It’s topped with crunchy shrimp chips and spicy lomi (think Hawaiian pico de gallo with diced tomatoes, onions, scallions, chili oil and salt).
“Shrimp and salmon are considered aphrodisiacs,” said Osaka, “so we thought that would be a fun conversation piece.”
There’s also Japanese cuisine, such as Spicy Rock Shrimp, with rock shrimp tempura and spicy garlic aioli, and Chicken Katsu, a fried chicken thigh with green onions, nori and Nom-Nom sauce. Japanese twists on classics like the Tokyo 75 with Beefeater gin, yuzu, and sparkling sake, round out the cocktail program.
Inside Sushi-Rama, a stainless-steel conveyor belt bisects a bright red bar, which fronts an Andy Worhol type backdrop. Designed by Denver’s Liv Studio, images of sushi clutched between chopsticks is repeated in blocks of red, blue, yellow and orange.
Osaka said he will be adding a fourth location later this year in Aurora’s Fitzsimons Apartment Homes, across from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Larimer St., Denver
4960 S Newport St., Denver
10012 Commons Street, Lone Tree (Aug. 1)
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