There’s something so appealing about street food. Whether it be from a farmers market in Oregon, a taco stand in Mexico, or a street cart in Germany, I feel like it gives me the chance to sample authentic, fresh offerings that get me in touch with the real cuisine of any culture and its foundation and heritage. With each bite I feel satisfied that Im eating the food that the people of that region actually eat rather than what hotels and restaurants choose for a representation.
So, a big thank you to Street Kitchen Asian Bistro for inviting me to join them for lunch for a sampling of their menu of authentic street bites from carts and stands from Malaysia, China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. Street Kitchen Asian Bistro provides us with a venue to sample Asian street food, all served in a modern atmosphere in Villagio in Centennial.
The restaurant is fun, the decor comfortable and chic, prices are fair, the staff knowledgable and attentive and the food an adventure. Let’s take a little tour.
Their Tuna Tartar alone is worth the trip to Street Kitchen Asian Bistro. It’s sashimi grade tuna, with sushi rice, ginger scented greens, avocado, yuzu crème fraiche topped with a crunch of wonton strips. This truly was an incredible combination of flavors and textures and I’ll be making a trip back for this one very soon.
A shot of the open kitchen. From your table, the sounds, the smells, and the sights of cooking can really help you work up an appetite. Or you can dine at a front row seat at the bar or at the chef’s table and watch they grill satays, make dumplings, hand roll fresh sushi and wok fry regional specialties.
Guests are encouraged to eat like a local and make a meal of many small plates that appear at the table sizzling, crackling and simmering fresh from the kitchen. Each dish arrives as it is prepared. The miso glazed short ribs were just one of these exciting small bites of flavor.
I consider her an artist. She carefully places each ingredient in this intricate and fresh salad.
This is an SK Signature dish, a house speciality with pork, chicken, beef, stir fried with Asian peas, red peppers, Chinese broccoli and topped with a sunny side up egg. Starting from scratch and using fresh and quality ingredients is evident in all the dishes I tried. Fragrant jasmine rice, Shaoxing wine, first-press peanut oil, quality brewed soy and fish sauce and artisan wheat, egg and rice noodles. They even roast their own nuts, chilies and spices, some of which are ground daily to prepare a variety of authentic curries.
Eating at Street Kitchen Asian Bistro was memorable. If you’re looking for Asian restaurants in the Denver Tech Center that offers an impressive lineup of Sushi Rolls, Dumplings, Noodles, Soups and Salads, I hope you’ll give this one a try. It’s a culinary treat. Thanks to Chef and co-owner Mary Nguyen for bringing her street bites to South Denver. She also owns Parallel 17, a hip uptown bistro at 1600 17th Ave. The next time I break out of my Highlands Ranch Bubble, it’s next on my dining list.