John Holly’s Asian Bistro recently opened its fourth metro area location, this time in the former Japon location in Washington Park. Like the three other outposts in Lone Tree, Harvard Gulch, and Highlands Ranch, John Ye’s Pan Asian menu offers Chinese and Thai entrées as well as a full menu of sushi and sashimi.

One of my stand-bys is the chef’s special basil seafood dish with tender scallops, shrimp, and lobster piled high over pea pods, fresh basil, sliced jalapeños, and mushrooms. Bathed in a balanced oyster sauce with a hint of wine and overtones of licoricey Thai basil, it’s a dish that always satisfies.

Bonus Tip: Don’t see one of your favorites on the menu? Ask nicely and if the kitchen isn’t slammed, they’ll often make it for you.

2223 W. Wild Cat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, 303-683-5558

2422 S. Downing St., 303-722-8686

1028 S. Gaylord St., 303-942-0158

9232 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, 303-768-9088