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South of Denver: Indian & other restaurants recs in Aurora, Lakewood, Centennial, Englewood and thereabouts, please

Masaala is the other South Indian restaurant in the area.

Nov 26, 2013
eade in Mountain States

Dinner options in Denver

If you would like to go to a place that has both good food and an excellent variety of beer from Colorado breweries, I second Euclid Hall.

The Kitchen has quite the beer list, but not that many from Colorado. However, it may be your second choice restaurant based on your criteria.

Oct 21, 2013
eade in Mountain States

Szechuan in the Boulder area?

Update to one more source of authentic Sichuan: He Xing Gardens in Lakewood has a few authentic Sichuan dishes.

It's hit and miss -- the ma po tofu is an Americanized miss. The fish stew is a hit.

Dec 27, 2012
eade in Mountain States

Szechuan in the Boulder area?

South Federal Ave. in Denver is a haven of Chinese and Vietnamese places, but there is no authentic Sichuan.

Lao Wang Noodle House is Taiwanese; the cuisine is completely different from Sichuanese.

The only place I've ever had authentic Sichuan in Denver are China Jade and Ocean Forest Cafe (which is closed). China Jade has a couple solid Sichuan dishes on their menu, but not enough to made the drive worth it except very infrequently.

May 08, 2012
eade in Mountain States

Denver Foodie Trip!

Domo is superb.

Lao Wang is Taiwanese.

Two dongbei places are He Xing Garden and East Asia Garden.

A couple decent Sichuan dishes can be found at China Jade in Aurora.

South Indian at Masalaa.

Denver food at Biker Jim's.

Apr 18, 2012
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Beijing/ Northern Chinese food in Denver?

OFC used spaghetti for its Sichuan cold noodle dish. It did leave one desiring more authentic noodles. It was a splendid dish though, we kept ordering it despite the spaghetti.

Btw, it appears OFC is closed for good.

Apr 26, 2011
eade in Mountain States

Banh Mi in Denver

52 posts on banh mi--
http://www.yelp.com/message_board_sea...

Despite the proliferation of banh mi in Denver, I cannot find any decent vegetarian versions. Any leads would be welcome.

Apr 17, 2011
eade in Mountain States

Fresh pork belly in Denver metro?

I've found pork belly in two places:

1. http://inseasonlocalmarket.com/ (You have to call and order it ahead

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2. http://www.highplainsfood.org/ (You have to be a member and they are presently out of pork belly)

Apr 09, 2011
eade in Mountain States

Long Weekend in Denver & Boulder

P.S. This looks interesting -- Denver Microbrew Tour
http://www.yelp.com/biz/denver-microb...

Mar 29, 2011
eade in Mountain States

Long Weekend in Denver & Boulder

Second the Great Divide rec. We are truly fortunate to be swimming in so much excellent Colorado beer, but Great Divide's beer is superlative. In particular, possibly my favorite beer on the planet is Great Divide Samurai http://www.greatdivide.com/thebeers/s...
The brewery bar is no frillls, no food, beer on tap.

Falling Rock Tap House is within walking distance of Great DIvide. It has food. Not great food. The long list of beer on tap is great. . . but they do not have all varieties of Great Divide on tap. You could get a beer at Great Divide and then walk to Falling Rock Tap House for food and more beer.

Wynkoop is also in the same neighborhood, Lodo (as is Coors Field). It is rightly popular, and was a vanguard of the "Lodo" neighborhood and Denver brewpubs in general, but IMHO not a must.

My favorite Denver food experience is Japanese food at Domo in their garden, which is now open, weather permitting.

Mar 29, 2011
eade in Mountain States

Most Mouth Watering Scenes in Film

Tampopo?

Mar 21, 2011
eade in Food Media & News

Looking for good authentic Polish food??

Thank you.

Mar 18, 2011
eade in Mountain States

Beijing/ Northern Chinese food in Denver?

There are at least two restaurants in Denver that have chefs from Northern China.

1. Ocean Forest Cafe: The chef is from Beijing. Before he introduced his "Chinese" menu, those in-the-know would call him a few days ahead of time and order special dishes. Currently he has Beijing lamb hot pot, Beijing noodle and Beijing dumplings on the menu. You could try to call him or visit the restaurant and ask if you give him advance notice, would he make these three particular dishes for you. http://www.oceanforestcafe.com/8.html

2. China Jade: The chef is from Tianjin. He has Tianjin and Sichuan dishes on his menu. I don't recall whether these three dishes in particular are on the menu. You could try to call him as well. I don't see a menu online, but you can find some of the Tianjin dishes mentioned here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/china-jade-au...

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China Jade
12203 E Iliff Ave Ste D, Aurora, CO 80014

Feb 16, 2011
eade in Mountain States

New Sichuan + Hot Pot Place in Denver (Ocean Forest Cafe)

Maybe the student only works on weekends. The hostess in front speaks English well; you could ask her for the Sichuan menu.

If you are stuck with the incomprehending waitress and you want cold noodles, print these characters out and take them with you: 四川凉面
Or say "sichuan liang mian".

The characters for Sichuan spicy mapo tofu are (they can make it vegetarian, but you have to ask): 麻婆豆腐
Sichuan fish soup: 四川鱼肚
dou miao (pea shoots) (ask to have it made with garlic): 豆苗
Sichuan cold noodles: 四川凉面
hot pot: 火锅

Dec 09, 2010
eade in Mountain States

New Sichuan + Hot Pot Place in Denver (Ocean Forest Cafe)

Oh that's too bad about the waitress. There is usually a student working there who is fluent in English. I'm glad you found a table that had the good food, whatever it was!

Dec 08, 2010
eade in Mountain States

New Sichuan + Hot Pot Place in Denver (Ocean Forest Cafe)

The husband and wife are there everyday and their son also pitches in. The husband is the chef; he attended culinary school in Beijing. Most chefs of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. have no culinary school training. The type of Sichuan food served at Ocean Forest Cafe is hard to find even in places like NYC. I hope it succeeds in Lakewood.

Nov 30, 2010
eade in Mountain States

New Sichuan + Hot Pot Place in Denver (Ocean Forest Cafe)

Just in case it got buried in the last post. . .

One more authentic Sichuan place has sprung up in Denver:

Ocean Forest Cafe on the corner of Kipling and Jewell in Lakewood.

Ocean Forest Cafe is not new, but their Sichuan menu is new. There are also some Shanghai and other style dishes on the menu too, and four types of hot pot. (To my knowledge, until now, the only other kinds of hot pots obtainable in Denver were Cantonese or Fujianese.)

Ask for the Chinese menu. Now it is only written in Chinese, but I've listed some dishes below in English and also they will help you there with other dishes. If you get an English menu with the usual Chinese-American and Thai dishes on it, that is the wrong menu.

For those of us on the west side of town, we no longer have to schlep to China Jade. Also, it could be that Ocean Forest Cafe beats China Jade.

Recommedations:
Sichuan Spicy Cold Noodles
Sichuan Spicy Fish and Vegetable Stew
Sichuan Spicy Fish Soup with Pickled Vegetables
Pea Shoots and Garlic
Water Spinach and Garlic
. . . and four different kinds of hot pot which we have not tried yet, but it looked good on the tables of others we've seen order it

Nov 28, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Authentic Sichuan in Denver?

One more authentic Sichuan place has sprung up in Denver:

Ocean Forest Cafe on the corner of Kipling and Jewell in Lakewood.

Ask for the Chinese menu. Now it is only written in Chinese, but I've listed some dishes below in English and also they will help you there with other dishes.

For those of us on the west side of town, we no longer have to schlep to China Jade. Also, I think Ocean Forest Cafe beats China Jade.

Recommedations:
Sichuan Spicy Cold Noodles
Sichuan Spicy Fish and Vegetable Stew
Sichuan Spicy Fish Soup with Pickled Vegetables
Pea Shoots and Garlic
Water Spinach and Garlic
. . . and four different kinds of hot pot which we have not tried yet, but it looked good on the tables of others we've seen order it

Nov 28, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Best Hard Cider? [moved from Spirits board]

We've gotten hard cider by leaving unpasteurized cider in the refrigerator for "too long". But it turned out to be not too long because our hard cider tasted as good as other professionally prepared hard cider we've had.

Nov 23, 2010
eade in Beer

Recent Denver trip

Domo is indeed standard Japanese.

Soy bottles on tables is not standard Japanese.

The chef takes some liberty with some of the dishes, so you may not be able to find some of the dishes prepared exactly the same in Japan, but it is a function of an advanced chef improvising on the standards. You are not going to find much more standard Japanese in Denver than Domo.

Nov 22, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Pig Cheeks - where to buy in Denver/Westminster?

1. In Season Local Market indicated they can get any part of a pig you want. Email is best to contact them, because if you call you might talk to a part time person who does not know everything.

http://www.inseasonlocalmarket.com/

2. If you are a member of certain food coops or CSAs, you can ask the farmers directly for anything, but they will not be available until the next slaughter

For example:
http://www.highplainsfood.org/

Nov 22, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Critique my Denver list on food caliber and child-friendliness, please

Oh noooo. It was the only authentic shabu shabu in the Denver area.

I wonder why it was not popular. The main problem with Shabu Shabu, at least from our perspective, is that it did not have tables that you could sit around the pot and easily share the meal with your meal mates. A main point of shabu shabu is the communal nature of the meal. Shabu Shabu made that very difficult if you were there with more than three people.

Oct 11, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Critique my Denver list on food caliber and child-friendliness, please

Oh I did not mean to point out that my kid eats everything. Let me say this: some restaurants might stimulate's your toddler's interest in different foods.

For example, Kobe An is a decent, but not stellar, Japanese restaurant in Lakewood. Our toddler loves it because he can see the sushi chef making sushi. He pretends to make sushi and give it to us. And since he is so enthralled the sushi making process, he then eats it too (only salmon, because of mercury worries with the larger fish).

Similarly, J'Shabu, is an excellent shabu shabu place in Aurora. (It is the only shabu shabu place in Denver, and it is authentic.). It is quite interesting for toddlers and older kids because you make the food yourself right in front of you. The kids can help "cook". Same with the Korean BBQ places.

We went to Sushi Den once and found it a bit upscale for toddlers, although other families do not hesitate to take their young ones there.

Oct 08, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Critique my Denver list on food caliber and child-friendliness, please

Our toddler likes:

JAPANESE
J'Shabu
Domo
Kikis

CHINESE
dim sum like Super Star Asian
fun interiors like Ocean Forest Cafe

DINERS
Gunther Toodys

KOREAN
Han Kang in the patio

. . . and picnics outside.

Actually the only places we have had a problem are (1) Indian restaurants and China Jade Sichuan because many of the dishes are too spicy, (2) Pho restaurants because the long noodles are hard for him to manage, and (3) Budapest Bistro because it was too quiet a restaurant to have a toddler making funny noises -- we escaped to Pajama Baking a few doors down.

Oct 01, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Are there Decent Soup Dumplings (XLB) in Denver/Boulder?

Stick to the Sichuan and Tianjin dishes.

For example, I order the mapodoufu (spicy tofu) before they even bring the menus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapo_doufu (It has pork in it; you can ask for vegetarian if you prefer.)

Apr 01, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Are there Decent Soup Dumplings (XLB) in Denver/Boulder?

Sorry, to clarify --

1. There is NO authentic Shanghainese in Denver. (At least we have not found any; any leads are welcome.)

2. There IS authentic Sichuan in Denver. (China Jade)

We love China Jade. Perhaps it has unfairly raised the standard for all Chinese in Denver -- if it weren't for China Jade I would not expect authentic anything in Denver -- except for Taiwanese, Cantonese and Fujianese. But there in a strip mall in Aurora is a truly authentic Sichuan place. As a result, now I maybe have gotten a bit picky and wonder, Denver can do real Sichuan, why can it not do authentic Shanghai?

Mar 07, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Are there Decent Soup Dumplings (XLB) in Denver/Boulder?

That is an interesting thread. However, I still do not think it is unreasonable to hope that in a city of Denver's population, there would be one chef who really knows how to do Shanghainese cuisine.

It is true about the Taiwan diaspora and all, but the XLB and other Shanghai dishes often end up being like Taiwanese-Shanghainese fusion food when cooked by Taiwanese. Lao Wang and Chopsticks are two examples. The Shanghai dishes they cook are not pure Shanghai; they have their region's influence on it.

Especially since Denver has an authentic Sichuan restaurant, I don't think it is unreasonable to hope that someplace could do real Shanghai food.

Fwiw, the chef at the authentic Sichuan place (China Jade) is not from Sichuan (he is from Tianjin), but he learned how to cook authentic Sichuan food so well it could fool a Sichuan native. It is not unreasonable to hope that someone could similarly cook authentic Shanghainese cuisine in Denver. Maybe someday soon~

Mar 07, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Are there Decent Soup Dumplings (XLB) in Denver/Boulder?

We have not found any decent Shanghainese food in Denver, period.

Lao Wang Noodle House, for example, is Taiwanese. That is a big clue that they would not know how to make authentic XLB.

Chopsticks had a sign on the outside of their old location indicating they served Shanghinese food, but they too turned out to be Taiwanese. We have not been and have no plans to go to the new location.

This is not to say that you have to be from Shanghai to make decent XLB; however, we would not get our hopes up for any non-Shanghainese place that attempts them.

Mar 06, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Udon in Denver?

Just had the udon at Domo for lunch recently. Oshikatta desu. It would be quite hard to beat (I have never been to Oshima Ramen). Other places have udon too, it is not that difficult of a dish to do, unless you take it to a higher level like Domo. For example, Yoko's at 1255 19th St in Sakura Square has a decent version too.

Jan 12, 2010
eade in Mountain States

Please review my Denver shortlist

Your list looks good. Just a warning, without a car, avoid Chinese and certian other types of Asian cuisines.

If you like German food, Cafe Berlin on 323 14th Street is a good lunch deal.

And if you happpen to be in that neighborhood, Sante Fe Cookie Company at 303 16th Street is where to drop in for apres-lunch cookies.

I think you should take the question mark off the Biker Jim's -- it is worth a stop, and say yes to the cream cheese and onions on the dogs.

For your future reference, several of the top East and South Asian restaurants are located south of downtown Denver, beyond walking distance, in Aurora. For example:

Chinese:
Denver is mostly boring Cantonese and take out Fujianese and some Taiwanese. The only true gem that we have found is a wonderfully authentic Sichuan restaurant called China Jade located on 12203 E Iliff Ave.

Japanese:
Second to Domo (for lunch -- rlm is correct) is J'Shabu on 2680 S Havana St. It is the only shabu shabu place in town, and the portions for the price are much more generous than the places we frequented when we lived in NYC, where we did not go to shabu shabu because it was too expensive for skimpy potions. J'Shabu is a happy surprise.

South Indian:
The only South Indian place in the Denver area is Masalaa on 3140 S Parker Rd. S Indian is hard to find even in major metropolitan areas, so if you haven't found a good place in the Bay Area, Masalaa is decent. Not 100% equivalent to what you would have in S India, I have not found one place in the US that is 100% equivalent, and I've searched all 5 NYC boroughs and farther afield.

Korean:
The decent Korean places, plus the Korean Havana Spa to visit before your meal, are down south too.

Jan 12, 2010
eade in Mountain States