On my plate this week: Mizu Izakaya. Landlocked, who? What a world we live in — it doesn’t even matter that we aren’t a coastal town; we can serve up sushi like the best of them! And my favorite place to get fresh fish of late has been North Denver’s Mizu Izakaya.
The menu is expansive, offering traditional Japanese small plates — like chicken karaage, crispy gyoza, and steamed buns — as well as more than a dozen entrée options including ramen, yakitori, and other meat and seafood plates. But I don’t usually get that far, always reaching my fill somewhere in the sushi section, which features nigiri, sashimi, and signature rolls that range from classically simple to wildly creative. No matter which variation you order, you’re promised buttery, tender, melt-in-your-mouth fish accompanied by equally fresh veggies and garnishes. (Most recently, I opted for the Sweet Potato Tempura roll and the Eel Avocado roll — I highly recommend both!)
Additionally, Mizu’s beverage selection is as wide and varied as its food, offering Japanese teas, specialty lemonades, wines, beers, cocktails, and one of the largest sake collections in Denver. Plus, both the inside dining area (with its private omakase rooms!) and the expansive patio are gorgeous enough to leave you goggling.
Rating: 7/10; I always leave happy
In Other Food News:
- 🍺 Colorado breweries nabbed 27 medals at last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival 2022. See which beers won and where to find them. [Denver Post]
- 🗓️ Plan your October around these delicious upcoming food and beverage events. [DiningOut]
- 🍜 The space that formerly housed the Broadway Market food hall will soon reopen once again as a food hall, only this time the food hall will be … virtual? [Westword]
- 🥐 Earlier this week, I shared a question from reader James V., who asked where to find Dutch Letter pastries. Several of you wrote back recommending Taste of Denmark in Lakewood. Way to help out your fellow foodies, y’all 👏