We had visited this place a couple of months ago when I was on a Japanese kick. Last time we were there we had the Unadon Supreme; basically a rice bowl with avocado, masago, nori, and lots of unagi. We also tried an amazing katsudon; again, a rice bowl with chicken, onion, soy dressing, and a very undercooked egg.
This time we started with miso soup and pickles. We also ordered nigiri-zushi: unagi and hamachi (young yellowtail tuna). From previous experience, we knew the unagi would be delicious; but the hamachi was also very nice. These starters with our Kirin Ichiban, were perfect.
For our entrees we chose the beef yakisoba. This hot mess of stir-fried noodles, beef and vegetables, included rice. That was perfect! As we learned in Oishinbo, the mouth-feel of noodles with a "rice chaser" is amazing! Just slurp in the noodles, chew a couple of times, then shovel in some rice and chew some more. You must resist saying "ga-ga-ga" as you scoop the rice in; also resist screaming, "this is GREAT!" until you chew your food.
Our other entree was a combo plate. I have serious trouble making choices when it comes to new foods. I had the combination of chicken teriyaki and the tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlet). I had had my first tonkatsu just a week ago at the Tokyo Express. Although I liked Tokyo's tonkatsu, Kiki's was so much more tender and juicy. Also the chicken teriyaki was wonderful. A very thin slice of breast very lightly grilled; VERY lightly grilled. Kiki's has a very light touch with their food; what could have been a dry, rubbery chicken covered in gobs of sticky sauce, was instead moist and tender...just barely cooked through.
There is so much more to try at Kiki's, I can't wait to go back. I will keep comparing Japanese restaurants in Denver. Though I'm not an expert; I hope to figure it out well enough to give you some solid recommendations. Any help and tips are greatly appreciated!
2440 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222