My buddy, Stacey, and I went to Table 6 last night as an informal "glad you don't have to study anymore" dinner. I can definitely recommend it to fellow Denverites as a very good restaurant for a special evening. It was a tad on the pricey side, about $55 a piece including a shared bottle of wine, entrees, a dessert each, and tax (excluding tip), but well worth it. For example, we probably could have cut the cost by not getting a bottle of wine, but it was delicious! (I neglected to write down what it was, but Stacey did, so I could get it from her if you're interested. In a nutshell, it was a light and refreshing Italian white.)
I got the Chicken Pot Pie, which was essentially a chicken and mushroom stew with a puff pastry lid. The lid was OK -- I would have preferred a flaky pastry -- but the chicken and mushrooms was very good. It also wasn't too starchy, as these pies often are. It also meant the liquid was on the thin side, but I prefer that. So, all in all, very tasty. Stacey had duck on a bed of julienned pears. I'm not sure of the preparation of the duck -- roasted, perhaps? (Stacey, any thoughts?) At any rate, it was perfectly done and not at all oily, which is what I've run across with duck. The pears were cooked slightly (al dente) and were very tasty. Unfortunately, Stacey's allergy did not allow her to eat more than a few bites of that and the hazelnuts in the dish had to be left off entirely. Regardless, Stacey thought it was very good.
This particular restaurant's specialty is powdered beignets that squirt molten chocolate. Delicious! The chocolate was perfect, as was the warning from the waiter about how to eat it (cut it first, piercing, not crushing it) though I suppose if you popped a whole one in your mouth you'd be OK too. We also got white chocolate crumpets with red current sauce. Very tasty, but the beignets were the best.
The other highlights were non food related. The waiter was attentive, but not overly so. He helped us with the wine selection and was generally charming. Interestingly, the other staff performed a lot of functions for us, filling glasses, bringing and taking plates. I interpreted this as that the whole staff took responsibility for the whole restaurant. If they saw something that needed doing, then they took it upon themselves to do it. I liked that a lot.
Also, the layout and ergonomics of the place were generally good, with one understandable exception. (To be honest, I didn't think of this until I saw on the linked review site something about table size, which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine.) The table size was perfect, small enough to maintain intimacy (perfect for a romantic restaurant, as this one clearly is), but big enough to hold all the plates. When we had dessert, Stacey had coffee (which came with the remainder in a small french press) and I had hot tea (with the accompanying tea pot), and everything fit fine. The tables were far enough apart to allow easy movement, but also near enough to allow spying on your neighbors' meal choices. The density of tables and the noise level were ideal, in my opinion. The only weird thing was a vestibule created from heavy drapes at the entry. It was understandably done to prevent drafts from disturbing the whole restaurant, but it made for an odd entry sequence. Actually, they probably take it down in warm weather, so it would only be weird during the cold months.
The friend of mine who recommended this place said that she came here for a cheese plate appetizer and the beignets for dessert, and I'd have to say, that would be the perfect price-sensible way to go about it.
This place was definetly worth it. The wine was Ribolla Gialla from Dorigo wineries. the official description of this wine is: Florality predominates, complemented by background notes of
tropical fruit. Palate: Very savoury, with pronounced yet well-balanced acidity. Inner-mouth florality leads into a fresh, minerally finish. I don't know what that means to others, but what this meant to me was fuity, but not sweet, with a clean fresh finish. The duck was roasted and VERY tasty. The food portions were generous. Anne is right, the Beignets were much better than the crumpets. The entry didn't bother me that much and actually I appreciated the attention to that detail as the restaurant is small and any opening of the door would have created an "updraft" feeling at every table. The oddity that got me was the hallway to the coat rack and restrooms had an opening on the left which didn't have a door but did have very precarious stairs to the cellar. The doorway had a piece of wood running at the bottom which stuck up about 3 inches; just enough to trip and fall down said stairs if you weren't aware it was there. (creepy shudder) All-in-all, I'd have to say the restaurant was a wonderful diversion and I would definetly go back. The company, of course, was wonderful.
This particular restaurant's specialty is powdered beignets that squirt molten chocolate. Delicious! The chocolate was perfect, as was the warning from the waiter about how to eat it (cut it first, piercing, not crushing it) though I suppose if you popped a whole one in your mouth you'd be OK too
That's a cruel thing to do to me as I eat my broccoli cheese soup and cheese sandwich from the cafeteria downstairs.
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