Courtesy of Sushi-Rama



2615 Larimer St

Denver, CO

When designing the concept of RiNo’s Sushi-Rama, Jeff Osaka set out to change the perception that Kaiten or “conveyor belt sushi” relies on lower-grade fish to build its rolls and sashimi. To combat this flagrant social misconception, Osaka sources fish from Central Market to ensure quality and employs microchip-embedded plates -- they alert the kitchen when the plate has circled the belt one too many times and needs to be removed -- to ensure optimal freshness. The conveyor belt is undoubtedly the focal point of the colorful main dining room, rotating teeny, color-coded-by-price plates of nigiri and specialty rolls -- like the Hama Rama filled with crab mix, scallop, and cucumber, topped with yellowtail, kaiware, shishito peppers, and macho sauce -- as well as hot kitchen dishes like spicy rock shrimp. Thankfully, Sushi-Rama has managed to maintain a low price point, so once your plates are tallied at meal’s end, the resulting bill (hopefully) won’t be cringe-worthy.