Sushi Zanmai, a high-energy sushi bar and Japanese restaurant in Boulder, transforms a simple meal into an adventurous spectator event. Watch as flashy Japanese chefs prepare your meal hibachi style or at the sushi bar, or join in the fun of their weekly karaoke nights.
Song birds at Sushi Zanmai — Photo courtesy of Sushi Zanmai
The contemporary setting at Sushi Zanmai is spacious and designed in neutral tones, natural woods and traditional Japanese face-masks line the walls. Karaoke and nightly sushi happy hours add to the boisterous atmosphere.
As an added bonus, the service is exceptional; hot towels are served at the beginning of each meal in true Eastern fashion and the service staff are knowledgeable as well as enthusiastic about the menu options. Be sure to ask about their delicious dumpling appetizers, and start off with warm miso soup.
Every Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight, the stage is set and it's time for you to shine (or make a complete fool of yourself). Either way, karaoke nights beat downing drinks in a boring bar while college students hit on you. From Barry Manilow to Beyonce, there's something for everyone to choose from.
And, if you still need your bar fix, Sushi Zanmai is located only a block from fun and exciting Pearl Street, where you can find plenty of pubs slinging ales that will enable you to forget your horrible rendition of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name."
There are also plenty of artsy spots within walking distance, including Boulder Theater if you wanna catch a show.
Nom, nom, nom! — Photo courtesy of Sushi Zanmai
From Spider Rolls to Spicy Tuna and California Rolls, you'll find all of your favorites as well as unique concoctions like the Wasabi Flying Fish Roe and the Colorado Roll, which consists of raw filet mignon. Warm and cold sake are served, as musical enablers and desserts in the form of tempera ice-cream will sooth any diva's bruised ego.
How 'bout prices? Though Zanmai isn't "cheaper" sushi by any means, it won't break your bank either. Not to mention, happy hour specials make many rolls dirt cheap affordable.
While most karaoke bars draw a younger crowd, Sushi Zanmai actually tends to draw all ages, from the 20s college students out because #YOLO to the 30s professionals who need to blow off steam after a long work week. You'll also see people well into their 40s and 50s crooning away, since, apparently, everyone (no matter what their age) has a song in their heart.
And, obviously, you'll see anyone who needs a sushi fix.