Don’t be fooled by Nozawa’s unassuming air and quiet space tucked away in a hotel lobby ” the Vail restaurant serves up some serious sushi.
And really, any unnecessary frills would be a distraction from the decadent rolls. I let my chopsticks roam around the sushi platter, sampling each kind of roll in turn. All were fresh and tasted just as good as they looked.
Let your eyes feast on the Mountain Top roll, with crab meat, tuna, avocado and cucumber arranged in a peak-shaped mass and topped with masago. I almost hesitated to dig into the beautifully arranged Hama Hama, a nice combination of spicy yellowtail and salmon with the sweetness of fresh water eel.
One of the best creations was a Double Double roll, a glorious little roll with layers of spicy tuna, yellowtail and salmon. Watch out, it really is spicy!
There’s more to Nozawa that just the sushi. Start off the meal with the rice wraps, a light combination of shrimp and vegetables wrapped in rice paper and served with hoisin sauce. The entree menu also offers a variety of Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes ” the most popular include the stir-fried Szechuan Shrimp, and the oh-so-smooth Panang Curry.
Cool off on a summer day with a Chinese or Japanese beer, but for a warmer drink, try the Purple Haze Sake, which is infused with Chambord, the raspberry liquor.
Nozawa is owned by siblings George and Susan Yuan, and they like to boast that they have some of the best off-season deals in town. During off-season, Nozawa has 50 percent off all sushi on Tuesday and Thursday, 25 percent off rolls the rest of the week, and half off sake and beer during the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour.
2211 N. Frontage Road
In the Holiday Inn