As you walk into Sushi Rama, smack in the epicenter of white-hot and evolving RiNo, petite, clear-domed plates of sushi whiz like flying saucers up and down the length of the central dining counter by “kaiten,” a special food conveyor belt that is the core concept of James Beard semi-finalist and restaurant visionary Jeff Osaka’s latest venture.
Forget waiting for hoverboards – the future is now.
A welcoming, narrow space warmed by exposed brick and charcoal tinted pendant lights, comfort and ease permeate the latest reincarnation of Ototo alongside subtle whiffs of smoke from the open kitchen. Now featuring grilled dishes and skewers, shared plates, and dont worry, sushi enthusiasts! a raw bar, this prime South Pearl Street corner location offers a more intimate, neighborly ambiance than brother institutions Sushi Den and Izakaya Den.
With a sake pitcher collection cozily adorning the space above the bar and a wall of retractable garage doors, the crisp fall air trickled in and convival chatter spilled out on the leaf-strewn sidewalk the evening of our reservation. A robota restaurant focusing on dishes and skewers slow-grilled over bincho-tan charcoal, Ototo steps away from the sushi that made big brother Sushi Den one of the most long-standing and celebrated institutions in Denver, and opted instead to experiment with shared plates, grilled items, ramen and more.