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Travis Masar's Top 10 Authentic Asian Food Restaurants In Denver

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"This is the expert on Vietnamese food," the Top Chef judges say to Colorado's Travis Masar in a preview of the episode that airs tonight on Bravo at 8 MST.

"Not fully yet," Masar replies. The French culinary trained Colorado native got interested in Asian food at a later age, and completely fell in love. "I learned Asian cooking techniques by going and visiting Asia with friends. I would watch my friends' grandmothers, aunts, and cousins cook in their kitchens. I also worked for a Vietnamese wedding catering company in Denver that catered only traditional Vietnamese weddings," he says.

Masar, whose mentor is Duy Pham of Epernay, adds "Denver's Vietnamese community and culture is really big and I feel that [the city] seems to hold its own when it comes to authentic Vietnamese food. I have also had some of the best sushi in Denver. Although the Korean population in Denver is comparatively smaller than the Korean population in L.A., I think Denver has some really authentic Korean restaurants."

So without further ado, here are the top 10 authentic Asian food restaurants in Denver, handpicked by the Vietnamese expert-in-training himself, Travis Masar.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Star Kitchen

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2917 W Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 936-0089
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Often called the best restaurant for Dim Sum in town, Star Kitchen is an off-the-radar book that shouldn't be judged by its cover. Seek out this strip mall near Lakewood; you wont be disappointed.

2. Thai Monkey Club

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102 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 248-3334
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Thai Monkey Club brings authentic Thai food to the historic Baker neighborhood, offering fresh noodle dishes, curries, fried rices and Thai soups. This restaurant also has a new location on Colfax.

3. New Saigon

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630 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 936-4954
"I go to New Saigon deli for its pork belly banh mi sandwich," Masar says. New Saigon's 25 years in business make it a well-oiled machine. Don't miss the bakery next door, either.

4. Silla Restaurant

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3005 South Peoria Street
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 338-5070
This Aurora restaurant serves Masar's favorite Korean barbecue in town. "The kimchi soft tofu soup is the best there," he recommends.

5. Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

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1365 Osage St.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-3666
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This is Masar's pick for the best every day lunch joint. "Domo is the best deal in town and the noodles are great," he says.

6. Ba Le Sandwich

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1044 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 922-2129
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Ba Le banh mi sandwiches are tied with New Saigon for his favorite Asian sandwich in town. Ba Le is a Vietnamese and French fusion restaurant that focuses on melding sweet and savory flavors.

7. Pho 888

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539 Sable Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 367-4180
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Another Aurora hot spot on Masar's list is reminiscent of his time spent in Vietnam, including the fresh cracked black pepper. This the the it-place for pho.

8. Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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526 S Chambers
Aurora, CO 80017
(303) 369-2220
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The Denver Metro's best Chinese food is in Aurora, says Masar. Chef Liu's is his go-to for bold and spicy Sichuan cuisine.

9. Sushi Den

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1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826
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Sushi Den tends to be everyone's favorite Denver sushi joint, and how could it not? Fresh fish, high attention to detail, and a brand new saké list make it the best experience, hands down.

10. Epernay Lounge

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1080 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 573-5000
Chef Duy's Vietnamese food is some of Masar's favorite in Denver. This upscale eatery blends traditional Vietnamese with French influence, and contemporary elements like live DJs and bottle service.

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1. Star Kitchen

2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219
Often called the best restaurant for Dim Sum in town, Star Kitchen is an off-the-radar book that shouldn't be judged by its cover. Seek out this strip mall near Lakewood; you wont be disappointed.
2917 W Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80219

2. Thai Monkey Club

102 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Thai Monkey Club brings authentic Thai food to the historic Baker neighborhood, offering fresh noodle dishes, curries, fried rices and Thai soups. This restaurant also has a new location on Colfax.
102 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

3. New Saigon

630 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
"I go to New Saigon deli for its pork belly banh mi sandwich," Masar says. New Saigon's 25 years in business make it a well-oiled machine. Don't miss the bakery next door, either.
630 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219

4. Silla Restaurant

3005 South Peoria Street, Aurora, CO 80014
This Aurora restaurant serves Masar's favorite Korean barbecue in town. "The kimchi soft tofu soup is the best there," he recommends.
3005 South Peoria Street
Aurora, CO 80014

5. Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

1365 Osage St., Denver, CO 80204
This is Masar's pick for the best every day lunch joint. "Domo is the best deal in town and the noodles are great," he says.
1365 Osage St.
Denver, CO 80204

6. Ba Le Sandwich

1044 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
Ba Le banh mi sandwiches are tied with New Saigon for his favorite Asian sandwich in town. Ba Le is a Vietnamese and French fusion restaurant that focuses on melding sweet and savory flavors.
1044 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219

7. Pho 888

539 Sable Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80011
Another Aurora hot spot on Masar's list is reminiscent of his time spent in Vietnam, including the fresh cracked black pepper. This the the it-place for pho.
539 Sable Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80011

8. Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine

526 S Chambers, Aurora, CO 80017
The Denver Metro's best Chinese food is in Aurora, says Masar. Chef Liu's is his go-to for bold and spicy Sichuan cuisine.
526 S Chambers
Aurora, CO 80017

9. Sushi Den

1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Sushi Den tends to be everyone's favorite Denver sushi joint, and how could it not? Fresh fish, high attention to detail, and a brand new saké list make it the best experience, hands down.
1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

10. Epernay Lounge

1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Chef Duy's Vietnamese food is some of Masar's favorite in Denver. This upscale eatery blends traditional Vietnamese with French influence, and contemporary elements like live DJs and bottle service.
1080 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

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