(The Dustin Version)
Disclaimer: The following blog post has been severely tainted by copious amounts of Fatty Tuna.
I would like to begin by saying that I in no way consider myself to be a sushi expert, I have maybe eaten at thirty or so different sushi restaurants and rolled it myself for a couple of years, but I am far from an expert. Since we’ve gotten that out of the way, Sushi Oukura serves by far and without a single doubt the best sushi I have ever had the pleasure of cramming into my mouth. The restaurant is located in Golden, just north of Colfax about a mile west of Colorado Mills Mall. The building itself is an older and once much smaller establishment that has seen many additions and renovations. The place probably seats about a hundred, give or take a couple patrons. The interior is modestly decorated and feels quite a bit like home.
Sushi Oukura is owned and operated by a husband and wife, and all of the necessary employees to keep a busy restaurant going. The staff is extremely nice, especially the top dog and owner Ogi. Ogi is a small statured Japanese man who also happens to be frighteningly outgoing and hospitable. The first time I visited the place, this guy was at the table talking to me and insisting that I follow him to the soon to be back patio so he can describe the ongoing remodel within five minutes. He literally grabbed me by the hand and anxiously walked me outside to show me where the future garden and waterfall would be, and how there was to be an indoor river and pond to go in the new dining area. Okay, so the people are great!
Now the real question is to be answered, how is the fish? The fish is freaking perfect! Every single time the product going into every roll is without flaw. The fish tastes only like the freshest ocean imaginable. The vegetables are crisp, perfectly ripe and full of flavor. Ordering a piece of nigiri, which is a small ball of rice topped with light wasabi and then fresh fish of your choosing, means taking a good minute to thoroughly appreciate how fish can really taste when it’s right. The rolls are very creative and every ingredient in each roll is perfectly paired with the rest. I don’t know how this guys gets this quality of fresh fish, but it is perfect. The chefs are fast, I mean full restaurant and food is at your table like right now.
Were you just thinking of some sushi? Don’t fret, just go check the front door and it’s probably sitting there, that’s how fast they are.
Simply put, if you live in Colorado go to Sushi Oukura. Look em up and get there.
When you do order the Toro Nigiri. Toro is Fatty Tuna and it is a delicacy. This fish will literally melt in your mouth like butter, and tastes like it too! It only says Market Price on the menu so I don’t know how much it costs, but put it this way I’ve payed ten bucks for one bite of Toro at other places and it isn’t half as good. Get the fatty tuna!
I would like to close with a little story of my visit last night to Sushi Oukura, keeping in mind that Toro is by far my favorite thing to eat and I would pay really whatever someone asked for a piece. Okay last night Leah and I walked into a packed restaurant at about 8:30. We were seated at the Sushi Bar immediately, no wait. We opted for the all you can eat menu, which is a steal for twenty two bucks, and placed our order. The order went something like Tuna Nigiri, Octopus Nigiri, Red Snapper Nigiri, Spicy Tuna roll, a Salmon roll of some sort and a special roll with crab, jalapenos and cream cheese on the inside, topped with fresh tuna and some sauce. This is a delicious plate of food any night of the week trust me, but last night was special.
After we hand the chef our order and he hands us back a pile of chunks of Toro as a complimentary appetizer, which we graciously accepted. I was so stoked! We ordered all yellow fin tuna, which is still great, but withheld from the Toro because of the price. But, nope, Ogi gives us Toro! So we eat our fish pile and love very bite, the whole time Ogi is explaining to us that this is the best fish in the world and we are just nodding in pleasure and agreement.Then the food comes and I see that the Nigiri is Toro not yellow tail, and also that the roll is topped with Toro not yellow tail; at that point I started laughing. I was so happy, but why all the uber expensive fish? Well Ogi tells us that he ran out of all other tuna because it was so busy and this was all he had to offer for his guest. HAH! The only night this place runs out of anything and it’s tuna! We walked in just at the right time for them to serve me gold on a plate until I burst. Again we ordered all you can eat so I proceeded to ask for more tuna nigiri, Ogi continued to deliver the butter fish and everybody lived happily ever after!
Go to Sushi Oukura.