Chef Miki Hashimoto, the owner of the now defunct Japon, opened Tokio, a modern Japanese eatery in the growing Prospect neighborhood. Located at 2907 Huron Street in a brand new development, Tokio aims to bring the food and atmosphere of a neighborhood Japanese restaurant to the Mile High City.
Hashimoto, who helmed Japon for nearly two decades on South Gaylord, enlisted the design help of Kanji Ueki to create the feeling of a traditional Japanese Sakaba bar.
With natural wood elements, soft cream-colored walls, deep purple accents on comfortable barstools, and a splash of red on light fixtures, the space is comfortable and decidedly Japanese-influenced. There is seating at the mezzanine, as well as downstairs either at the bar, a community table, or scant two or four-tops.
The menu brings everything from small apps like Shumai, pork steamed dumpling, tuna tataki with yuzu citrus soy, and blistered shishito peppers with ginger sauce to six kinds of ramen — Tonkotsu (pork broth, soy, pickled bamboo, soft boiled egg) and Shoyu (pork and chicken broth, soy sauce, spinach, green onion, pickled bamboo) are highlights. There is also a raw bar where a variety of nigiri or sashimi is offered, as well as a section dedicated to items cooked on the bincyo-tan Japanese charcoal grill.
Tokio (the spelling of the Japanese capital — Tokyo — used primarily in non-English speaking countries) is open for dinner Monday through Saturday and for lunch daily.