Just when you thought Aspen couldn’t get better, you have yet another reason to head there this summer. Nakazawa Aspen is now in the house. In place of the Grey Lady on Mill Street, Nakazawa Aspen is in residence and brings on the competition to visitor-favorite Matsuhisa. While the Nakazawa Aspen menu is not as formal as the original, it’s still the most formal sushi in town. There is more change this year in restaurants than is typical in Aspen. In this case, change is good.
A Unique Nakazawa Aspen Menu
You know that Nakazawa does a mind-blowing omakase, which is the chef’s choice tasting menu. The fish is world-renowned for being some of the best sushi in the world. Essentially the original rendition is a “trust me” menu, with Chef Nakazawa carefully crafting each piece with the precision of a surgeon. Each bite inspires dinner discussion and analysis to take in the complex flavors. There’s no California roll on this list (or even a menu), and the focus is on the experience of the food.
The Nakazawa Aspen version is completely different. What we love about the Aspen outpost is that you can choose your own adventure. Yes, you can opt for the omakase, but it also serves up a la carte dishes. The menu is extensive, with a full page of cold and hot dishes, in addition to, of course, sushi. Highlights include crowd-pleasing king crab salad, hay-smoked crud0, tiger prawn tempura and salmon crispy rice sushi. There’s even a Wagyu steak. The menu, therefore, is more accessible to families and those who are not hard-core sushi fans. Though for $185, the signature Nakazawa Aspen omakase experience is open to you, too.
Also check out our review on The Little Nell Aspen, which is where to stay this summer.