Focus on the fish: Sushi restaurant opens in Winter Park |

Focus on the fish: Sushi restaurant opens in Winter Park

Sushi King, next to Rocky Mountain Roastery in Winter Park, began serving last Sunday, Oct. 26, and word has already been spreading throughout Grand County.Owners and partners Douglas Duong and John Ha are pleased to bring the success of their Ridge Sushi restaurant of Littleton to Winter Park. Theyre really excited to come in, Duong said of their new customers. We bring real Japanese food into town.The restaurant offers Udon noodle dishes, Bento boxes, several other traditional Japanese entrees, as well as a sizeable menu of maki rolls, tempura, sushi and sashimi. Just some of the delectables found in the dishes include white tuna, sweet shrimp, red snapper, yellow tail, scallops, salmon and flying fish roe, crab, octopus, and fresh water eel. Theres also some vegetable, chicken, pork and beef choices, ice cream (including red bean and green tea flavors), and, of course, the beer and wine list includes sake.Most of it is pretty simple and straightforward, Duong said of the menu. You can actually taste the fish, which he stresses is really the main ingredient in most sushi. He said sometimes the key ingredient gets lost in the shuffle when so many other ingredients are added, making many sushi places too much Americanized.But not at the Sushi King, which uses all original recipes and Japanese cooking styles. The sauces and everything are made right here, he said, and the way we make it and the sauces we use are traditional.Ha, who has 15 years cooking experience, shares the kitchen with chef Richard Shieh, who came up from the Littleton location. Shieh has about 10 years experience, great customer skills, and can do just about everything and do it well, Duong said.It is a family-run business. Duongs wife Ring is the sister of Has wife, Sherry Chen. They liked the Fraser Valley environment, visiting in the past to fish, and are now hoping to learn to ski.Duong, who runs more of the business side of things, and Ha hail from China originally. Duong studied as a chemical engineer and Ha had already been training in the culinary field. When the two moved to California, Ha added on about five more years training and approached Duong about opening a restaurant.They have been running Ridge Sushi in Littleton since 2005 and are very proud of the loyal clientele they established. They started looking for a place to branch out last year and it was the growth in Grand County that really caught their eye for the new location.They took out a dividing wall between the two suites where Mama Falzittos used to be and can seat about 80 people. The two front doors showcase the menu and patrons now enter the establishment through a south-side door.Take-out and private party space is available. Daily specials will be added down the line and hours may be expanded this winter.He and his partner signed a five-year lease but Duong is optimistic theyll be here for a long, long time.

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