I am a big fan of Asian cuisine and Denver is home to some of the best Eastern flavors and fusion plates. Depending on what your go-to pick is–Thai, Chinese, Japanese or a fusion–there is surely something you will love at these area picks below. Read on for my recommendations of the best Asian restaurants in Denver.
ChoLon is an Asian bistro in the heart of LoDo. Its menu is unique, offering Chinese-style flavors and many unexpected textures and combos. There are small plates and then larger plates on the dinner menu. A few of the must-try signature plates are the [onion soup] Soup Dumplings, Pork Belly Buns, Rib-Eye Skewers, Char-Grilled Chicken and Stir-fried Malaysian Noodles. There are also fish and shellfish options if you don’t eat or like meat.
The first of what would be many restaurants by Troy Guard, Tag is offers delicious, unique contemporary food with Asian influence. Some of the must-try bites here are the caramelized butterfish, grilled Korean short ribs and the miso black cod. The miso black cod is actually the same cut of fish as the butterfish, but a dinner-sized portion. Tag frequently offers specialty nights with wine/spirit and food pairings, so be sure to like their Facebook page and you’ll be in the know.
Another one of my favorites spots, this ramen house is perfect for a cold night! They have different types of noodle bowls and ramen bowls. They also offer a couple of rice bowls, sashimi and steamed buns. My go-to dishes here are the spicy chicken ramen and bibimbap rice bowl. Get there early to put your name on the waiting list and then grab a beer or two at a neighboring bar. Expect to wait 45 mins to 2 hours (on the weekend).
I’ve mentioned this quaint sushi bar in Riverfront Park before, but it’s worth mentioning again as a top Asian restaurant in Denver. My favorite roll is the caterpillar roll with strawberry added to the top. Their bento boxes are also an amazing combo of flavors if you’re dining with someone who isn’t a big fan of sushi.