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Happy hour at Yu Sushi Izagaya

ricodanles | Aug 18, 200907:12 PM

With new austerity, we have been doing some happy hours around time (will post longer report when we have more places on which to comment).

But I did want to make special note of Yu, a newish Japanese place on Colorado (with moderate effort, couldn't locate website. Bummer). Very large cluster of happy hour sushi places, each with different gimmicks to pull in early crowd. Yu Sushi stands out among this bunch.

Gimmick here is: half-price appetizers, $3 draft beers, $6 house rolls, $9 premium rolls, $9 for two Robata items. It appears that they have knocked down the prices $1 since sending out flyer. This is not an incredible deal, to be sure, given that their regular prices are a tad high ($15 for a premium roll in hill country is, well, a tad steep). But I still gotta say that the overall pricing is decent, esp w/r/t appetizers.

More to the point, the quality of the food is high. Nigiri: high quality; good selection; a cut above downtown sushi joints. Recommend the Escolar especially. Appetizers: terrific (esp a creative, tasty tuna salad). Premium rolls (the highlight is a "Nemo" roll; others look excellent as well): top notch. The only negative is that the happy hour "house" rolls, at six bucks, don't include any rolls with fresh fish. Stuck with the beer, but the sake cocktail menu looks adventurous and well-priced.

Service is A+ (granted, there was hardly a crowd). Decor is typical sleek supper club feel, which is, inexplicably, the decor o' choice in WH district restaurants, Japanese and otherwise. But there was a nice vibe in the sunny bar area; and the sushi chefs looked serious about their craft.

Check it out!

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