“Bright, fun and super-colorful, the poke bowls at this Capitol Hill spot not only look good, they taste good, too. Unlike the suddenly trendy spots that are all poke, all the time, Sushi Cup offers not just Hawaiian cuisine, but Japanese and Korean, too; the various influences prove a perfect match for poke. Sit at one of the tall wooden tables and dive into Off the Shore, a dish filled with tuna, pineapple, mango, Fuji apple, nori and a bright splash of ponzu. The shrimp tempura is an unusual but winning combination of shrimp tempura, crab salad, cream cheese and sweet-spicy sauce. And if you feel like eating your poke with one hand, any of the bowls can also be made into a sushi burrito.” WESTWORD
“Poke, the Hawaiian dish made with diced, marinated tuna or other seafood, was a rarity in Denver even just two or three years ago. Back in those dark, poke-less days, the seafood dish was only available at a few Hawaiian joints in town, like Iwayama Sushi, and as occasional appetizers at seafood giants like Jax Fish House. But recently, poke has spread to more traditional sushi bars, as well as restaurants that aren't necessarily fish houses or Pacific Rim specialists. You'll find it at Mister Tuna, where poke seems an obvious choice, as well as places like Public School 303 or the Yard House, where soy-marinated tuna swims alongside more traditional pub fare.
While culinary trends tend to take over menus in waves, poke is now hitting Denver with tsunami force, with entire eateries dedicated to the dish opening up in shopping centers and neighborhoods around town. Ohana Island Kitchen started as a walk-up joint serving Hawaiian specialties out the side door of the Truffle Table before moving across the intersection to 2563 15th Street last fall. Of Ohana's half-dozen entrees, three are poke-based, ensuring that the popular little joint sells plenty of tuna, thus keeping supplies fresh.
If that's not enough, the Governor's Park neighborhood is about to be bowled over by Sushi Cup, which will take over the tiny slot at 208 East Seventh Avenue vacated by Flow Juice Bar.
While the simplest versions of poke are little more than diced fish dressed in soy and sesame oil, Sushi Cup's bowls will venture far beyond that.” Westword
“A grab-and-go sushi joint is rolling into Capitol Hill.
Sushi Cup, a fusion of sushi and Hawaiian food, is moving into 208 E. Seventh Ave. next to Max’s Wine Dive. The restaurant is filling the space Flow Juice Bar left last year.
“It was the perfect size that I was looking for,” said Andrew Castillo, the restaurant’s head chef. “It’s in the middle of a few places … the spot there has a lot of traffic.”
Castillo, who previously operated a franchised sushi restaurant in Denver, is planning for a March or April opening. He plans to spend about $30,000 to remodel the space, and another $30,000 on equipment like freezers, refrigerators and prep tables.
Sushi Cup has a variety of classic sushi rolls on its menu, as well as sushi bowls and salads. Visitors can choose between a variety of protein options, including spam, tofu, ahi tuna or salmon.
Castillo said he searched for six months before finding the 450-square-foot location on Seventh Street. He has two employees — a chef and a sous chef — but looks to hire more.
Because the restaurant only has seating for five people inside, Castillo imagines the joint will be a grab-and-go lunch or late-night snack spot.
“As long as I have the ingredients on hand I can make you anything you’re looking for, even if it’s not on a menu,” he said.
Castillo hopes to expand more in Denver in the next six to eight months, with sights set on a location on or near the 16th Street Mall.” Kate Tracy businessden