Poke trend picks up in Denver with opening of Sushi Cup

“If Hawaii and Japan had a torrid affair, their culinary love child would be poke. Combining cubes of raw fish with delicious Hawaiian seasonings is something we need more of in our lives, so we’re psyched that the trend is picking up in Denver and that Sushi Cup opened last Friday next to Max’s Wine Dive on 7th Avenue.

Despite the “sushi” name, this restaurant will be serving poke bowls and burritos — layers of rice, marinated raw fish, fresh veggies and chopped nori — in addition to sushi rolls.


“We aren’t like all the other poke trend pop-up restaurants looking to open fast, have high sales and sell the business right away,” owner Andrew Castillo said. “My menu will not only feature a diverse range of options, but it will bring the quality and service of a sushi restaurant.”By the way, poke is pronounced po-kay — kind of like Jackée from TV’s “Sister Sister” and “227” (oh come on, you watched) — and Sushi Cup isn’t messing around with mispronunciations. “
Allyson Reedy
Food Writer

Andrew Tovar-Castillo