His love for food started at a young age, Kenji Eshima first went to work for Namikos at the age of 15.  Just as most kids are trying to find a place in society Kenji had found his calling in food.  Although Kenji has no formal training or schooling in the cooking field, he has an exceptional palette and an eye for detail which cannot be taught. Kenji’s specialty menu consists of dishes developed with creative inspiration maybe from a picture, scent, or memory of some food had eaten in the past. Namikos Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar has been Kenji’s home for almost all of his adult life.  He has been able to develop his personal style of amazing dishes along with traditional Japanese Sushi.  If you’re lucky enough to catch Kenji’s lemon pepper kanpachi or his Tuna tar tar with garlic bread, order it before its gone!  Kenji posts his specials on an ever-changing board at the sushi bar, here are a couple examples of his creations:

Chili soy seasoned Maguro and Hamachi tartare over a crispy fried sushi rice garnished with black tobiko and cilantro


Seared Lemon peppered Kanpachi, charred asparagus with a garlic ponzu


Maguro with a wasabi yuzu dressed soba noodle, garnished with hiyashi wakame, tobiko and kizami nori


Namikos has been in business since December 1988 located in the Arvada marketplace just off of I 70 and Wadsworth an easily accessible location with abundance of free parking.  Namikos has expanded twice during its long life and has a mesmerizing aquatic theme with over 2200 gallons of salt water aquariums for customers to enjoy.  img_1362Kenji heads up the sushi bar and handles all of the ordering associated with the bar and the back of the house. Northeast seafood has become Kenji’s go to distributor, the quality and selection are outstanding and they always have something for Kenji to base his latest creations on. Thanks to Kenji and the wonderful staff at Namikos they have been awarded with three years of best sushi in Denver via Denver’s A List 2013, 2014 and 2016, as well as ranked Colorado’s best sushi bar via “The Best Sushi Bar in Every State in America” written by Spoon University.

Please come and visit Kenji at Namikos and experience the fantastic dishes he creates with Northeast seafood products!  Visit www.Namikos.com to learn more