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By: Annie Guo | Asian Avenue magazine
Go Fish Japanese Restaurant and Sushi recently celebrated its fifth anniversary–demonstrating its deliciousness is able to compete with the best of the dozens of restaurants along South Broadway. Go Fish, the family-run business, has created quite a name for itself with hundreds of followers on Facebook and a regular crowd who consider the restaurant to serve the “best sushi in town!”
Head chef Peter Ma brings his Chicago restaurateur experience to the mile-high city, after moving to Denver more than two and a half years ago. His entire family has been in the restaurant business, owning and managing Asian restaurants for more than 40 years. And did I mention cooking too? Ma grew up learning the skills of the chef’s hand and the art of cooking. He attended college to major in accounting but soon realized it was not for him. “I grew up in restaurants which I always loved,” he said. “I’m much happier in the kitchen than at a desk.”
He considers food a form of art. Therefore, he, himself, an artist. Well, a different kind of artist. “I can’t draw a stick figure, but give me food and I can make it beautiful,” he joked.
While observing and training with other chefs, he learned the importance of plating. According to Ma, you first eat with your eyes. He said, “Before you eat anything, all aspects of what you see need to be good. If the food looks bad, then you go in already judging its taste.”
With a focus on freshness, he prides himself in finding what customers do and do not like, and then creating fish uniquely for the tastes of each person. For Ma, the greatest compliment to his work is to see repeat customers. “It’s rewarding when people come back because they love what we give them.” For those interested in sitting at the sushi bar and getting know him, he will make an effort to learn what you love to eat and get to know you by name. “I’m here to entertain and make conversation,” he said.
Go Fish’s offerings range from simple to adventurous. If you love seafood, menu highlights include: diver scallops, Chilean sea bass and spicy lobster. Besides doling out top-rate slivers of fish, Go Fish is also know for its inventive entrees, including meats and noodles. During our visit, Ma prepared the delicious Go Fish Special, which I came to call the “I Love Sushi” Roll due to its heart shape. The roll included spicy salmon, tuna, yellow tail, and avocado wrapped with tuna on the outside. Next, the presentation of the Spicy Crispy Tuna was unlike any I’ve seen. With a masterful technique, Ma created a design of dual-colored mayonnaise sauce and then seated the tuna and rice dish on top. Lastly, the Sex on the Beach Roll was certainly the “strawberry on top”. The dish featured shrimp tempura and kani with eel and avocado, topped with strawberries. The fresh wasabi zing made each of these rolls extra delicious.
Aside from the restaurant, the bar and lounge area is now open until 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, serving food until 1 AM. The restaurant is also known for its happy hour: Monday to Saturday from 2 PM to 6 PM.
Pink Lady Roll (8 Pcs) $13.25
Spicy tuna, avocado inside, topped with salmon and spicy kani, baked whole roll.
Mango Tango Roll $13.95
Salmon, cilantro and mango inside, topped with salmon and special sauce.
Beef Tenderloin $18
Lamb Chops $18
Diver Scallops $18
Tempura Udon $13
See the full Go Fish menu here.