Restaurant Peek: Volcano Asian Cuisine
Volcano Asian Cuisine
9632 E Arapahoe Road |Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Tel: 303.662.8111 | www.volcanoasiancuisine.com
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 9:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm
Sunday: Noon – 9:30 pm
By Samantha Quee | Asian Avenue magazine
Guess who feeds the Broncos sushi and Chinese fare every Thursday during their football season each year? If your answer is Volcano Asian Cuisine, you are absolutely right! Not only is this Chinese-Japanese restaurant favored by Denver’s favorite NFL team, it is also popular among the local community, offering authentic Chinese, Japanese as well as American-influenced Asian dishes.
Recently relocated, Volcano Asian Cuisine is now housed within the plaza along East Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village. While they retained both their Chinese and Japanese menu, the hibachi cooking station has been removed and replaced with more traditional Chinese dishes.
Owner Jay Zheng says, “Right now, we hope to focus more on Chinese dishes. Our Chinese menu has expanded, with twice as many dishes. We now have more Jiangzhe and Canto dishes, all handmade by our chefs from Shanghai and Guangdong. For fans of our hibachi-style menu, we can still prepare them in the kitchen upon request.” Zheng is also the founder of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).
Highly influential in the Asian community here, Jay started his restaurant business in late 2010. “Food is something that brings everyone together, and I felt that it is a great platform for people from all walks of life. I love to see different ethnicities and nationalities come together and exchange cultural ideas over a satisfying meal,” Jay says.
New to the menu are the pan-fried mini buns. A delicious Shanghai snack, the mini buns brought back fond memories of my college exchange days in Fudan a few years ago. Handmade by their Shanghai chef, each bun is filled with juicy vegetables and ground pork. Every bite bursts with flavor. Be careful! Do not eat these while they are still piping hot as the soup might burn your tongue!
I also greatly enjoyed the Fish in Wine Sauce, made with high-quality fresh flounder fillet, cooked in specially prepared wine sauce. The smooth and tender fillets work well with the sauce, elevating the flavor of the entire dish.
Jay also introduced me to the Seafood Tofu Hot Pot, which is a sensation during this winter season. Served piping hot in a mini clay pot, I enjoyed pairing the dish with a bowl of rice, as the gravy is filled with the essence of the seafood ingredients cooked over low heat for a period of time. I love tofu, and this one-pot dish has definitely become my new favorite comfort food.
Volcano Asian Cuisine also serves crab rangoons, a classic American creation. These crab and cream cheese filled wantons are deep fried to the perfect crunchiness. While diners can find variations at almost every Chinese restaurant and buffet, Volcano’s version uses the best cream cheese, which gives a sweet taste instead of sour. The dish is a hot favorite among the American patrons, along with their Sesame chicken.
Voted Asian Avenue magazine’s Best Asian Fusion Restaurant in 2012, Volcano Asian Cuisine has continued to serve fresh and delicious food to the local community consistently. “We are confident that our customers will enjoy our new menu, and welcome everyone back to our latest location,” says Jay.
Crab Rangoons (6) $4.95
Crispy Garlic Chicken Wings (5) $6.50
Hot & Sour Soup $2.25
Sesame Chicken $12.95
Traditional Chinese food:
Mini Bun – Pan fried (Served during the weekends) $ 8.95
Yellow Crocker Noodle Soup $ 10.95
Fish in Wine Sauce $ 14.95
Seafood Tofu Hot Pot $ 16.95
Shrimp Tempura Roll (5) $6.95
Jalapeno Yellowtail (Yellowtail sashimi with Jalapeno, special sauce) $10.95
Sumomono (5pcs fish and cucumber with ponzu sauce) $8.95