Recently we tried a new (to us) restaurant in Denver. It is called Rioja.  This is a Mediteranian insipred cuisine.

Bread and butter

I started with the tuna sashimi and tuna tartare, marinated apple and fennel, anise vinaigrette, crispy apple chips.  It was divine.  The apple chips are an unusual treat.DSCN1204 Rioja

The warm Brussels sprout salad, roasted delicata squash, pancetta apple vinaigrette, pistachio pistou was a great surprise.  Who would have ever thought of having Brussels sprouts in a salad.  It was delicious.  And I don’t even like them, normally.

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The braised Wagyu boneless beef shortrib, gorgonzola creamed farro, pear arugula salad,  candied walnuts, with Don PX sherry reduction was so tender and rich.  It is one of the specialties.  It was phenomenal.

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The quince tortelli, pine nut brown butter, juniper gastrique, organic arugula were quite unique.  The brown butter sauce was very special. DSCN1209 RiojaThis was a fabulous meal.  I know that we will be back again, and of course I’ll have to post that meal as well.

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