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omakase at Sushi Sasa, Denver

tatamagouche | Aug 12, 2007 09:02 AM

Fresh from insanely expensive Boston, I gotta say that $60 p.p. for, as I recall, 7 or 8 tastings seems like a sweet deal to me. I was expecting about 4.

Beyond that, my overall impression was one of surprise at the quality of the cooked vs. the raw dishes. While everything that came from the sushi bar was certainly admirable, the stars of the evening all came from the kitchen, including: creamy-crunchy risotto-stuffed squash-blossom tempura; grilled black cod whose texture was reminiscent of foie gras, it was so buttery (and complemented by warm, beautifully pickled root veggies and two sauces--one miso-, the other citrus-based); and, most surprising of all, a flawless dessert duet of lemon cheesecake and walnut-mascarpone semifreddo, both with a depth/complexity of flavor sweets (IMO) so rarely deliver.

Still, I look forward to returning with a challenge to the sushi chefs to impress me as thoroughly as their colleagues at the stove have. Do fans of the place have particular suggestions? Thanks much!

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