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Sushi Cup

NAMED THE BEST FAST CASUAL POKE OF DENVER 2018

SUSHI CUP IS A MODERN AND UNIQUE TWIST ON POKE WHICH COMBINES HAWAIIAN, KOREAN AND JAPANESE FOOD TOGETHER.

What we did was combine Hawaiian style with the taste of Japanese raw fish. Hawaiian Poke is essentially the Japanese equivalent of sashimi. Through combining both cultures, we were able to create Sushi Cup, which is a healthy fast food alternative that everyone can enjoy from: gluten free, vegetarians, vegans and even non-fish connoisseurs.

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

What We Think About Denver’s Poke-mania

“Hawaiian poke bowls—marinated raw yellowfin tuna, typically served atop white rice—are one of the trendiest foods of the year, garnering some serious press and steadily infiltrating cities across the U.S. Here in Denver, poke (pronounced poh-kay) is definitely having a moment.

The poke boom can likely be attributed to the fact that it’s an ideal fast-casual food: quick, portable, healthy-ish. But we can’t help but wonder just how sustainable this trend is. Yellowfin (a.k.a. ahi) tuna is the protein of choice when it comes to poke, a top-of-the-food-chain species that’s been rampantly overfished to alarming levels. While the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch does list a few methods for responsibly sourced yellowfin, these options are hard-to-come-by and often expensive. Then there’s the environmental impact of shipping such a decidedly non-local ingredient all the way to landlocked Colorado.

For now—and as long as there are still fish in the sea—we imagine that the poke trend won’t be going anywhere. Here’s to hoping that Denver’s poke restaurants can find a way balance consumer demand with environmental responsibility.” 5280 MAGAZINE

Fast Casual Poke Spot Replaces Flow Juice Bar in Cap Hill

“Sushi Cup will open in the next few weeks at 208 E. Seventh Avenue next to Max’s Wine Dive in a space that housed on and off the Flow Juice Bar. Renovations to the small space started toward the end of January and equipment is ready to be moved into the upcoming eatery.

The Japanese meets Hawaiian restaurant will focus on poke bowls (or poke cups...or sushi bowls, hence the name) made with simple ingredients that highlight great quality fish (but also vegetarian protein like tofu) diced over rice, complemented by varied condiments.

Fifty lucky fans who like and follow the Facebook page will be chosen to sample Sushi Cup first. When it opens, the new Cap Hill eatery will offer lunch and dinner service seven days a week.

In the meantime, if you have your heart set on grabbing a poke bowl right this very minute, try one of the twelve places we have listed on our Guide to Poke Bowls in Denver.” EATER DENVER

Hours

Monday-Friday: 11a - 8p. Saturday: 12p–8p Sunday: Closed

SUSHI CUP

208 E 7TH AVE
DENVER, CO 80203