Inside Kazan Ramen Bistro, the new Tennyson Street restaurant with its own ramen style

The nearly ready ramen comes out of the kitchen in a 300 degree Celsius (572 Fahrenheit) stone bowl, which they cover with a volcano cover — kazan is Japanese for volcano.

Kazan Seafood Ramen at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A ramen volcano at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
A ramen volcano at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The ever-growing and changing Tennyson Street got itself a ramen option, imported from Osaka, just in time for the cold weather.

The funky, glass-fronted space that for six years housed Axios Estiatorio has a sleek new look and steam in the air as Kazan Ramen Bistro.

Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

An international chain, this is the first Kazan Ramen Bistro in the mainland United States. The first U.S. shop opened inside owner Seiki Takashi’s Waikiki Yokocho market in Hawaii.

“Kazan is a company that’s well established,” Takahashi said, ” so we brought it to Hawaii and now we brought it here.”

“We feel Denver is very unique. It’s an upcoming city,” he added. “The city is growing and the city’s community, the people here, I think are very sophisticated. They do understand and appreciate the ramen concept.”

Kazan Ramen owner Seiki Takahashi, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Kazan Ramen owner Seiki Takahashi, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Chef Mitsuru Saito is at the helm in the kitchen, where they’re turning out handmade noodles, soup, chashu and more using traditional Japanese methods.

At Kazan, they want to show people how Japanese food works, so they complete some of the dish preparation at your table. The Kazan ramen is the menu’s centerpiece, in part for that presentation.

Mitsuru Saito, Kazan Ramen's head chef, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Mitsuru Saito, Kazan Ramen’s head chef, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The nearly ready ramen comes out of the kitchen in a 300 degree Celsius (572 Fahrenheit) stone bowl, which they cover with a volcano cover — kazan is Japanese for volcano. A little hourglass on the table is flipped and the ramen sits for one minute as steam shoots out of the top.

The fried rice is similarly completed at the table, with all the ingredients stacked neatly on top of the egg, only to be mixed and mashed together.

Kazan Shoyu Ramen at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Kazan Shoyu Ramen at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

After a soft open just before Christmas, Kazan Ramen Bistro is revving up and preparing to add daily lunch hours beginning is April. Until then, it’s open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ramen dishes run from $13 to $18, rice dishes from $6.50 to $13, tapas from  $4 to $6 and appetizers from $5 to $18.

Here’s a look at what else is on the menu:

Karaage at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Karaage at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Agedashi Tofu at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Agedashi Tofu at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Gyoza at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Gyoza at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Chasu Plate at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Chasu Plate at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Shoyu ramen at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Shoyu ramen at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the assistant editor and culture reporter for Denverite. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes bourbon straight and dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.