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2401 15th St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.756750 -105.009080
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Neighborhoods: Highland, Northwest Denver
Unimpressed! – Not bad, but my Salmon Sushimi was half frozen and crunchy. I was even told "maybe you should let it sit there to thaw out some before you eat it". I would have been there another hour. There are plenty of better and cheaper sushi places in Denver.
Great food – Fresh fish, good atmosphere. Good service, but they do waste a lot of plastic and paper towels in there.
Chefs a great.
great food – best sushi resturant in colorado. fish is always fresh. why would someone care about plastic waste when the resturant serves faquga and toro. if you eat sushi and force fed bloated goose livers you are contributing more to the destruction of the planet than some plastic wrap. I think never decomposes is a bit overly dramatic. I just bought a 20 pack of heafty freezer bags to thow in a land fill in honor of sasa's excellent food. chew on that.
Good sushi isn't worth the terrible service – First off, I would just like to say that I was a server for 7 years. Because of this, I usually go easy on servers and I always know what's their fault and what's not. I've never left below a 20% tip, in fact I usually leave around 30%, so the fact that I'm writing a review (my 1st review ever) on the terrible service means that it was absolutely awful.
My boyfriend and I were very excited to try Sushi Sasa. We love Sushi Den and heard this place was comparable so we made reservations for Saturday night. The decor immediately impressed me when we first walked in the door. It was minimal, modern, and very light. However, we were escorted to the basement where it's a bit darker and more intimate. Had I known there was gong to be 12 middle-aged women screaming for a bachelorette party down there, I would've asked to be seated upstairs.
We had ate a very light lunch that day because we knew we were going to get our fill of sushi. That was a mistake! Had I known it would take our server 20 minutes to even acknowledge us, I would've definitely had a snack before I came. I understand that servers can be busy, but he never even stopped by or acknowledged us to say he would be right with us. He just showed up at our table 20 minutes later, with a very rushed "Hi how are you? Thanks for waiting. Can I get you something to drink?" At that point, we had already looked over the entire menu and decided what we wanted so we went ahead and told him we wanted to order. He took the order and rushed off. I didn't even get his name because he never told us his name.
Our appetizer took awhile to come out, but it was worth the wait. I can't remember the exact name but it was some sort of Dynamite dish with tempura-style shrimp and asparagus in a a wonderful creamy sauce. Yum! The server never stopped by to check on us when we were eating the appetizer. But at this point, I expected he wouldn't.
We ordered an assortment of rolls and sushi for our main course. We ordered the Fire Fry roll, the Diablo roll, and the Caterpillar roll. They were all amazing!! Especially the Caterpillar roll. My boyfriend and I love eel and I will say that this particular roll was one of the best eel rolls I have ever had. We also got pieces of sushi: Maguro (tuna), Unagi (freshwater eel), and Kani (crab). All very good as well. However, the tuna was very spicy. Definitely had a lot of wasabi, which was not specified on the sushi list so we were a little taken aback. Not a big deal for my boyfriend since he loves spicy food, but kind of a dealbreaker for me as I don't particularly enjoy super spicy food. As you can tell, we ordered quite a bit of food, so you can imagine that it took us quite a long time to eat. Our server never stopped by ONCE. However, the second we had taken our last bite sure enough, there he was at our table with the check. How convenient! That was the absolute only time he had paid any attention to us. And he didn't even run our card, the busboy did.
I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed I was. Had we been shown respect and given good service, I would have easily given this place 4-5 stars. It was so bad that not only will I never go back, but I will make it known to all of my friends and family not to waste their time or money here. I know lots of other good places that would be appreciate our business and we will go elsewhere from now on!
Great Sushi - but very wasteful – Very good sushi and soups, however I was disappointed to know that I was contributing to the mass amount of waste that was going on inside the restaurant- each sushi roll was wrapped in plastic wrap, sliced, then the plastic was immediately thrown away [plastic never decomposes- it will just sit in a landfill]. Many other disposable products were used that were not necessary. Sushi Sasa would be well advised to be more green otherwise mass amounts of people who are green- minded will boycott the restaurant- I'm one of them.
Great but not Green – The sushi was delightful and the service was lovely but such a successful business should be putting more energy and money into being green. There were disposable hand towels wrapped in plastic, disposable wooden chop sticks and lots of plastic used behind the counter. Although the food was fine, I'd choose another more sustainably oriented sushi restaurant over Sasa, until they decide to become more environmentally responsible.
Puts sushi den to bed – Let the Chef's do their magic. Omakase is the only way to go, although their rolls aren't too shabby either.
Some favs: Blue Fin, King Crab, Monkfish Liver, and the melt in your mouth Scallop....along with anything else these guys pull out of their hats.
Not sure how I feel about the impending expansion. I like the fact it is small intimate and it keeps the chefs focused. But, then again, I am open to it.
Drinks, I always stick with the sake (cold not hot), so while I can say I think they have a solid sake menu I can't touch on the cocktails.
Bottom line, if you love sushi (even if you are from a "big" city, this is the place for you). It's fresh and just damn good.
Awful – Truly disappointing. Having tried numerous sushi spots in Denver, Sushi Sasa was on our list to try. We had heard mixed reviews but of course wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt and try them out for ourselves. To start with, even having made a reservation, we arrived about 10 minutes before our reserved time. There were multiple two tops and four tops open but we were asked if we wanted to sit at the sushi bar because no tables were available. We declined. On a side note, friends of ours that had made reservations for Valentines Day were called TWICE to ask if they wanted to move from their table to the sushi bar. I can only assume that the mgmt is trying to maximize their table space. I would think saying no once would be more than enough...Regardless, we were directed to the stall that they call a bar in the basement. We were told we could order a bottle of wine there which we did. Just as the glasses were poured we were told our table was ready. We were then told that they couldn't transfer our tab to the table. Good grief. The hostess offers to take our wine to the table for us so we cash out at the bar. When we turn around, the hostess is gone so we schlep our own bottle back upstairs to one of the exact tables we had seen open when we arrived. Ok, we agree to put all of that confusion behind us and try to enjoy our dinner. We order a calamari app. It arrives and is super chewy and substandard but sometimes you win sometimes you lose. I chalked it up to ordering the wrong item. We then select one roll and a variety of nigiri. It arrives dried out and tastes awful. The rice has too much vinegar which throws off the flavor of all the sushi. The only soy sauce available is incredibly salty which only confuses the flavors. Light soy was not even an available option. So we work through a below average meal which I know can happen from time to time and I chalk it up to experience. We were disappointed when we left but the real zinger came when both myslef and my partner spend the next three days sick to our stomachs and all the joy that brings. I always hesitate to throw the 'food poisoning' card but something just wasn't right with the meal and for that matter the entire experience. Sorry Sushi Sasa but I can't even give you one star for the effort. I'll stick with Sushi Hai, Izakaya Den, Sushi Den and even the sushi plate at Tokyo Joes. They all offer far superior fare.
Fantastic Upscale Sushi – The sushi was very fresh and the combinations were very unique. definitely one of the bext sushi places in Denver!
Sushi Sasa Ankimo – Sushi Sasa's Ankimo was recently listed as a top 100 must eat in Denver, so I ordered it and reviewed it:
Foie Gras is not exactly the most popular of all delicacy dishes, and probably even less so when named “steamed monkfish liver” – so I wouldn’t expect massive appeal, but it was very nice. Three rich, creamy and flavorful medallions that melt in your mouth. The other components on the plate suited it perfectly I thought, balancing each bite. Was it amazing? No - but I’m not obsessively into foie gras like others may be. Still very good.
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