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A disproportionate amount of my favorite dishes in the world are Japanese. As a newly minted Colorado resident, I have spent a good part of first few months here exploring the Japanese cuisine landscape. Unfortunately, I have been largely disappointed and would classify the Japanese food in Colorado including sushi to be quite mediocre. Amu in Boulder is a solid place but that’s about all I have found thus far.
In discussing my recent trip to Osaka with a fellow Osaka cuisine-addict, I received a tip that there was an Osaka man who started a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Japanese restaurant in the back of a small grocery store and the food is authentic as it comes.
I took up his advice and headed to Niwot, a small city North of Boulder. The tipster told me to walk into the Niwot Market, the city’s local grocery store and head straight to the back past a Boar’s Head sandwich stand and self serve soup stand.
After a bit of wandering I saw a box of Pocky and knew we were in the right place.
My first criteria to determine if I am getting authentic Japanese food is whether I receive a healthy number of “Arigatou gozaimasu”s. (If you’ve been to Japan you know what I am talking about.) Chef Tsukasa showered us with the familiar phrase so we immediately knew we were on to something.
After pulling up a seat at the small bar, we perused the menu and ordered a couple sushi rolls as appetizers.
The meticulous work of the younger man creating our rolls was impressive. The high quality cuts of fish were proudly on display. Without question this was the best sushi I have had in Colorado. We loved our sushi but we were far more interested in the quality and authenticity of the Japanese entrées, the Japanese food that really excites our palates.
We went simple and ordered an Udon bowl and Donbori (Japanese rice bowl). One bite and that amazing feeling of dining in Osaka came rushing back to us. This is the real deal.
This food is absolutely phenomenal and as authentic as you will find in landlocked Colorado. Our two rolls and two bowls with green tea came to 30 USD with tip.
Sachi Sushi is the name of the ‘restaurant’ and you can find the menu here. I’m sure it goes without saying, but come here for the food….not the ambiance.
We were there on a quiet Thursday evening but after becoming enamored with the food, we found that a small set of people in the know come here on Sundays when Chef Tsukasa serves a Sunday only Ramen dish that has my mouth watering already.
Chef Tsukasa is an incredibly friendly man and made us feel so welcome in his small restaurant. The food is amazing and surely not what you’d expect in the back of a small grocery store in a small town in Colorado.
The bottom line
The next time you travel to Colorado, don’t come here! The cuisine is too good, too reasonably priced and I love not having to wait in line.