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Logan Williams & Dalton Larrinaga
Does this overcast weather have you feeling blue? Does it make you want to go on an adventure to find some ray of light in the city of “300 days of sunshine?” Well it sure made us want to. That’s freaking right; the daedal duo is at it again! Fresh out of midterms and a little burnt out on this whole “school” thing, we decided to venture back downtown in order to revitalize our crushed souls.
Where did this intrepid duo wander you might ask? What could possibly be this good to cure the post midterm blues? Well you might have guessed it by now…it has to do with fresh fish, a spot of rice and other tasty ingredients, and a particular primary color all rolled up and served with style and class. That’s right, we went to Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a heavenly space known for a plethora of sake and delectable sushi rolls.
Located just off of Wazee Street on the amazing 16th Street Mall this place is anything but “blue.” Approaching the storefront our attention was captured by a large metal octopus connecting the building to their marquee. As if that wasn’t enough of an inclination to how cool this place is, the interior of the restaurant/bar was as sleek as James Bond’s Rolls Royce. Decked out with pop art, upbeat music, and an aquarium. That’s right an aquarium! This isn’t your average fish tank ladies and gentlemen…this aquarium is decently sized and raised to the ceiling, establishing a unique separation between the lounge and dining sides of the restaurant. We were sat on the dining side, which resides under a massive glass lighting structure that zigzags across the entire ceiling, creating the illusion that we were seated underwater. With an open floor plan and floor to ceiling windows, there wasn’t a seat in the house without a view of downtown Denver’s ever so intriguing 16th Street and the eclectic collection of people walking about it.
While that is all good and dandy, let’s get down to the bare bones of this place: the sushi. This is by far one of the best places in Denver, offering a variety of rolls ranging from deep fried sweet rolls, delectable pieces of sashimi, to even some hot plate specials such as the river rock steak. The variety and presentation is stunning. They turn a simple plate of fish and rice into a work of art that even Monet couldn’t have caught with his brush strokes, mainly because he would have devoured the food before he could try to. Just to give you an idea of the presentation, the river rock steak is one of their more flashy dishes. Raw cuts of steak are served on a plate with scorching hot river rocks, which you place your steak on in order to cook it. It is quite the impressive plate and it adds a twist of excitement to your meal.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well just wait until you hear the real kicker! As we all know school is expensive. We go to DU for heaven’s sake. You have to pay for this, that, and the other thing from tuition to books to rent; the list goes on. It’s rather scary, kind of like the clown from IT. However, Blue Sushi has you covered, almost as clutch as Logan’s new hair cut. They offer a happy hour menu all seven days of the week. During these hours you can find specialty rolls for roughly a third of the price of the average roll. No wonder they call it happy hour because we’re elated! This amazing deal makes an expensive meal less than the average night to the Border. When you look at it that way, it seems like a much better investment.
Blue is definitely one of those places that once you encounter it you ask yourself, “Where has this place been all my life?” Well the answer is downtown Denver, so jump on the light rail, ride your bike, take an Uber, hop on your pogo stick, whatever it takes to get you there to try it out. Cheers to one unforgettable dining experience and hopes to see you all there!
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