|Tao Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar
594 S. McCaslin Blvd.
Louisville, Colorado is located in the tech belt between Boulder and Denver, Colorado. This area has many upscale malls and restaurants. I was looking for sushi and I had driven by Tao earlier in the morning. With great expectation, I stopped by Tao for lunch.
Tao is a new restaurant and has trendy, modern decor. There is a large sushi bar and seating both in the dark dining room and in a bright sunlit area by the windows. Since I had a book with me, I sat by the windows. The menu at Tao included a variety of Asian specialties, the curry dishes looked good but I was looking for sushi.
I ordered a Philly roll and a Maryland roll. The Maryland roll was tuna, cream cheese and a third ingredient that I cannot remember. I also ordered yellow tail and mackerel nigiri. As an appetizer, I ordered Crab Rangoon. When it arrived, the Crab Rangoon was perfect. Golden brown with crispy edges the flavor and texture were excellent.
When my sushi arrived, I was disappointed. The presentation was ordinary and uninspired. The two rolls were cut into unevenly sized pieces and the Philly roll had huge chunks of cream cheese in it. I like cream cheese, but I like balance as well. The cream cheese to salmon ratio was so high, I knew right away that the cheese would overpower the subtle taste of the fish.
The nigiri looked like it would fall right off the rice. When I tried to eat it — it did fall off the rice. My mistake was recovering the fish and actually eating it. The yellow tail was warm and felt as if it had sat under a heat lamp. The mackerel was almost mealy in texture.
Sevral nearby tables ordered Thai or Chinese dishes that looked very good. The Crab Rangoon was so good, that I may go back and try Tao again wen I am in the neighborhood — but I guarantee that I will not be ordering sushi.
If it weren’t for the Crab Rangoon Tao would have gotten only one rice bowl.
|Tao: 2 rice bowls|