Restaurant Peek: East Moon Asian Bistro

Orange Salmon Sushi
Orange Salmon Sushi

East Moon Asian Bistro
8162 S Holly St. | Centennial, CO 80122
Tel: 303.779.9999 |

Open Hours
Mon to Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

By Samantha Quee | Asian Avenue magazine

I have always been an ardent fan of Japanese cuisines, not only for their delicate taste and exquisite presentation but first and foremost, the freshness of the ingredients used. In Japan, it is common to find restaurants offering omakase, which is a meal consisting of dishes specially selected by the chef, made from the freshest ingredient of the day.

If you are as much a fan of omakase as me, East Moon Asian Bistro, an Asian restaurant with a contemporary decor located in Centennial might just be the place for you.

At the age of 30, owner and head chef Steven Chen already has 14 years of culinary skills and experience. He started his career in New York City by attending culinary school where he learned the techniques and skills for Japanese cooking.

In November 2011, he opened East Moon Asian Bistro, which has been a favorite among the locals in Centennial and all over Colorado.

To Chen, using fresh ingredients is the key philosophy of his establishment. “If a certain kind of fish is fresh for the day, I will buy it and add it on to our menu. It is very much omakase-style here.”

Sashimi lovers should not miss the Kampachi ($11). The fresh thinly sliced baby yellowtail sashimi topped with jalapeno and cilantro and drenched in yuzu garlic sauce is a wonderful start to a meal. This melt-in-the-mouth Kampachi has a more tender texture than the usual yellowtail sashimi, and marries perfectly with their summer special drink, the Coconut Mango Mojito ($7), a refreshing drink for the summer weather.

The restaurant also offers the Orange Salmon ($10), which is a creative combination of fresh salmon sashimi coupled with yuzu tobiko and orange to give it a citrus flavor.

Popular dishes also include special rolls such as the Pumpkin Roll ($15) and the Vegas Roll ($12). Wrapped in soy paper, the Pumpkin Roll (consists of crunchy tempura salmon, shrimp tempura, spicy tuna and mango, paired with cream cheesy to give a unique punch to the palate. It is then drizzled with a special combination of mango sauce and eel sauce.

The Vegas Roll is a deep fried roll, with spicy white fish and spicy yellowtail on the inside. It is then topped with seaweed salad and spicy crab meat, providing a gentle heat to the taste buds.

Beyond sushi rolls and sashimi, East Moon also offers a range of Thai and Chinese dishes. The Thai Sweet Basil Duck, for example, offers a true blue southeast Asian flavor. The tenderness of the duck meat is emphasized with the myriad flavors of sweet, sour and spicy. Remember to order a Lychee Martini ($8) to go with this dish.

East Moon is a fantastic testament that quality food does not always carry a heavy price tag. If you are a fan of fresh Japanese and Asian food, pay a visit to East Moon Asian Bistro in Centennial. You might just get hooked.

Pumpkin Roll
Pumpkin Roll

Happy Hour Special
Saturday and Sunday
Open – 7pm
$1 Sushi
including tuna, yellowtail, mackerel and more!

Monday to Friday
3pm – 7pm
Spend $40+ and get a
special roll for free!
(up to $13)

Sample Menu
Seafood Sashimi Salad $10
Ahi Tuna Tataki $10
Sesame Tofu $10
Yakisoba Noodles $10
Lobster Tempura Roll $11
Thai Spicy Mango Beef $13
Black Pepper Red Snapper $15