4880 W. 120th Ave #200
Nestled in the Sheridan Crossing Shopping Center on the southeast corner of 120th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard sits Taru Sushi and Grill. Opened last September by Kenny and Elaine Hong, the restaurant boosts some of the best and most innovative sushi rolls in the Denver metro area.
Inside, Taru Sushi carries a modern, yet intimate decor. Warm colors adorn the restaurant and delicate lighting add to the ambiance of the interior.
The fire mountain roll features a medley of diced scallions, spicy tuna and yellowtail, as well as a variation of the California roll. But instead of dipping it into just soy sauce and wasabi, the plate has six distinct sauces form wasabi cream to spicy mayo to mango. A personal favorite is the seafood sauce.
The Kobe roll – named after Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant because of one of the worker’s dislike of the basketball player – is a combination of salmon, tuna and yellowtail with avocado in the interior. The roll is then lightly fried on the outside. It is a common cliché to say something melts in your mouth, but this is possibly as close sushi can melt in one’s mouth.
Taru Sushi’s unique creations carry fun, lighthearted names. The bang bang roll features tuna, crab meat, tempura flakes, avocado and is covered in a spicy eel sauce. The hot night roll features spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and avocado, and is formed into a heart shape.
But raw fish isn’t all they have to offer. The hamachi kama is a tasty grilled yellowtail jaw, served with soy sauce, pepper and salt.
The most delightfully surprising item on the menu is the beef teriyaki. The chefs at Taru Sushi start with an eight-ounce New York strip steak and grill it to a medium rare state. Their house teriyaki sauce carries a gentle sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm the meat’s natural flavors, instead complementing it. The dish is served with a side of various vegetables.
In fact, none of the items on the menu are overwhelming in flavor – and this is Taru Sushi and Grill’s strength. Each carries a subtle aroma that ultimately adds to complete the essense of the dish.