There’s a new ramen spot in Denver from a former Nobu chef, and it delivers

Sure, the weather may be getting warmer, but that’s never stopped Denver ramen-heads from splashing their way through the dish’s brothy delight.

In November, we shared with you a list of eight places to reach noodle nirvana in the city, from Bones to Uncle, and now, there’s a new place to add to the list.

It’ll be there for the next 60 to 120 days, at least, so slurp it while you can.

Gaijin (guy-gin) is now open in RiNo’s shiny new food hall, Zepplin Station, in its No Vacancy spot. When the dining destination sandwiched between railroad tracks first opened in March, Comal occupied the pod that is the first to greet diners from the main entrance.

Now, it holds Japanese ramen and yakitori from Chef Bill Espiricueta, formerly of Oak and Acorn, who also cooks up at the next food counter over, Injoi Korean Kitchen. (Talk about a short commute between jobs.)

No Vacancy is a rotating space for between 2 and 4 months, so you won’t have much time to try the cuisine inspired by the chef’s passion for Japanese cuisine that was born during stint at Nobu. The menu offers three types of traditional ramen bowls and skewered meats prepared over Japanese white oak charcoal.

Also new at the Zep for those in a rush or just feeling lazy (uh, we mean, really busy at work), the magic words: online ordering and delivery.

OK, so it’s not going very far yet, but Zeppelin Station now offers online ordering and delivery from all of the kitchens, even pints of gelato from Gelato Boy for those insatiable work gelato cravings.

For $3, food will be delivered by bike within a one-mile radius from Confluence Courier Collective.

So now that we know you don’t have to get up from that yoga ball you call a seat, let’s recap some of the other goodies you can find inside Zeppelin Station:

Injoi Korean kitchen
Korean comfort food
We recommend: Spicy fried chicken tenders or the kimchi fried rice.

Aloha Poke Co.
Raw fish bowls
We recommend: Shoyu ahi tuna crunch bowl with spicy aioli. (veggie bowl also available)

Vinh Xuong Bakery
Banh mi and baked goods from a third-generation, family-owned shop
We recommend: The sweet/spicy grilled pork bahn mi.

Namkeen
Indian street snacks from the owners of Spuntino restaurant
The crispy, delicate aloo samosa with spiced potatoes and peas

Au Feu
Montreal-style smoked brisket
We recommend: poutine with twice-fried fries and cheese curds.

Dandy Lion Coffee
Traditional coffee with an Asian twist
We recommend: Vietnamese cold brew chicory coffee over condensed milk.

Gelato Boy
Uh, gelato, duh
We recommend: The Gelato Boy is a fried sesame bun gelato sandwich filled with your choice of filling and it will haunt your dreams

If you’re hanging around, there’s booze, too:

Kiss + Ride
Casual, ground-level bar
We recommend: The Cobbler, with sherry blend, plum, cinnamon and citrus.

Big Trouble
Zeppelin Station’s tiki-ish mezzanine bar
We recommend: The We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat — with vodka, white port, midori, lime and champagne — serves 3-5 people, or someone with a big Uber budget.


Zeppelin Station: 3501 Wazee St., Denver; zeppelinstation.com.

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