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Nov 19, 2010 12:49 PM

Recent Denver trip

Spent 4 nights in Denver recently and wanted to report on my overall very successful dining experiences. Best was Fruition. Great neighborhood place, friendly staff and excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere. Next night was a Root Down, which has a lively, buzzy atmosphere, also very friendly staff and good, though not excellent, food. A fun night out, though. Then went to El Diablo, a divey Mexican place which was great. Killer margarita's, authentic food and pleasant staff. Not fine dining by any means, but worth the trip. Finally, went to Ossetia Marco on Larimar Street. It was fine. Relaxed, not particularly intimate, food was good if unmemorable. Nothing wrong with the place, but it was the least interesting of the lot. Had a vegetarian lunch in Boulder at Leaf. Nice place, good food. Not much more to say. Final meal before heading to the airpot was lunch at Domo, a Japanese "country" restaurant. My wife loved the brown rice and the food was certainly not standard Japanese. Not a soy sauce bottle in site. Muted flavor, healthly food. Probably not for every one, but we liked it.

That's it!

1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

El Diablo
1429 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

Root Down
1600 W. 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: eade

      I think, by "standard Japanese," the OP means what you'd find in a standard Japanese restaurant in the United States, which almost always includes soy sauce on the table. Domo is authentic Japanese, but in the US, isn't "standard."

      In any event, these are just quibbles - I think we all agree that Domo is excellent, no matter what you call it.

      1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204